Macedonians of Croatia

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 in Croatia
Македонци во Хрватска
Makedonci u Hrvatskoj
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 Zagreb County
 Istria County
Macedonian and Croatian
Macedonian Orthodox
Related ethnic groups
Other South Slavs

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 SFR 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.


Macedonian memorial in the krypt of the Đakovo Cathedral.

The main Macedonian cultural association in Croatia is the Macedonian Community in Republic of Croatia (Croatian: Croatian). 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]

A lectorate in Macedonian language was established at the University of Rijeka in 2008.[5]



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).[6] 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.

The Macedonian Orthodox Church of Saint Zlata of Meglen in Zagreb was dedicated in May 2023.[7]



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.[8]

Macedonians by counties and cities

County Macedonians %
City of Zagreb 1,036 0.14%
Istria 488 0.25%
Primorje-Gorski Kotar 443 0.17%
Split-Dalmatia 269 0.06%
Osijek-Baranja 230 0.09%
Zagreb County 206 0.07%
Zadar 98 0.06%
Sisak-Moslavina 90 0.06%
Dubrovnik-Neretva 89 0.08%
Karlovac 86 0.08%
Vukovar-Syrmia 69 0.05%
Šibenik-Knin 68 0.07%
Bjelovar-Bilogora 56 0.05%
Požega-Slavonia 48 0.07%
Međimurje 47 0.04%
Varaždin 43 0.03%
Virovitica-Podravina 43 0.06%
Koprivnica-Križevci 42 0.04%
Krapina-Zagorje 41 0.03%
Brod-Posavina 39 0.03%
Lika-Senj 24 0.06%
10 most populated cities with Macedonians
No City Macedonians %
1 Zagreb 1,036 0.14
2 Rijeka 240 0.22
3 Pula 203 0.39
4 Split 145 0.09
5 Osijek 139 0.14
6 Zadar 63 0.09
7 Karlovac 62 0.13
8 Velika Gorica 57 0.09
9 Šibenik 46 0.11
10 Sisak 43 0.11

Notable Macedonian Croatians


See also



  1. ^ "Stanovništvo prema narodnosti, popisi 1971. - 2011" (in Croatian). Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Pravo pripadnika nacionalnih manjina u Republici Hrvatskoj na zastupljenost u Hrvatskom saboru". Zakon o izborima zastupnika u Hrvatski sabor (in Croatian). Croatian Parliament. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  3. ^ Makedonci Zagreb-
  4. ^ ZUMRH-
  5. ^ "Петнаесет години од отворањето на Лекторатот по македонски јазик во Риека". Sloboden Pečat. 9 May 2023.
  6. ^ MPCO-
  7. ^ "Plenković: Hrvatska je jedan od najvećih zagovaratelja Makedonije u EU". tportal. 20 May 2023.
  8. ^ Makedonski Glas-