Statehood Day in Croatia in 2021

Statehood Day in Croatia in 2021
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  How long until Statehood Day?
This holiday next takes place in 288 days.
  Dates of Statehood Day in Croatia
2022 Croatia Mon, May 30 National Holiday
2021 Croatia Sun, May 30 National Holiday
2020 Croatia Sat, May 30 National Holiday
2019 Croatia Tue, Jun 25 National Holiday
2018 Croatia Mon, Jun 25 National Holiday
  Summary
Marks the day in 1990 when the first post-Communist multi-party Parliament was constituted.
  Local name
Dan državnosti
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When is Croatian Statehood Day?

From 2020, this state holiday will be celebrated on May 30th each year. From 2001 until 2019, May 30th was observed as the Day of the Croatian Parliament, a memorial day and a working day, while Statehood Day was celebrated on June 25th as a public holiday and nonworking day.

In Croatian, Statehood Day is known as 'Dan državnosti' and is Croatia's national day marking the day in 1990 when the first post-Communist multi-party Parliament was constituted.

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.

Following the break up of Yugoslavia, the first post-Communist multi-party Parliament was constituted in Croatia on May 30th 1990.

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.

Did you know?

The Walls of Ston in southern Croatia are the longest preserved fortification system in the world apart from the Great Wall of China.

Delayed independence

While the declaration of independence 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.

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

Slovenia celebrates its Statehood day on June 25th, as it was also a state created from the dissolution of Yugoslavia.

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