Croatia - general information

Geographical position Surface
Population System of government
Capital Coastline
Number of islands, solitary rocks and reefs Highest peak
Climate Currency
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Geographical position

Croatia extends from the furthest eastern edges of the Alps in the north-west to the Pannonian lowlands and the banks of the Danube in the east; its central region is covered by the Dinara mountain range, and its southern parts extend to the coast of the Adriatic Sea.


The mainland covers 56,542 km2, and the surface of the territorial sea is 31,067 km2.


4.437.460 inhabitants; composition of population: the majority of the populations are Croats; national minorities are Serbs, Slovenes, Hungarians, Bosnians, Italians, Czechs and others.

System of government

Multi-party parliamentary republic.


Zagreb (779,145 inhabitants), the economic, traffic, cultural and academic centre of the country.


5,835 km of which 4,058 km comprise a coastline of islands, solitary rocks and reefs.

Number of islands, solitary rocks and reefs

1,185; the largest islands are Cres and Krk; there are 50 inhabited islands.

Highest peak

Dinara: 1,831 m above sea level.


There are two climate zones; a temperate continental climate, locally also a mountainous climate, prevails in the interior, whereas a pleasant Mediterranean climate prevails along the Adriatic coast, with an overwhelming number of sunny days, dry and hot summers, mild and humid winters; average temperature in the hinterland: January 0 to 2°C, August 19 to 23°C; average temperature at the seaside: January 6 to 11°C, August 21 to 27 °C; the temperature is about 12°C in winter, and 25°C in summer. Currency kuna (1 kuna = 100 lipa). Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices, travel agencies, hotels, camps, marinas; cheques can be cashed in banks.

Credit cards

Shops accept all major credit cards (Eurocard/Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Visa). Most restaurants, shops and marinas accept Eurocard/Mastercard, American Express, Diners, and Visa. Accessing cash from ATMs is possible in almost all towns, cities and tourist centers; almost all ATMs accept Eurocard/Mastercard, Diners, American Express, and Visa.