Tuesday, 9 March 2021

2020 Sees Drop in Marriages, Rise in Life Partnerships in Croatia

ZAGREB, 9 March, 2021 - A total of 36,257 births were registered in Croatia in 2020 as against 36,553 in 2019, the Večernji List daily said on Tuesday, quoting data from the Justice and Public Administration Ministry.

In 2020 there were 15,163 marriages, of which 6,497 took place in a religious ceremony and 8,666 in a civil ceremony. This is as many as 4,779 fewer marriages than in 2019. Last year also saw 66 life partnerships between persons of the same sex, an increase of 47 life partnerships compared to 2019. Most life partnerships were registered in Zagreb and in Primorje-Gorski Kotar and Istria counties.

A total of 59,814 persons died in 2020, an increase from 54,050 deaths in 2019.

On 31 December 2020, there were 4,610,461 voters on the electoral register, of whom 3,709,444 lived in Croatia and 901,017 abroad.

Most out-of-country voters were from Bosnia and Herzegovina (322,298), followed by Germany (118,587) and Serbia (115,492).

The citizenship of 178,867 voters was not known.

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Romantic Proposal at Shakespeare's ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' on Lovrijenac!

Shakespeare would be proud of this couple!

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Little Town Otok near Sinj Pays Bachelors to Get Married

Making a decision to get married might not be the easiest one, for sure. People are not so keen to get married very young and even if in the "right age", they seem to be less interested in marriage. In Otok near Sinj, the local authorities decided to stimulate people to get married by paying them a one-time financial incentive.
According to Radio Dalmacija, Otok near Sinj is full of eligible bachelors. More than 400 of them are still not married and it seems they are not planing to get married any time soon.

The Mayor of Otok, Branko Samardžić sais: "If we would know the real reason, we would solve it. I believe we are not the only one with this kind of problem, many are struggling with the very same issue."

To inspire the bachelors of Otok to start a family, the municipality has decided to stimulate them. The offer is valid from January 1, 2016 and for each new marriage, the municipality offers 5.000 kn (approx. 650 eur).

"We chose this kind of support in starting a family in the amount of five thousand kuna. We support every newborn child too. For the first, we give 2.000 kn, for the second it is 4.000 kn, for the third, 6.000 kn, and so on.. . We care for students too. We have 110 of them and all of them all receiving scholarships. Elementary school children have free school books and high school students free transportations", said Branko Samardzic and he added: "People are make jokes about it now, but we believe that they will accept it with time."

We hope that the support of the five thousand kuna for starting a new family and the financial incentive for every child will stimulate the bachelors of Otok to get married, but also that we will inspire other cities and municipalities to do the same.