|(10 million (est.))|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||642,643 (2008)|
|United States||374,241 (2000)|
|Predominantly Roman Catholic|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Other Slavic nations, especially South Slavs|
Croats (Croatian: Hrvati) are a South Slavic nation mostly living in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and nearby countries. There are around 5 million Croats living in the southern Central Europe region, along the east bank of the Adriatic Sea and an estimated 9 million throughout the world. Large Croat communities exist in a number of countries, including Chile, the United States, Argentina, Australia, Germany, New Zealand and South Africa. Croats are noted for their unique culture, which has been throughout the ages variously influenced by both the Eastern world and the Western world. The Croats are predominantly Catholic and their language is Croatian.
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