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Capital: Zagreb
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2 Hours
Population: 4,491,543
Languages: Croatian
Electricity: 230 V, 50 Hz
Currency: Kuna
Climate: The climate of Croatia is Mediterranean and continental. The continental climate is predominant with hot summers and cold winters, and mild winters and dry summers along the coast

The Republic of Croatia is situated in central Europe and has borders with Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Serbia-Montenegro and shares a sea border with Italy in the Adriatic Sea. It has a land mass of some 56,414 square kilometres (35,054 square miles) and a coastline on the mainland measuring 1777 kilometres (1,104 square miles). There are also over 718 islands in Croatia, covering a total area of about 3,300 square kilometres (1,300 square miles). Of the 718 islands, just 48 are classed as inhabited. Whilst Croatia has had many border changes, most of its borders are some of Europe's oldest, in particular the northern and western borders. Borders with Serbia (Vojvodina) and Bosnia and Herzegovina are centuries-old historical borders, established for the most part after the wars with the Ottoman Empire in 1669 and 1718. The main industries on the islands are agriculture, fishing and tourism. Croatia's population numbers 4,483,804, of which, as estimated 122,410 reside on the islands (last census 2001).

Most people speak Croatian (96%), whilst the other 4% includes Italian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak and German.Croatia is classed as an acceding state of the European Union, with full membership expected in July 2013. It is also a member of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, NATO and the World Trade Organization.  Tourism is a significant source of revenue during the summer months, with over 11 million foreign tourists annually. Croatia's sucess is in no small part due to the increasing number of budget airlines that have added Croatia to their destinations, these would include Easyjet which flies to Split and Rijeka. Tourism generates revenue in excess of 7 billion (around 15% of GDP) with Croatia ranked the 20th most popular tourist destination in the world, just behind Portugal, but ahead of the Netherlands.

The top 15, largest cities and towns in Croatia, based on urban population are; the capital Zagreb (686,568), Split (165,893), Rijeka (127,498), Osijek (83,496), Zadar (70,674), Pula (57,191), Slavonski Brod (53,473, Karlovac (46,827), Varazdin (38,746), Sibenik (34,242), Sisak (33,049), Vinkovci (31,961), Velika Gorica (31,341), Dobrovonik (28,311) and Bjelovar (27,099). Croatia is divided into 20 counties which are;

Croatia has a number of localities on the Unesco World Heritage list and these include; The Dubrovnik Historical Old Town, Plitvice Lakes National Park, the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec, Diocletians Palace in Split, the Sibenik Cathedral and the city of Trogir. Bjelovarsko-Bilogorska, Brodsko-Posavska, Dubrovacko-Neretvanska, Istarska, Karlovacka, Koprivnicko-Krizevacka, Krapinsko-Zagorska, Licko-Senjska, Medjimurska, Osjecko-Baranjska, Pozesko-Slavonska, Primorsko-Goranska, Sibensko-Kninska, Sisacko-Moslavacka, Splitsko-Dalmatinska, Varazdinska, Viroviticko-Podravska, Vukovarsko-Srijemska, Zadarska, Zagrebacka andGrad-Zagreb.

The following airlines fly into Croatia; national carrier Croatia airlines, Easyjet, Thomson flights, Monarch airlines, Jet2, Ryanair, British Airways, WizzAir, Flybe, Lufthansa, Swiss Airlines, GermanWings, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, SAS, Iberia, Aeroflot, TAP, Transaero Airlines, Finnair, Blue1, Air Berlin and Skywork. Depending on airline, the following cities receive visitors at their respective airports, Zagreb (Pleso Airport - ZAG), Split (Split Airport -SPU), Dubrovnik, (Dubrovonik Airport - DBV) Zadar (Pleso Airport - ZAD), Pula (Pula Airport -PUY), Rijeka (Rijeka Airport - RJK), Bol (Bol Airport - BWK) and Osijek (Osijek Airport - OSI).

The most popular holiday resorts in Croatia are; Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Labin, Lopud Island, Opatija, Orasac, Orebic, Porec, Pula, Rabac, Ravni, Rovinj, Stikovica Zaton, Trpanj, Trsteno and Zaton Mali. While the best beaches by region are said to be in Istria, Kvarner, North Dalmatia, Central Dalmatia and South Dalmatia and include the beaches of Valeta and Crinka, Borik, Brulo, Girandella, St. Andrea, Laterna, Jezevac, Koralj and Cava.

Croatia has two climates. The coast has a typically Mediterranean climate consisting of hot, dry, sunny weather during summer and relatively mild weather in winter, although this can be accompanied by rain. Average temperatures in the summer will be in the mid to high 20'sC, often rising well above 30C. During winter month the temperature rarely falls below 5C. The interior of Croatia has a continental climate which means that winters can be cold, with temperatures often falling below 0C often accompanies by snow during the winter. However, in the summer months, temperatures are often in the mid to high 30'sC. The best month to visit Croatia for hot weather is September, although the weather in May is said to be a much more comfortable experience.

General information

According to the Croatian Ministry of Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development, around 300,000 British nationals visit Croatia every year. The FCO advises that land mines are still a danger in some more isolated areas in the mountains and countryside and advise visitors to use the services of an experienced guide if they intend to hike away from roads and paved areas. These areas would include; Eastern Slavonia, Brodsko-Posavska County, Karlovac County, areas around Zadar County and the more remote areas of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. In addition, there have been reports of hikers getting lost in the mountains when they have gone out alone, without expert guides and left marked paths. Tick borne encephalitis is common to parts of Croatia, especially in the summer months.

Croatia has a low crime rate and violent crime is rare, however, pickpockets are known to operate in busy tourist areas. Carry your passport at all times, because it is the only officially recognised form of identification. Unless staying at a hotel or official tourist accommodation (hostels, campsites or registered private accommodation), foreign visitors are required to register with the local police or the local town tourist centre within 48 hours of arrival. When entering Croatia, visitors may be asked to produce evidence of the financial means necessary to cover subsistence during their stay. The daily subsistence rate is currently fixed at one hundred Euros per day. A credit or debit car is usually accepted as proof of funds.

Croatia has a reciprocal health agreement with the UK where British nationals will be given emergency treatment and any other follow-up treatment, but will be expected to pay 20% of the cost of the treatment. However, it should be noted that, the Croatian state requires every foreigner to have a valid health insurance or travel insurance that covers the costs that might occur during their stay in Croatia with regards to the repatriation costs due to health reasons, urgent medical assistance and/or urgent hospital treatment. The lowest insured sum must be equivalent to 30.000.

A UK driving licence is valid for up to six months from entry into Croatia. You do not need a Green Card to drive in Croatia (not necessary for a hire car). However, if you are driving to or through Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the 20km strip of coastline at Neum on the Dalmatian coastal highway, ensure that you have a Green Card that includes cover for Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is mandatory to carry a fluorescent vest in the car whilst driving in Croatia. The vest must be in the car and not in the boot. The vest must be worn whilst attending to a breakdown such as changing a tyre. All passengers must wear seat belts and special seats are required for infants. Children under the age of 12 may not sit in the front seat. Use of a mobile phone when driving is illegal.

Road conditions in and around Zagreb and the larger towns are considered to be of a good standard. However, caution should be exercised around other road users who may unexpectedly overtake repeatedly in slower traffic. Minor roads are usually unlit at night.



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