Statehood Day in Croatia Date in the current year: June 25, 2016

Statehood Day in Croatia Statehood Day is annually celebrated in Croatia on June 25. It celebrates the 1991 declaration of independence from Yugoslavia.

Croatian Parliament held an independence referendum on May 19, 1991. 93% of voters were in favor for independence of Croatia from Yugoslavia. On the same day the Croatian Parliament formally proclaimed independence of the Republic of Croatia.

However, Croatia didn't gain its official independence till October 8. On June 25, 1991 Slovenia and Croatia proclaimed their independence, which triggered the Ten-Day War with Yugoslavia. The conflict was ended by the Briony Agreement, signed by representatives of Yugoslavia, Croatia and Slovenia. According to the agreement, Slovenia and Croatia had to suspend all activities related to proclamation of independence for three months.

Originally Statehood Day was celebrated in Croatia on May 30, marking the day of the constitution of the first post-Communist multi-party Parliament. Celebration of Statehood Day was moved to June 25 in 2002, since this day is more historically valuable.

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