Croatian diaspora in the Kingdom of Denmark
It is estimated that there are about 2,500 Croats and their descendants living in Denmark. Until recently Croatian population totalled 1,000 people, most of whom moved to Denmark in the 60s and lower number of Croats moved in the 80s and 90s of the last century.Majority of those who moved in the 90s were Croats from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The trend changed when Croatia joined the EU so since July 2013 the number of Croatian immigrants is growing. Most of them live in and around Copenhagen and in the Jutland peninsula, around major cities such as Aarhus and Aalborg.
Status of Croats in Denmark
Danish citizenship can be obtained after residing in Denmark for at least nine years. Spouses of Danish citizens who are foreigners can apply for citizenship after six years of marriage. The Kingdom of Denmark allows dual citizenship.
It should be mentioned that the Republic of Croatia and Denmark have concluded the international Agreement on social security.
Despite the growing number of Croats living in Denmark, there is no association or organization where Croatian citizens could gather.
On social networks, such as Facebook there are several groups of Croats in Denmark, the most active being Croats in Denmark: (https://www.facebook.com/groups/436064396484255/about/ ) as well as the page for Croats in Denmark (https://www.facebook.com/Hrvati-u-Danskoj-680334048669789/).
Croatian classes and courses of the Croatian language
There are no classes of the Croatian language and culture or courses of the Croatian language on institutions of higher education.
Croatian Catholic Mission
The Croatian Catholic Mission has been active until 2004. In spite of that, Holy Mass in Croatian is organized on two locations: once a month in Copenhagen, headed by the president of Croatian Catholic Youth (CCY) from Malmö, and in St. Michael Church, .in Kolding ( Jutland peninsula) several times a year headed by CCY president from Neumünster (Germany).