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La situation religieuse d’après la recherche en sociologie

Religious belonging

Catholics Others Non believers
1999 86.8 1.9 11.3
2008 80.6 3.7 15.7

Religious self-identification

Religious person Non-religious person Atheist Do not know
1999 80 11 3 6
2008 79 10 4 6


God Sin Life after death Paradise Hell
1999 91 69 60 56 49
2008 87 61 53 53 40

Trust in Church

A great deal Quite a lot Not very much None at all
1999 19 44 30 5
2008 19 34 34 11

Religious belonging has somewhat declined in the observed period. This is particularly visible through the rise of non-believers. In general, when comparing the census and the EVS data, the sociological approach reveals a somewhat higher number of those who do not belong, as well as a lower number of religious minorities. This can be an indication that people belonging to religious minorities will tend to declare themselves non-believers rather than revealing their minority status.

Contrary to religious belonging, religious self-indication proved stable in the observed period. Independently of the meaning of religiosity for each person, religious self-identification is very spread in Croatia.

Belief is very common in Croatia, as 87% of population declared believing in God in 2008. Beliefs in other religious truths (sin, life after death, paradise, and hell) are present to a lesser extent. Nevertheless, it should be noted that beliefs decreased between 1999 and 2008.

Trust in Church has also somewhat declined from 1999 to 2008, though the majority of the population keeps trust (53%). The number of those without trust was on rise, the Church remaining however (along with the educational system) the most trustworthy institution ; this should be viewed in the light of the generally very low trust in institution found in Croatia.

For further information about the religious situation in Croatia see also :
- Ančić, B., Zrinščak, S. (2012) "Religion in Central European Societies : Its Social Roles and People’s Expectations". Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe 5(1), p. 21-38 (in English).
- Nikodem, K., Zrinščak, S. (2012) "Croatia’s Religious Story : The Coexistence of Institutionalized and Individual Religiosity". In : D. Pollack, O. Müller, G. Pickel (eds.) The Social Significance of Religion in the Enlarged Europe. Ashgate, p. 207-227 (in English).

Source : Črpić, G., Zrinščak, S.,"Dynamism in Stability : Religiosity in Croatia in 1999 and 2008". Društvena istraživanja, 105-106 (1-2), 2010, p. 3-37. (in Croatian), Article based on the European Value Survey 1999 and 2008.

D 27 novembre 2013    ASiniša Zrinščak

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