Macedonians of Croatia

Macedonians in Croatia
Македонци во Хрватска
Makedonci u Hrvatskoj
Total population
Regions with significant populations


Istria Region, Osijek
Primarily Macedonian and Croatian
Macedonian Orthodox Church
Related ethnic groups

Macedonians in Croatia refers to the group of ethnic Macedonians who reside in Croatia. According to the official census of 2011, there are 4,138 ethnic Macedonians in Croatia.

Macedonians are recognised as an autochthonous national minority, and as such they elect a special representative to the Croatian Parliament, shared with members of four other national minorities.[2]


Macedonians had been migrating to Croatia since the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Early Migration was primarily of Macedonians from a rural background. These migrants have been joined by many newer business migrants who have come to Croatia for the opportunities offered. Many settled in the national capital Zagreb, and the Istria region. Macedonian communities can be also found in larger towns such as Osijek, Pula, and Zadar.


The main Macedonian cultural association in Croatia is the Macedonian Community of Croatia (Croatian: Zajednica Makedonaca u Republici Hrvatskoj). It was founded in 1992 and it branches over six other smaller organisations from the major cities where Macedonians reside.[3] The Cultural associations are as follows; KUD-Ohridski Biser from Zagreb, KUD-Makedonija from Split, KUD-Biljana from Zadar, KUD-Brak Miladinov from Osijek, KUD-Ilinden from Rijeka and KUD-Kočo Racin from Pula.

The associations encourage traditional Macedonian folklore and customs from the motherland. They also encourage the upkeep of Macedonian heritage, language and traditions in Croatia.[4]


Macedonians in Croatia are predominantly adherents to the Macedonian Orthodox Church . There are four organised church communities which are abbreviated to the MPCO (Macedonian: Makedonska Pravoslavna Crkovna Opština).[5] The four Communities are St. Zlata Meglenska of Zagreb, St.Naum of Ohrid in Split, St.Joachim of Osogovo of Pula and St.Tsar Constantin and Tsaritsa Elena of Rijeka. Father Kiro Velinski holds liturgy in Zagreb and Split.


There are several Macedonian language newspapers operating in Croatia. The most prominent is Makedonski glas (Macedonian: Македонски Глас, meaning Macedonian voice) which has been in print since the 1990s. It is printed with financial assistance from the Croatian government.[6]

Macedonians by counties and cities

County Macedonians  %
Istria 454 0,22%
Bjelovar-Bilogora 93 0,07%
Karlovac 90 0,06%
Koprivnica-Križevci 51 0,04%
Krapina-Zagorje 48 0,03%
Lika-Senj 23 0,04%
Međimurje 21 0,02%
Primorje-Gorski Kotar 489 0,16%
Sisak-Moslavina 125 0,07%
Varaždin 66 0,04%
Zagreb County 190 0,06%
Zagreb town 1315 0,17%
Dubrovnik-Neretva 109 0,09%
Split-Dalmatia 387 0,08%
Šibenik-Knin 63 0,06%
Zadar 122 0,08%
Brod-Posavina 75 0,04%
Osijek-Baranja 311 0,09%
Požega-Slavonia 60 0,07%
Virovitica-Podravina 54 0,06%
Vukovar-Syrmia 124 0,06%
10 most populated cities with Macedonians
No City Macedonians %
1 Zagreb 1315 0,17
2 Rijeka 320 0,22
3 Split 280 0,15
4 Pula 229 0,39
5 Osijek 178 0,16
6 Zadar 87 0,12
7 Karlovac 71 0,12
8 Sisak 62 0,12
9 Velika Gorica 59 0,09
10 Dubrovnik 49 0,11

Notable Macedonian Croatians

  • Ordan Petlevski
  • Ljupka Dimitrovska - singer
  • Kostadinka Velkovska - actor


External links

  • Union of Macedonians in Zagreb
  • Community of Macedonians in Croatia

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