Croats in Bolivia
|Regions with significant populations|
|Santa Cruz, Cochabamba|
|Christianity (mainly Roman Catholicism)|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Other Croatian diaspora groups|
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Croatian immigration to Bolivia was a migratory movement that traces its roots to the 19th century, which had some strong and important development in the history of Santa Cruz, which resulted in the settlement of the Chaco regions of central South America. The Croatian government estimates that the Croatian diaspora in Bolivia has an estimated 5,000 people, including immigrants and descendants of third and fourth generation.
The first Croatian immigrants, mostly from the province of Dalmatia, arrived between mid-19th century and early 20th centuries. These immigrants settled mainly in the eastern region of the country, in the city of Santa Cruz; in Cochabamba; and in the southern region, around Tarija.
There are no programmes in Croatian language on either the Bolivian radio or television station. There is no print media in Croatian.
There is only one Croatian language teaching private initiative (Bolivian-Croatian school families Franulić).
In Cochabamba, Croats are well organised and have a Croatian home.
Croats in Bolivia still show high level of the Croatian national consciousness.
- Branko Marinkovic, businessman.
- Rajka Baković, Croatian-Bolivian student, who along with her sister Zdenka became known as the "Baković Sisters" during World War II.
- Boris Kraljevic, Computer Scientist, Mechanical Engineer, CEO, Businessman
- Ivo Kuljis Fuchtner, Minister of Development or Economy
- Edo Kunstek, university professor of mining (mineria)
- Luis Luksic, painter and poet
- Nicolas Tudor, footballer
- Robert Jakubek, consul
- Fabian Yaksic, poet, editor, politician, journalist
- Galia Yaksic, journalist