Croatia 2017-02-24T16:00:00+00:00

Country Stats

  • Population: 4.48 million

  • Area: 56,538 sq km

  • Capital: Zagreb

  • Language: Croatian

  • Currency: Croatian Kuna

  • Unemployment rate: 14.8%

  • Religion:  Croatia is predominantly Roman Catholic (around 88%), with Orthodox Christians (4%) and Muslims (1.3%) making up a small proportion of other religious practitioners. 0.4% Evangelicals (Source: Operation World)

TEN is helping Croatia to find forgiveness and reconciliation after years of prejudice and poverty. TEN supports Croatian partners as they serve the poor and share the love of Jesus. Some of the ways they currently help include distributing food to the poor and hungry, running Alpha Courses and providing relief in times of emergency.

Our Partners in Croatia

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for the Catholic Church in Croatia who receives mixed press. They are at the forefront of reconciliation and justice issues but have been criticised for being a state facility rather than a place of making disciples. Pray that churches throughout Croatia will be full of abundant worshippers of God, committed to a life following Jesus.

  • There is a deep impact of historic and recent hatred between Croats, Serbs and Bosnians. Please pray for repentance and forgiveness all round.

  • Pray for the large areas of Croatia where a Christian presence is minimal. Istria, Dalmatia, Zagorje and much of the west coast in particular have a barren Christian witness.

  • Education has been widely criticised in Croatia and many families leave Croatia in search of better quality schools for their children. Pray for a wholesale improvement in education.

  • Please pray for good governance led with wisdom and integrity, with the interests of the poor and vulnerable in the forefront of their policies.

  • Pray that God will raise up leaders, men and women who will pray for their countrymen and share the love of Jesus within Croatia.

The Need

During WWII the Ustaše (a Croatian fascist group) attempted to eradicate Serbians, Jews and Roma Gypsies chiefly through Nazi ordained death camps. In opposition arose the Partisans, led by Tito, his overriding policy was to create a state in which no ethnic group dominated politics. Sadly he engineered this by creating a one-party state that rigorously stamped out opposition, whether nationalist, royalist or religious. Tito felt the Catholic church was complicit in the WWII massacres and was hard on religious Croatians.

Fast-forward to 1990 and Croatia gained independence from Yugoslavia. Far from a joyous independence was initiated amidst war and separation between Croats and Serbs. A peace treaty was eventually made on the basis that Croatia would protect minority groups and human rights, which many would argue is not being done.

Croatia today is part of NATO and its government has swung from right to left wing and back again. Croatia is making good use of its stunning coastline attracting lots of tourists whilst preserving the natural beauty and ecology of the area. However, while coastal Croatia enjoys a booming tourist industry, the north and east of the country remains very under-developed and extremely poor. Overall, Croatia is handling the global economic crisis and continues to progress in a capitalist market. It still has work to do in changing prejudiced attitudes, reforming the judicial system and reducing corruption.