As many as 419 out of 556 towns and municipalities in Croatia have registered a decline in population over the past four years, according to data from the Bureau of Statistics.
23 towns and municipalities out of the 419 which posted declines, saw a population drop of 10% or more since Croatia joined the EU in 2013.
With over 130 towns and municipalities in Croatia recorded an increase, or similar levels, over the past four years, one is leading way – the small Dalmatian island of Šolta.
The population on the island has increased by 20.4% over the past four years, according to the latest statistics.
Šolta’s population has increased by 550 from 1,700 recorded in 2013, mainly due to people moving to reside on the island, Jutarnji list reports.
Out of the 550 new people, 92 were from abroad.
In the same period, 203 people from the island left, meaning there was net growth of 347 people or 20.4%.
Šolta is situated in the central Dalmatian archipelago, west of the island of Brač, south of Split.
Elsewhere, Zagreb has seen population growth of 1.5%, whilst Rijeka declines by 2.2%. Split and Osijek both declined by 1.7% and 1.2% respectively.