Croatian Culture


  • When meeting someone for the first time, greetings tend be formal and reserved.
  • A handshake with direct eye contact is the most common form of greeting.
  • Greetings will often be accompanied by the phrase ‘dobro jutro’ (‘good morning’), ‘dobar dan’ (‘good day’) or ‘dobra večer’ (‘good evening’).
  • Bok’ is also used as an informal greeting, often as a way to say ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’.
  • Zdravo’ is a more formal greeting.
  • Generally, the younger person will greet first.
  • Croatians tend to address acquaintances using honorific titles plus the person’s family name (for example, ‘Gospodin’ for ‘Mr’, ‘Gospođa’ for ‘Mrs’, ‘Gospođice’ for ‘Miss’, or their professional title such as ‘Doctor’). Using first names is only appropriate when with close friends and family or when invited to do so.
  • At social events, the host will introduce guests, typically beginning with the women followed by the men (in descending age order). However, depending on the context, the men may be introduced first.
  • When friends and relatives greet each other, it is common for Croatians to hug each other and sometimes kiss both cheeks of their counterpart. However, the latter is more common when a woman greets her female friends.

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  • Population
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    Croatian [official] (95.6%)
    Serbian (1.2%)
    Other (3%)
    [2011 est.]
  • Religion
    Roman Catholic Christianity (86.3%)
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (4.4%)
    Muslim (1.5%)
    Other (1.5%)
    Not Religious or Atheist (3.8%)
    [2011 est.]
  • Ethnicity
    Croat (90.4%)
    Serbian (4.4%)
    Other (4.4%)
    [2011 est.]
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Australians with Croatian Ancestry
    133,268 [Census, 2016]
Croatians in Australia
  • Population
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Croatia.
  • Median Age
    [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (49.3%)
    Female (50.7%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (73.1%)
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (9.6%)
    No Religion (7.0%)
    Other Religion (7.4%)
    Not Stated (2.7%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Croatian (76.1%)
    Serbian (11.9%)
    German (1.4%)
    Italian (1.3%)
    Other Ancestry (9.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Languages Spoken at Home
    Croatian (62.9%)
    English (19.7%)
    Serbian (11.5%)
    Other Languages (5.1%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 78.9% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (35.8%)
    Victoria (35.4%)
    Western Australia (10.4%)
    Queensland (8.1%)
    Other (10.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2007 (94.0%)
    2007 - 2011 (1.2%)
    2012 - 2016 (1.5%)
    [Census, 2016]
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