is a Central
European country located on the Mediterranean
or to be precise Adriatic Sea. (map)
The whole country streches in the form of an arc from the Danube
in the northeast to Istria in the west and Dubrovnik Region in the
southeast. The capital of Croatia is Zagreb.
The Croatia is known as the land of the thousand
of its Adriatic coast which is among the most indented in the world:
1185 islands and islets form a coastline of 4,058 km, the
total length of the mainland coast being 1777 km.
If we would to divide Croatia geographically we could do it
into three major natural and geographic parts:
The Pannonian and Peri-Pannonian area comprises
of lowlands and hilly parts located in the eastern and northwestern
Croatia; mountains higher than 500 m are rare and of an insular character.
This is mostly farm area
especially Slavonija and Baranja in the east. Humid valleys and
the hills are richly afforested while the northwestern part, which
gravitates to Zagreb, is industrially developed.
The hilly and mountainous area, separates Pannonian Croatia
from its coastal part. This region is charecterized by a intense
growth of the already existing wood and timber industry, and the
still underexploited potential for the production of healthy food,
and winter and rural tourism.
The Adriatic Area includes
the narrow coastal belt separated from the hinterland by high mountains.
This area is the Croatia's touristic heaven as thousands and thousands
of tourists swarm to Croatia to bathe in its warm and crystal clear
Adriatic Sea thus the tourist slogan "The
Mediterranean as it once was"
Climate of the coastal part is typically Mediterranean, which means,
mild winters with dry hot summers, winter temperatures range from
5 to 10°C and summer temperatures from 26 to 30°C.
is a bit on a colder side, a typical european continental climate,
from -1 to 3°C and summer temperatures from 22 to 26°C except in the
mountainous regions where temperatures range from -5 to 0°C in winter
time and 15 to 20°C in summer time.
Being a country of many natural beauties Croatia has done a lot
in order to preserve its beauty and share it with the world so we
have many national parks and parks
Croatia is a parlamentary multyparty democracy with
a population of 4.437.460. The largest city is Zagreb with around
750 000 inhabitants.
teritorial administrative structure there are
20 counties and the Town of Zagreb a standalone administrative unit. In the
whole country there are alltogether 121 towns and 416 communities.
Larger cities are:
Dubrovnik, Gospic, Karlovac, Osijek, Pula, Rijeka, Slavonski Brod, Sisak, Split,
Sibenik, Varazdin, Vukovar, Zadar
The flag of the Republic of Croatia consists of three bands of
color red, white and blue with the Croatian coat-of-arms in the center.
Republic of Croatia's national anthem is "Lijepa
nasa domovino" ("Our
Beautiful Homeland") written by Antun Mihanovic.
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