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Croatia

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Croatia

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Quick Facts
CapitalZagreb
Governmentpresidential/parliamentary democracy
Currencykuna (HRK)
Areatotal: 56,542 sq km
water: 128 sq km
land: 56,414 sq km
Population4,390,751 (July 2002 est.)
LanguageCroatian 96%, other 4% (including Italian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, and German)
ReligionRoman Catholic 76.5%, Orthodox 11.1%, Muslim 1.2%, Protestant 0.4%, others and unknown 10.8% (1991)

Croatia is a country in Southern Europe on the east side of the Adriatic Sea, to the east of Italy. It is surrounded by Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the north, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the east and Serbia and Montenegro in the northeast and south east.

Map of Croatia


Regions

Administrative divisions 
20 counties (zupanije, zupanija - singular) and 1 city* (grad - singular); Bjelovarsko-Bilogorska Zupanija, Brodsko-Posavska Zupanija, Dubrovacko-Neretvanska Zupanija, Istarska Zupanija, Karlovacka Zupanija, Koprivnicko-Krizevacka Zupanija, Krapinsko-Zagorska Zupanija, Licko-Senjska Zupanija, Medimurska Zupanija, Osjecko-Baranjska Zupanija, Pozesko-Slavonska Zupanija, Primorsko-Goranska Zupanija, Sibensko-Kninska Zupanija, Sisacko-Moslavacka Zupanija, Splitsko-Dalmatinska Zupanija, Varazdinska Zupanija, Viroviticko-Podravska Zupanija, Vukovarsko-Srijemska Zupanija, Zadarska Zupanija, Zagreb*, Zagrebacka Zupanija

Cities

Ports and harbors 
Dubrovnik, Dugi Rat, Omisalj, Ploce, Poreč, Pula, Rijeka, Sibenik, Split, Vukovar (inland waterway port on Danube), Zadar

Other destinations

Korcula - Island in Dalamatia

Neretva River Area in Dalmatia

Understand

Climate

Mediterranean and continental; continental climate predominant with hot summers and cold winters; mild winters, dry summers along coast

Terrain

Geographically diverse; flat plains along Hungarian border, low mountains and highlands near Adriatic coastline and islands

Highest point 
Dinara 1,830 m

History

In 1918, the Croats, Serbs, and Slovenes formed a kingdom known after 1929 as Yugoslavia. Following World War II, Yugoslavia became an independent communist state under the strong hand of Marshal TITO. Although Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, it took four years of sporadic, but often bitter, fighting before occupying Serb armies were mostly cleared from Croatian lands. Under UN supervision the last Serb-held enclave in eastern Slavonia was returned to Croatia in 1998.

Visitors now to Croatia's more popular towns would see little physical evidence of this violence. Croatia's coastal areas are especially stunning, and have the hybrid charm of Eastern European and the Mediterranean.

For more and detailed information, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Croatia

Get in

Most Western European and North American nationals can enter Croatia with a valid passport and without a visa. For German citizens even entering with a valid identity card is possible. The document of identity must be valid at least three months longer than you plan to stay in Croatia.

By plane

Croatia Airlines - natioanl carrier, recently became a partner of sky alliance - so lufthansa flights are available
Adria Airways - Slovenian national carrier flies from Ljubljana to Split and Dubrovnik
GermanWings - cheap connection from Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart and soon Hamburg, to Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik
Sky EUROPE - cheap connection from Bratislava and Budapest to Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik during summer season
HLX - flies to Rijeka, has good overview of cheaper flights
Adriajet - charters from Scandinavia to Dalmatia (unchecked)

Additionaly many Croatians use Ljubljana Airport (for EasyJET flights to London-Stansted), Trieste and Graz (for RyanAir flights to London-Stansted), which are all within few hours of reach from Zagreb and Rijeka. Some also use Tivat Airport (in Montenegro) which is within easy reach from Dubrovnik.

By train

By car

By bus

Very good network of bus, cheap and regular.

Coming in from Trieste, Italy is popular among Europeans, for Trieste is a RyanAir destination. One crosses the Italian-Slovenian border first, and then the Slovenian-Croatian border, but they are very close to one another. Border security is high, but that's just normal.

By boat

Ferries are cheap and go regularly between various places by the coast. They are not fast but it's the best way to see the beautiful Croatian islands of the Adriatic Sea.

Talk

Many Croatians speak German as their second language, but Italian isn't uncommon either. People in the tourist industry most often speak quite good English, as does the younger generation, especially in the tourist areas of Istria, along the coast down to Dubrovnik, and in the capital, Zagreb. Don't count on elder people to speak English.

Croatian is not an easy language to learn, but the people like when foreign travellers use it for basic things such as greeting and thanking.

Buy

Eat

Drink

Sleep

There is a lot of luxurious camping for ten dollars (1 tent, 2 people).

Similar to many European countries, long-distance ferries and buses in Croatia are often met by people (often little old ladies) offering rooms for rent in their apartments. It is worthwhile to bargain with them a bit, and perhaps get use of a kitchen or morning coffee as well. It is also advisable to have them show the exact location of their place on a map of the area, to ensure that it isn't in the far-flung suburbs.

Learn

Work

Stay safe

There are still many landmine fields left thoughout the country. If one sticks to well-trodden trails in the west and also urban areas there is no need to worry, but poking around in the brush is strongly discouraged.

Stay healthy

Respect

Remember Croatia used to be a war scene in the 1990-ies. One should not start debates about the war or politics, unless you are certain that the Croats are interested. But if one asks politely about the history of the country, the Croats will gladly respond.

Contact

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