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Geographic location: Croatia extends from the foot of the Julian Alps in the Northwest and the Pannonian plain to the East, over the Dinara mountain range in the central part to the Adriatic coast in the South.
Area: 56,542 km2, along with 31,067km2 of territorial waters.

Population: 4.437.460
Capital city: Zagreb (779.145 inhabitants - administrative, cultural, academic and traffic center of the country)

Shoreline length: 5,835km - including islands, islets and cliffs
Number of islands, islets and cliffs: 1,185. The largest islands are Krk and Cres. 67 islands are inhabited.

Climate: Northern Croatia has a continental climate; central Croatia has a mountain climate of variable intensity. The winter temperatures range from -1 °C to - 30 °C in the mountain zone, from 0 °C to 5 °C in the continental area and from 5 °C to 10 °C on the coast. The summer temperatures range from 22 °C to 26 °C in the continental part of the country, from 15 °C to 20 °C in the mountain area and from 26 °C to 30 °C on the coast.

Population: Croats make up most of the population. National minorities are Serbs, Bosnians, Italians, Hungarians, Albanians, Slovenians, Czechs, Slovaks, and so on (according to the Bureau of Statistics for 2001).

Official language and script: Croatian language and Latin script
Religion: Roman Catholics (around 90%), Orthodox, Muslims, Jews, Protestants and others

Currency: The Croatian currency is the Croatian kuna (abbreviation kn, international abbreviation HRK). The kuna consists of 100 lipa (lp). Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices, travel agencies, hotels, camps, marinas; cheques can be cashed in banks.  Payment may be made by credit card (Diners, American, Eurocard - Mastercard, Visa) in stores, restaurants and everywhere signs are displayed and Eurocheques may be used.
Time zone: Croatia lies in the GMT +1 zone. The zone changes to GMT +2 as of the last Saturday in March and lasts until the last Sunday in October.
Electric power supply: 220 V, 50Hz
The telephone code for Croatia: ++385

Public holidays:

  • January 1 - New Year’s Day
  • January 6 - Epiphany
  • Day after Easter - Easter Monday
  • May 1 - Labor Day
  • Corpus Christi - not a fixed holiday
  • June 22 - Day of the Anti-Fascist Struggle
  • June 25 - Statehood Day
  • August 5 - Homeland Gratitude Day
  • August 15 - Assumption
  • October 8 - Independence Day
  • November 1 - All Saints’ Day
  • December 25-26 - Christmas holidays
Important telephone numbers:
  • Police: 92
  • First Aid: 94
  • Fire Department: 93
  • Road Assistance: 987
  • General Information: 981
  • Information on local and long distance telephone numbers: 988
  • Information on international telephone numbers: 902
  • Weather forecast and road conditions: 060 520 520
  • Croatian Automobile Club: +385 1 4554 433

For additional information visit: http://www.hnb.hr/eindex.htm ; http://www.mfa.hr/MVP.asp?pcpid=1612 ; http://www.carina.hr/engindex.htm ;                           http://www.hak.hr/cpage.aspx?page=defaultnews2.aspx&pageID=2&lan=en 

 
 
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