According to the National Youth Programme for the Period 2014-2017 (Nacionalni program za mlade 2014 – 2017), 'youth' in the Republic of Croatia refers to persons aged between 15 and 30 years old.
According to the data provided by the Census of 2011, youth represents 18.6% of the total population of Croatia (comprising 794,901 people). Table 1 provides an overview of youth in the Republic of Croatia by age and gender.
Source: Croatian Bureau of Statistics
However, the proportion of young people in the general population has been decreasing. In 1953, this proportion was 27.7%, in 2001, 20.3%, and the demographic picture provided by the last census in the Republic of Croatia in 2011 found that there were only 652,428 children (aged between 0 and 14 years old), indicating that the number of young people in the general population is set to decrease further.