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Croatia

Background

Croatia

The lands that today comprise Croatia were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the close of World War I. In 1918, the Croats, Serbs, and Slovenes formed a kingdom known after 1929 as Yugoslavia. Following World War II, Yugoslavia became a federal independent Communist state under the strong hand of Marshal TITO. Although Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, it took four years of sporadic, but often bitter, fighting before occupying Serb armies were mostly cleared from Croatian lands. Under UN supervision, the last Serb-held enclave in eastern Slavonia was returned to Croatia in 1998. In April 2009, Croatia joined NATO; it is a candidate for eventual EU accession.

About

Croatia (Croatian: Hrvatska) is a country in the Balkans on the east side of the Adriatic Sea, to the east of Italy. It is bordered by Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the north, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the southeast, Serbia in the east, and Montenegro to the south.

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Featured hotels in

Croatia

CroatiaThe Pucic Palace 

Od Puca 1
Dubrovnik 20000
Croatia

Price (US$): $201 - $562 / night

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Location. Located in central Dubrovnik, The Pucic Palace is near the beach and steps from Gundulic Square, Church of St. Blaise, and Rector's Palace. Nearby points of interest also include Orlando's Column and Sponza Palace. Hotel Features. The Pucic Palace features a coffee shop/café and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Wedding services,… more »

CroatiaMeliá Coral 

Katoro bb
Umag 52470
Croatia

Price (US$): $193 - $276 / night

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Location. Meliá Coral is located on the beach in Umag, close to Savudrian Lighthouse. Other points of interest are Portoroz Beach and Piran Harbour. Hotel Features. Meliá Coral features a coffee shop/café, a beach bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness facility. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services.… more »

CroatiaHotel Esplanade Zagreb 

Mihanoviceva 1
Zagreb 41000
Croatia

Price (US$): $170 - $2872 / night

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Location. Hotel Esplanade Zagreb is located in Zagreb, close to Tomislav Square, Ethnographic Museum, and Archaeological Museum. Nearby points of interest also include Croatian National Theatre and Mimara Museum. Hotel Features. Hotel Esplanade Zagreb's restaurant serves breakfast and lunch. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. This 5 star property has a business center and… more »

CroatiaHotel Ariston 

Kardinala Stepinca 31 b
Dubrovnik 20000
Croatia

Price (US$): $85 - $159 / night

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Location. Hotel Ariston is located on the beach in Dubrovnik's Babin Kuk neighborhood, close to Copacabana Beach, Onofrio's Fountain, and Franciscan Monastery. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Orlando's Column and Church of St. Blaise. Hotel Features. Hotel Ariston features a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a children's pool,… more »

CroatiaRadisson BLU Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens 

Na Moru 1
Orasac 20234
Croatia

Price (US$): $134 - $673 / night

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Location. Radisson BLU Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens is a business friendly Orasac hotel by the sea and close to Donje Celo Beach, Gornje Celo Beach, and Trsteno Beach. Other area points of interest include Onofrio's Fountain and Franciscan Monastery. Hotel Features. Radisson BLU Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens features 3 poolside bars, a beach bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a children's pool,… more »

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Croatia

Full name
Republic of Croatia
Capital
Zagreb
Location

Southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea, between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia

Geographic coordinates

45 10 N, 15 30 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than West Virginia

Border countries

Bosnia and Herzegovina 932 km, Hungary 329 km, Serbia 241 km, Montenegro 25 km, Slovenia 455 km

Coastline

5,835 km (mainland 1,777 km, islands 4,058 km)

Climate

Mediterranean and continental; continental climate predominant with hot summers and cold winters; mild winters, dry summers along coast

Terrain

geographically diverse; flat plains along Hungarian border, low mountains and highlands near Adriatic coastline and islands

Lowest point

Adriatic Sea 0 m

Highest point

Dinara 1,831 m

Natural resources

oil, some coal, bauxite, low-grade iron ore, calcium, gypsum, natural asphalt, silica, mica, clays, salt, hydropower

Population

4,486,881 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Croat 89.6%, Serb 4.5%, other 5.9% (including Bosniak, Hungarian, Slovene, Czech, and Roma) (2001 census)

Religions

Roman Catholic 87.8%, Orthodox 4.4%, other Christian 0.4%, Muslim 1.3%, other and unspecified 0.9%, none 5.2% (2001 census)

Languages

Croatian (official) 96.1%, Serbian 1%, other and undesignated 2.9% (including Italian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, and German) (2001 census)

Government type

presidential/parliamentary democracy

Independence

25 June 1991 (from Yugoslavia)

National holiday

Independence Day, 8 October (1991); note - 25 June 1991 was the day the Croatian parliament voted for independence; following a three-month moratorium to allow the European Community to solve the Yugoslav crisis peacefully, Parliament adopted a decision on 8 October 1991 to sever constitutional relations with Yugoslavia

Chief of state

President Ivo JOSIPOVIC (since 18 February 2010)

Head of government

Prime Minister Jadranka KOSOR (since 6 July 2009); Deputy Prime Ministers Bozidar PANKRETIC (since 6 July 2009), Darko MILINOVIC (since 13 November 2009), Ivan SUKER (since 13 November 2009), Djurdja ADLESIC (since 12 January 2008), Slobodan UZELAC (since 12 January 2008)

Internet country code

.hr

Internet users

2.234 million (2009)

Airports

69 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Omisalj, Ploce, Rijeka, Sibernik, Split, Vukovar (on Danube River)

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