Croats of Slovenia

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The Croats are an ethnic minority in Slovenia, numbering 35,642 people according to the 2002 census [1].

Croats have lived in today's Slovenia for hundreds of years as the two nations were a part of Austrian-controlled lands for a great deal of their history. However, unlike other historic inhabitants of Slovenia, Hungarians and Italians, the Croats have not been granted minority rights, despite the fact they are one of the largest minority groups. This is partially because of the influx of other citizens of the former Yugoslavia, of which several groups now also outnumber the Italians and Hungarians.

In 2006, the Croatian Heritage Foundation along with the Federation of Croatian Societies of Slovenia organized the Week of Slovenian Croats in Zagreb as part of the heritage foundation's annual Croatian minority week.

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