Croats of Boka Kotorska

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Croats of Montenegro
Total population
6,021[1]
Regions with significant populations
Bay of Kotor 4,519 [2]
Languages
Croatian
Religion
Roman Catholicism
Related ethnic groups
South Slavs
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Percent of Croats in municipalities of Montenegro in 1953
Ethnic composition of 3 Boka municipalities in 2003

The Croats have a minority in Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor), a coastal region in Montenegro, the largest of their kind in Tivat. The three municipalities making up the Bay of Kotor (Tivat, Kotor and Herceg-Novi) include 4,519 Croats or 6,70%.[2] They are also known as Bokelji, a common name for all inhabitants for of Boka Kotorska. Tivat is home to the minority political party Croatian Civic Initiative, and to the National Council of Croats in Montenegro.

Religion[edit]

Many Croats in this region are followers of the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kotor in Kotor is part of the Archdiocese of Split-Makarska in Croatia and its faithful are mostly the Croats in Boka.

Places of worship

Notable individuals[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Settlements in Montenegro with significant Croatian minority (10 percent or more) include (2011):[3]

Census Year
District Number of Croats Percentage
1948
Herceg-Novi 8.39%
Kotor 25.94%
1953
Boka kotorska 22.26%
Census Year
Municipality Number of Croats Percentage
1961
Herceg-Novi 1,544 10.18%
Kotor 3,483 20.92%
Tivat 3,423 57.29%
1971
Herceg-Novi 1,195 6.5%
Kotor 2,612 13.8%
Tivat 3,375 48.73%
1981
Herceg-Novi 702 3.01%
Kotor 1,644 8.03%
Tivat 2,876 30.87%
1991
Herceg-Novi 630 2.28%
Kotor 1,617 7.2%
Tivat 2,663 23.35%
2003
Herceg-Novi 831 2.45%
Kotor 1,842 7.84%
Tivat 2,761 19.73%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hrvatska manjina u Crnoj Gori (Croatian)
  2. ^ a b Statistical Office of Montenegro: Census 2011 data - Municipalities
  3. ^ Statistical Office of Montenegro: Table N1. Population by ethnicity by settlement