Croatian Bolivians

Croatian language Croatian diaspora Croats in Slovakia
Croats in Bolivia
Hrvati u Boliviji (Croatian)
Total population
5,000 [1]
Regions with significant populations
Santa Cruz, Cochabamba
Spanish, Croatian
Christianity (mainly Roman Catholicism)
Related ethnic groups
Other Croatian diaspora groups
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Croatian Bolivians are one of the main European ethnic groups in the South American country, although their figures are not as large as those of its neighbours.

Croatian immigration to Bolivia was a migratory movement that traces its roots to the 19th century, which had some strong and important development in the history of Santa Cruz, which resulted in the settlement of the Chaco regions of central South America. The Croatian government estimates that the Croatian diaspora in Bolivia has an estimated 5,000 people, including immigrants and descendants of third and fourth generation.[2]

Migration history

The first Croatian immigrants, mostly from the province of Dalmatia, arrived between the mid-19th century and early 20th centuries. These immigrants settled mainly in the eastern region of the country, in the city of Santa Cruz; in Cochabamba; and in the southern region, around Tarija. Included are Istro-Romanians, who became adjusted to Bolivian society because of the linguistic similarities between Istro-Romanian and Spanish, as well as Latin identity of Istro-Romanians.


There are no programmes in Croatian language on either the Bolivian radio or television station. There is no print media in Croatian.

There is only one Croatian language teaching private initiative (Bolivian-Croatian school families Franulić).

In Cochabamba, Croats are well organised and have a Croatian home.

Croats in Bolivia still show high level of the Croatian national consciousness.

Notable people

See also


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