The Republic of Croatia is a European parliamentary state and part of European political and cultural history. It is classified as medium sized like some others such as Denmark, Slovakia, Switzerland etc.
It is a land of open frontiers and simple customs regulations. It is also a peaceful country with much respect for its guests.
Croatia occupies the largest part of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea which as part of the Mediterranean penetrates deeprst into European soil. It is one of the best ecologically preserved parts of Europe.
It is a land where the hues of the sunny and warm Mediterranean happily blend with the tranquility of freshness of mountains and the gentle sway of the golden plains of Pannonia. The Dianara Mountain range seperates the country’s Mediterranean region from its central European continental part.
Although a small country, Croatia has a rare European landscape which boasts as many as eight national parks.
As for sea and sailing, Croatia’s shoreline and numerous islands enjoy the majority of the Adriatic coastline.
The mainland covers an area of 56,594 square kilometers. The population is 4,290,612 inhabitants. The majorit are Croats and the minorities are Serbs, Bosnians, Slovens, Hungarians, Czechs, Italians and Albanians.
Croatia is a multi-party parliamentary republic. The capital is Zagrep with 792, 875 inhabitants.
COASTLINE & ISLANDS
6,278 km coastline of which 4,398 km is made up of island coastlines, solitary rocks and reefs. There are 1,244 islands 50 of which are inhabited.
There are three climate zones in Croatia; In the country’s continental interior the prevailing climate is moderately continental, while the mountain climate prevails at 1200 m above the sea level.
The areas along the Adriatic coast have a pleasantly mid Mediterranean climate with a large number of sunny days, summers are hot and dry and winters are mild and wet.
The official currency in Croatia is the kuna. Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices and in the majority of tourist information offices, hotels and campsites. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
There are hospitals and clinics located in all big towns and cities while smaller centres have dispanseries and pharmacies only.
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