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CROATIA

Croatia Republic of Croatia is a unitary democratic parliamentary republic at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe (borthering to Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro), and the Mediterranean. Its capital and largest city is Zagreb. The country is divided into 20 counties and the city of Zagreb. Croatia covers 56,594 square kilometres (21,851 square miles) and has diverse, mostly continental and Mediterranean climates. Croatia's Adriatic Sea coast contains more than a thousand islands. The country's population is 4.28 million, most of whom are Croats, with the most common religious denomination being Roman Catholicism.

Since the counties were re-established in 1992, Croatia is divided into 20 counties and the capital city of Zagreb, the latter having the authority and legal status of a county and a city at the same time.

The territory covers 56,594 square kilometres (21,851 square miles) , consisting of 56,414 square kilometres (21,782 square miles) of land and 128 square kilometres (49 square miles) of water. It is the 127th largest country in the world.Elevation ranges from the mountains of the Dinaric Alps with the highest point of the Dinara peak at 1,831 metres (6,007 feet) near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina in the south to the shore of the Adriatic Sea which makes up its entire southwest border. Insular Croatia consists of over a thousand islands and islets varying in size, 48 of which are permanently inhabited. The largest islands are Cres and Krk, each of them having an area of around 405 square kilometres (156 square miles).


TOURISM
Tourism dominates the Croatian service sector and accounts for up to 20% of Croatian GDP. Annual tourist industry income for 2011 was estimated at €6.61 billion. Its positive effects are felt throughout the economy of Croatia in terms of increased business volume observed in retail business, processing industry orders and summer seasonal employment. The industry is considered an export business, because it significantly reduces the country's external trade imbalance. Since the conclusion of the Croatian War of Independence, the tourist industry has grown rapidly, recording a fourfold rise in tourist numbers, with more than 10 million tourists each year. The most numerous are tourists from Germany, Slovenia, Austria and the Czech Republic as well as Croatia itself. Length of a tourist stay in Croatia averages 4.9 days.

The bulk of the tourist industry is concentrated along the Adriatic Sea coast. Opatija was the first holiday resort since the middle of the 19th century. By the 1890s, it became one of the most significant European health resorts. Later a large number of resorts sprang up along the coast and numerous islands, offering services ranging from mass tourism to catering and various niche markets, the most significant being nautical tourism, as there are numerous marinas with more than 16 thousand berths, cultural tourism relying on appeal of medieval coastal cities and numerous cultural events taking place during the summer. Inland areas offer mountain resorts, agrotourism and spas. Zagreb is also a significant tourist destination, rivalling major coastal cities and resorts.

Croatia has unpolluted marine areas reflected through numerous nature reserves and 116 Blue Flag beaches. Croatia is ranked as the 18th most popular tourist destination in the world. About 15% of these visitors (over one million per year) are involved with naturism, an industry for which Croatia is world famous. It was also the first European country to develop commercial naturist resorts.


POPULATION

Due the last statistics: 4.437.460 inhabitants.

Nationalies:
- Croats: 89,6 %
- Serbs: 4,54 %
- Bosniak: 0,47 %
- Italians: 0,44 %
- Hungarians: 0, 37%
- Albanians: 0,34 %
- Slovenians: 0,30%

RELIGION
The country is mostly katholic - 86,3 % (Human statistics in 2011)
- 4,4% Serbian ortodox
- Muslims 1,5 % (Bosnians and Albanians)
- Other: 7,8 %

USEFUL PHRASES, CALL NUMBERS IN CROATIA

- call code: + 385

- Curency: Kuna (1 kuna = 100 Lipa)
1 EUR = 7,6 HRK

- Time: UTC +1 (summer time +2)

IMPORTANT CALL NUMBERS
POLICE - 192
FIREMEN - 193
URGENT - 112
HAK - help on highway - 1987
FORECAST - 060 616-666
TROUBLES ON SEA - 195
From 1.6. to 31.10. is fire usage in nature forbiden!

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
1.1. - NEW YEAR
6.1. - THREE KINGS
EASTER MONDAY
1.5. - DAY OF WORK
30.5. - CORPUS CHRISTI
22.6. - DAY FIGHTING AGAINST FASISM
25.6. - NATIONAL DAY
5.8. - DAY OF NATIONAL VICTORY AND GRATITUDE
15.8. - HOLY MARY'S DAY
8.10.- INDEPENDENCE DAY
1.11. - MEMORIAL DAY
25.12. - CHISTMAS
26.12. - SAINT STEPHAN'S DAY

NAMES OF MONTHS
January - Siječanj
February - Veljača
March - Ožujak
April - Travanj
May - Svibanj
June - Lipanj
July - Srpanj
August - Kolovoz
September - Rujan
Oktober - Listopad
November - Studeni
December - Prosinac


TRAFFIC CONNECTIONS IN CROATIA

ROAD TRAFFIC
Croatian highway have being built since 2000. Now 1400 km of highways are built. There is no vinjeta sistem but pay toll sistem.
Link of Croatian highway sistem and prices for driving: Highway

AIR TRAFFIC
In Croatia are 7 airports. The biggest international airport is in Zagreb. Other airports: Osijek, Pula, Rijeka (island Krk), Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik. National air company is: Croatia airlaines.
Because of tourism country has been opening for cheap flight connections.

SEA TRAFFIC
Rijeka's port is the biggest in Adratic sea, second (Croatian) is Split. For connection mainland-islands they use ferries Jadrolinija. Jadrolinija is national ferry company.
Timetables and prices of Jadrolinija: Jadrolinija


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