Croatian language factsheet

Written on 10 February, 2021

Croatian in Croatia

Croatian is the standardised variety of the Serbo-Croatian language used mainly by people in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is spoken by around 7 million speakers. 

Five interesting facts about the Croatian language:

1. The Croatian language was first mentioned in the year 1275 in a document called “Istarski Razford”.

2. Croatian Parliament passed the decision to make Croatian the official language in 1847 replacing Latin.

3. The Croatian alphabet has 30 letters.

4. The word ‘encyclopedia’ was first used 1559 by Pavao Skalić from Zagreb (capital of Croatia).

5. The word ‘Paprika’ was transferred into many European languages in its original form and not translated.

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