Statehood Day in Croatia in 2020

Statehood Day in Croatia in 2020
  How long until Statehood Day?
This holiday next takes place in 250 days.
  Dates of Statehood Day in Croatia
2021 Croatia Fri, Jun 25 National Holiday
2020 Croatia Thu, Jun 25 National Holiday
2019 Croatia Tue, Jun 25 National Holiday
2018 Croatia Mon, Jun 25 National Holiday
2017 Croatia Sun, Jun 25 National Holiday
Commemorates Croatia's declaration of independence from Yugoslavia on 25 June 1991
  Local name
Dan državnosti
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When is Croatian Statehood Day?

This state holiday is always celebrated on June 25th. In Croatian, it is known as 'Dan državnosti'.

This holiday is Croatia's national day and commemorates Croatia's declaration of independence from Yugoslavia on June 25th 1991.

History of Croatian Statehood Day

Historically part of the Austria-Hungarian Empire until its collapse at the end of World War I, Croatia was one of the six republics that formed Yugoslavia.

In May 1991, the Croatian independence referendum had resulted in a 94% vote in favour of establishing an independent Slovenia.

Following the result, the Croatian Parliament formally proclaimed independence with the Constitutional decision on sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Croatia on June 25th.

Delayed independence

While the declaration occurred on June 25th, Croatia celebrates its Independence Day on October 8th as following the declarations of Independence by Croatia and Slovenia, a three month period of no further independence actions was put in place to see if an agreement could be reached with Yugoslavia.

In the end, those discussions proved fruitless and so Croatia became an independent nation on October 8th 1991.

Until 2002, Croatian Statehood Day used to be May 30th, marking the day when in 1990 the first post-Communist multi-party Parliament was constituted.

Government offices, businesses, and schools are closed in Croatia on Statehood Day. 

Slovenia also celebrates Statehood day on the same day, as it was also a state created from the dissolution of Yugoslavia.

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