A b o u t  C r o a t i a


Croatia is a Central European and Mediterranean country, bordering Slovenia,Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croatia also has a long maritime border with Italy in the Adriatic Sea. These borders total 2,028 km altogether.

Croatia covers a land area of 56,691 square kilometres and has a population of about 4.5 million people . Over 90% of the population is Croat (the majority of whom are Roman Catholics), but there are also Serbian, Bosniak, Hungarian and Italian minorities. The main population centres are Zagreb, the capital (with a population of just under 800,000), Osijek in the northwest, and the ports of Rijeka, and Split in the south. The official language is Croatian, which is written in the Latin script.

Croatia has an amazing 5,835km of coastline, 4,057km of which belongs to islands, cliffs and reefs. There are 1,185 islands in the Adriatic, but only about 50 are populated. The largest island is Krk (near Rijeka) which has a land area of 462 square km.

The climate is Mediterranean along the Adriatic coast, meaning warm dry summers and mild winters, with 2,600 hours of sunlight on average yearly - it is one of the sunniest coastlines in Europe! In the interior of the country, the climate is continental with hot summers and cold, snowy winters.

Official name: Republic of Croatia

Area: 56.542 sq.km (Land)

          87.609 sq.km (Land and sea)

Land boundaries: 2197 km

System of government: Republic with the multi-party parliament-SABOR

Capital City: Zagreb

Official language: Croatian

Ethnic structure: Croats (89.6 %), Serbs (4.5 %), other nations (5.9 %-Bosniak, Italian, Hungarian, Slovenian, Czech, Albanian)

Religions: Roman Catholic (87.8 %), Orthodox (4.4%), Muslim (1.3 %), other Christian (0.4 %), Atheist (5.2 %), other and unspecified (0,9 %)

Population: 4.5 million people

Proportion of population Village-City: 42 %/58 %

The principal economic activities in the Republic of Croatia include: Agriculture, the foodstuff ,textile, wood and timber, metalworking, chemical and petroleum industries, the electrical manufacturing industry, shipbuilding, the shipping industry and tourism.

    Croatian national dress

 Preko-Island of Ugljan         Novalja-Island of Pag

 Banjol-Island of Rab        Vrbnik-Island of Krk

 Medulin-Istria                 Srijane-Gornja Poljica

 Polac'a-Ravni Kotari                Otoc'ac-Lika

Stojdraga-Z"umberak             Nas"ice-Slavonia

Selci D'akovac'ki-Solavonia      Sic'e-Nova Gradis"ka   

Prekopakra-West Slavonia      Kupinec"ki Kraljevec

S'ljakovina-Turopolje      Hvar-Island of Hvar


Vela Luka-Island of Korc"ula     Slavonski Brod

Peljes"ac Orebic'-Peljes"ac Peninsula



                                                 Croatian map

              N a t i o n a l  p a r k s  i n  C r o a t i a

                            National park Plitvice

                                                  National park Velebit

                                         National park Risnjak

                                         National park Mljet

                                          National park Paklenica

                                              National park Kornati

                                              National park Brijuni

                                            National par Krka


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