Croat in Libya





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

South Slavic people mostly live in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and nearby countries. There is a notable Croat diaspora in western Europe, the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The area settled by Croats has a large diversity of historical and cultural influences, as well as diversity of terrain and geography. The coastland areas of Dalmatia and Istria were subject to Roman Empire, Venetian and Italian rule; central regions like Lika and western Herzegovina were a scene of battles against the Ottoman Empire, and have strong epic traditions. In the northern plains, Austro-Hungarian rule has left its marks.

Despite that, Croats have maintained a strong, distinctive culture and sense of national identity. The most distinctive features of Croatian folklore include klapa ensembles of Dalmatia, and tamburitza orchestras of Slavonia. Folk arts are performed at special events and festivals, perhaps the most distinctive being Alka of Sinj, a traditional knights' competition celebrating the victory against Ottoman Turks. The epic tradition is also preserved in epic songs sung with gusle. Various types of kolo circular dance are also encountered throughout Croatia.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The vast majority of Croats are Roman Catholic, and the church has had a significant role in fostering of the national identity. The confession played a significant role in the Croatian ethnogenesis.

What Are Their Needs?

The post-war government's policy of easing the immigration of ethnic Croats from abroad encouraged a number of Croatian descendants to return to Croatia. The influx was increased by the arrival of Croatian refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina and from Vojvodina (BaAka and especially Srijem). After the war's end in 1995, most Croatian refugees returned to their previous homes, while some (mostly Croat refugees from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Janjevci from Kosovo) moved into the formerly-held Serb apartments.

Profile Source:   Lea Maric  

People Name General Croat
People Name in Country Croat
Population in Libya 20,000
World Population 5,291,000
Countries 27
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Slav, Southern
People Name General Croat
Ethnic Code CEW22a
People ID 11437
Country Libya
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 13  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Enthologue Language Map

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Croatian (20,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Croatian 20,000
For Primary Language: Croatian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1564-1992)
New Testament Yes   (1563-1983)
Complete Bible Yes   (1804-1968)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Biblica's Croatian Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Croatian Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Portions Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.40 %)
92.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
2.00 %
6.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
6.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
1.0 %
Roman Catholic
93.0 %
Photo Source: Lea Maric  
Profile Source: Lea Maric  
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