Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
— Helen Keller, 1880 - 1968




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.


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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CroatiaSheraton Zagreb Hotel 

Kneza Borne 2
Zagreb 10000

Price (US$): $138 - $301 / night

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Location. Located in central Zagreb, Sheraton Zagreb Hotel is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Trg Zrtava Fasizma, Tomislav Square, and Strossmayerov Square. Additional points of interest include Ban Jelacic Square and Archaeological Museum. Hotel Features. Dining options at Sheraton Zagreb Hotel include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an… more »

CroatiaVilla Orsula 

Frana Supila 14
Dubrovnik 20000

Price (US$): $764 - $1575 / night

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Location. Villa Orsula is located near the beach in central Dubrovnik and close to Fort of St. John, Sponza Palace, and Rector's Palace. Nearby points of interest also include Church of St. Blaise and Orlando's Column. Hotel Features. Villa Orsula features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available. Complimentary wireless and wired high speed Internet access is available in public areas. The property offers a ferry terminal shuttle (surcharge). Wedding services, limo/town car… more »

CroatiaHilton Imperial Dubrovnik 

Marijana Blazica 2
Dubrovnik 20000

Price (US$): $380 - $693 / night

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Location. Located in central Dubrovnik, Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik is near the beach and within walking distance of Lovrijenac Fortress, Onofrio's Fountain, and Franciscan Monastery. Additional points of interest include Stradun and Luza Square. Hotel Features. Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, a sauna, and a steam… more »

CroatiaHotel Lone 

Luje Adamovica 31
Rovinj 52210

Price (US$): $124 - $125 / night

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Location. Hotel Lone is located near the beach in Rovinj and close to Rovinj Harbour, Sveta Katarina, and Trg Marsala Tita. Additional points of interest include Trg Valdibora and St. Euphemia's Church. Hotel Features. In addition to 3 restaurants, Hotel Lone offers 4 coffee shops/cafés. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. A complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast is served each morning. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an indoor… more »

CroatiaHotel Ariston 

Kardinala Stepinca 31 b
Dubrovnik 20000

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 »

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Full name
Republic of Croatia

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


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


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


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


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)


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


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


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


Internet users

2.234 million (2009)


69 (2010)

Ports and terminals

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

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