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Paklinski islands, Croatia
Paklinski islands: Mali Vodnjak (r), Veli Vodnjak (m), Travna and Paržanj (l). The island in the back is Vis.
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Flag of Croatia
Flag of Croatia

Location map of Croatia. Where in Europe is Croatia
Location map of Croatia

A virtual guide to Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia, a country on the north western edge of the Balkan Peninsula in southern Europe, formerly a constituent republic of Yugoslavia. Five countries border Croatia: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia, and it shares a sea border with Italy.

Croatia covers an area of 56,594 km², compared Croatia is slightly larger than bordering Bosnia and Herzegovina, or slightly smaller than the U.S. state of West Virginia.

The country offers a long coastline with over a thousand islands along its coast at the Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean Sea), a variety of medieval towns and villages, and a pleasant Mediterranean climate, such features made it a popular holiday destination within Europe.

Croatia has a population of 4,2 million people (in 2015). Capital and largest city is Zagreb. Spoken language is Croatian.

Republic of Croatia | Republika Hrvatska

Country Profile

The lands that today comprise Croatia were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the end of World War I. 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.

In 2013 Croatia joined the European Union as its 28th member state.

Official Name:
Republika Hrvatska
short form: Hrvatska
int'l long form: Croatia
int'l short form: Republic of Croatia
former: People's Republic of Croatia, Socialist Republic of Croatia.

ISO Country Code: hr, HRV

Time Zone:
Local Time = UTC +1h
Actual Time: Sat-July-20  22:25

Country Calling Code: +385

Capital City: Zagreb (pop. 780 000)

Other Cities: Split (189 000), Rijeka (144 000), Osijek (115 000), Zadar (72 000), Dubrovnik (44 000).

Parliamentary Democracy.
Constitution: Adopted 12 December 1990.
Independence: 25 June 1991 (from Yugoslavia).

Location: Croatia is situated between central and eastern Europe bordering the Adriatic Sea between Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Area: 56,594 km² (21,851 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Rocky coastlines, flat plains along Hungarian border, densely wooded mountains, lakes, and rolling hills.

Climate: In the north it is continental, Mediterranean along the coast, and a semi-highland and highland climate in the central region.

Nationality: Noun: Croats, adjective--Croatian
Population: 4.2 million (2015)
Ethnic groups: Croat 90%, Serb 4.5%, other 5.9% (including Bosniak, Hungarian, Slovene, Czech, and Roma)
Religions: Catholic 88%, Orthodox 4.5%, Slavic Muslim 1.3%, others 6.5%.
Languages: Croatian (South Slavic language, using the Roman script).
Literacy: 98%

Natural resources: Oil, some coal, bauxite, low-grade iron ore, calcium, gypsum, natural asphalt, silica, mica, clays, salt, hydropower.

Agriculture products: Wheat, corn, sugar beets, sunflower seed, barley, alfalfa, clover, olives, citrus, grapes, soybeans, potatoes; livestock, dairy products.

Industries: Chemicals, machine tools, fabricated metal, steel products, aluminum, electronics, paper, wood products, textiles, shipbuilding, petroleum and petroleum refining, food and beverages, tourism.

Exports - commodities: transport equipment, machinery, textiles, chemicals, foodstuffs, fuels.

Exports partners: Italy 13.4%, Slovenia 12.5%, Germany 11.4%, Bosnia and Herzegovina 9.9%, Austria 6.6%, Serbia 4.9% (2015)

Imports - commodities: machinery, transport and electrical equipment; chemicals, fuels and lubricants; foodstuffs.

Imports partners: Germany 15.5%, Italy 13.1%, Slovenia 10.7%, Austria 9.2%, Hungary 7.8% (2015)

Currency: Kuna (HRK)

Croatia in Figures
Key statistical data of Croatia.

St. Mark's Square in Zagreb, Croatias capital city. St. Mark's Church on the left. The square is the location of important governmental buildings: Banski dvori (the seat of the Government of Croatia), the Croatian Parliament (Hrvatski sabor) and the Constitutional Court of Croatia.
Image: Jorge Láscar

Official Sites of Croatia

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President of the Republic of Croatia
Official website of the President's office.

Croatian Parliament (Hrvatski sabor)
Official website of the Croatian Parliament.

Government of the Republic of Croatia
Official Site of the Government of the Republic of Croatia.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministarstvo vanjskih i europskih poslova)
Croatia's Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

Diplomatic Missions:
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the UN
The Permanent Representation of Croatia to the United Nations - New York.
Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the United States of America
Croatia's Embassy at Massachusetts Ave., Washington DC.

Croatian Information and Documentation Referral Agency, the official information portal.

Hrvatski zavod za statistiku
Croatian Bureau of Statistics.

Croatia in Figures
Key statistical data of Croatia.

Drzavni hidrometeoroloski zavod
Meteorological and Hydrological Service of Croatia.


profile Map of Croatia
Political Map of Croatia.
Google Earth Google Earth Croatia
Searchable map and satellite view of Croatia.
Google Earth Google Earth Zagreb
Searchable map and satellite view of Croatia's capital.

Map of the Mediterranean
Political Map of the Mediterranean.
Map of the Balkan Peninsula
Political Map of the Balkans.
Map of Europe
Political Map of Europe.

Croatia News

Croatian News Agency covers Croatia related news also in English.

Croatian daily newspaper published in Zagreb (in Croatian)
Glas Istre
Daily news coverage (in Croatian)
Croatian news - daily, Zagreb (in Croatian)
Weekly magazine with national and international news (in Croatian)
Novi List
Croatian daily (in Croatian)
Vecernji list
Daily news (in Croatian)

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Zagreb city center
Zagreb seen from Strossmayer Promenade, a green terraced walkway that connects Zagreb’s upper town with the city center.
Image: Miroslav Vajdić

Arts & Culture
A virtual portal to Croatian Culture with information on Croatian culture institutions festivals and cultural events.

Dubrovnik Summer Festival
Annual cultural festival presents Philharmonic Orchestras, National Folk Dance and Song, Jazz, and Ballet.

Museum of Arts & Crafts
The museums official website (in Croatian).

Museum Documentation Center
Serves as the documentation, information and communication node of the Croatian museum network, provides a list of museums in Croatia.
Velebit Mountain
Velebit Mountain - a symbol for Croatia's national identity © CNTB

Business & Economy

Hrvatska Narodna Banka
Central Bank Croatia (in Croatian)

Zagreb Stock Exchange ZSE
ZSE is Croatia's only stock exchange located in Zagreb. The exchange trades shares of Croatian companies, as well as bonds and commercial bills.

Hrvatska gospodarska komora
Croatian Chamber of Economy.

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Croatia Airlines
The national airline and flag carrier of Croatia, with its hub at Zagreb Airport. The airline operates domestic and international services predominantly to destinations within Europe.

Zagreb Airport
Craoatia's principal airport provides traveller information, history, maps, distance chart, facilities, and timetable.

Hrvatske eljeznice HZPP
HZPP is the national railway company of Croatia.

Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a forest reserve in central Croatia.
Image: © Plitvička Jezera

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Destination Croatia - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Croatia:
Islands: (there are over a thousand islands in Croatia) Brač Island, Hvar Island, Korčula Island, Krk, Lokrum, Lošinj Island, Mljet Island, Paklinski Islands, Vis Island
National Parks: Krka National Park, Marjan Hill, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Velebit Mountain National Park
Cities: Dubrovnik, Hvar, Poreč, Split, Zagreb
Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, skiing, hiking, climbing, cruising, diving, tours and much more.

Trakoscan Castle
Trakoscan Castle in northern Croatia.
Photo: sanja mm

Croatian National Tourist Board
The central tourism portal with general information about traveling Croatia.

Tourist Association of Lika-Senj County
Travel information for the regions of Lika, Podgorje, Gacka, and the island of Pag.
Tourist Association of Grada Senja
Tourism information for the region around Senj.
Tourist Board Karlobag
Information on tourism, accommodation and cultural heritage of Karlobag region.
Tourist Association Starigrad - Paklenica
Tourism information for Paklenica riviera.

Zagreb Art Pavilion
Zagreb, Croatia's capital city with the 19th-century Art Pavilion.

Capital and largest city in the Republic of Croatia.
Zagreb Tourist Board
Official website of the board with tourism information for Zagreb.
City of Dubrovnik (in Croatian)
Dubrovnik Tourist Board
Tourism information about one of the most prominent Croatian tourist resorts.
Tourist Association of the Town of Otocac.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites
World Heritage Site Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč
Group of religious monuments in Porec.
World Heritage Site Historic City of Trogir
Trogir is an excellent example of a medieval town.
World Heritage Site Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian
The ancient Diocletian's Palace from the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D., forms about half the old town and city center of Split.
World Heritage Site Old City of Dubrovnik
The city of Dubrovnik, the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' on the Dalmatian coast, was an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards.
World Heritage Site Stari Grad Plain
Cultural landscape on the Adriatic island of Hvar that remained practically intact since it was first colonized by Ionian Greeks.
World Heritage Site Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitviče Lakes National Park is a 295 km² forest reserve in central Croatia. It is known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon.

Dubrovnik, old city with catherdal and church
View of the old city with catherdal and church in Dubrovnik.
Image: László Szalai

Rectorate and Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb
University of Zagreb, Rectorate and Faculty of Law.
Image: Suradnik13


Hrvatska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti
Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

University of Zagreb
The University of Zagreb (1669) is the oldest and biggest university in South-Eastern Europe.

Environment & Nature

Kornati Islands
The largest archipelago in the Adriatic Sea; consists of 147 islands, islets and reefs.

Velebit Mountain National Park
Velebit is the holy mountain of the Croats.

Krka National Park
The park in the territory of Sibnik-Knin County includes one or more preserved or insignificantly altered ecosystems.

National Park Mljet
A national park on the small Adriatic island of Mljet.

Plitvice Lakes National Park
Kornati Islands
© CNTB - Photo: Ivo Pervan
Korcula Old Town, Korčula island, Croatia
Korcula Old Town, Korčula island, Croatia.
Image: Hilthart Pedersen


Historical Cultural overview
Croatia's history.

Croatia - an Overview of its History, Culture and Science
Comprehensive information about Croatia's history.


List of Croatian links on the Net
The Directory of Croatian WWW Servers.

Sources and additional Information on Croatia

Amnesty International: Croatia

BBC Country Profile: Croatia

EU Member Countries: Croatia

FAO: Croatia

GlobalEDGE: Croatia

The Heritage Foundation: Croatia

Human Rights Watch: Croatia

OEC: Croatia

Reporters Without Borders: Croatia

Wikipedia: Croatia

The World Factbook -- Croatia
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