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General information on Croatia. Fact file, climate, entertainment, lifestyle, airports, business hours. Learn more about Limassol, Paphos, Polis.

GENERAL INFORMATION

FACT FILE

Croatia is a country at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Central Europe, and the Balkans. It extends from the foothills of the Julian Alps in the north-west and the Pannonian Plain in the east, over the Dinara mountain range in its central region, to the Adriatic coast in the south.

Official Name: Republic of Croatia
Area: Total 56,542 km² (21,831 sq. miles)
Lowest point: Adriatic Sea 0 m
Highest point: Dinara 1,830 m

Capital: Zagreb
Currency: Kuna (HRK)
Official language: Croatian
Time zone: CET (UTC+1); CEST (UTC+2)
Dialing Code: +385
Internet top-level domain (TLD): .hr

Average annual temperature: 14 C
Blue flag beaches: 117

Main International Airports: Zagreb Airport (ZAG), Dubrovnik Airport (DBV), Split Airport (SPU)
Ports and terminals: Omisalj, Ploce, Rijeka, Sibenik, Vukovar (on Danube)

Religions: Roman Catholic 87.8%, Orthodox 4.4%, other Christian 0.4%, Muslim 1.3%, other and unspecified 0.9%, none 5.2%

Government: Parliamentary republic
President: Stjepan Mesić
National holiday: Independence Day, 8 October (1991)

Population: 4,493,312 (2007)
Population density: 81 people/km²
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Total est. $ 66.708 billion (2007) Per capita $ 18,800
Human Development Index (HDI): 0.850 (high) (2005)

Business hours:

Offices: Monday - Friday (08:00 - 16:00)
Banks: Monday - Friday (07:00 - 19:00)
Shops: Monday - Saturday (08:00 20:00)

Most major credit cards are widely used and accepted.


Croatia is a beautiful small country situated on the Adriatic coast. It is known as the country of a thousand islands. If you have ever dreamt about being on a small island alone with someone, this is the place for you. If you are a nature lover, Croatia offers: camping, mountain hiking/biking, rafting, scuba diving and skydiving. Besides its natural beauty, it also offers: a unique history, a unique mixture of cuisines, many internationally recognized hotels and helpful individuals.

With a coastline that stretches thousands of kilometers, more than 1,000 offshore islands, and where a mild Mediterranean climate eases you through the worst ravages of autumn and winter, Croatia's appeal is obvious. Throw in chocolate-box pretty Venetian old towns, whose terracotta roof tiles find themselves in the starring role of many an iconic photograph, rugged mountain ranges and melt-in-the-mouth Adriatic seafood, and the cocktail becomes even more intoxicating.

The most prominent feature of Croatia's tourist industry is its Dalmatian coastline, which is indented with rocky cliffs, peninsulas and small inlets. Numerous good quality hotels and marinas have been resurrected or constructed in the past few years, and the Croatian province is once again beginning to enjoy a tourist boom reminiscent of its heyday in the 1930s. There is a special atmosphere to Croatian towns and villages, many of which are built on the sites of ancient Greek settlements dating from the 4th century BC. This, coupled with a welcoming and determined population, Mediterranean climate, scenic beauty and lush vegetation, is aiding Croatia's rise from the ashes of war into one of the world's tourist hotspots.

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Shopping hours in Croatia: the greater part of the shops, in the week days, are opened from 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., while during Saturday and Sunday are open until 2.00 p.m. During summer season they are opened also after 8.00 p.m. The offices of the public administration and trade are opened to the public from Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Click here to learn more


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