Facts about Croatia

croatiaAbout Croatia – Located in the heart of Europe on the beautiful Adriatic coast bordering Italy, Slovenia and Hungary. Croatia is a country of more than 1,185 islands, islets and reefs, most uninhabited and preserved, perfect for eco-tourism. In 1999, Croatia won three international awards for the cleanest waters in the Mediterranean. Major cruise lines include Croatia in their itineraries. Some of the best-known resort towns along the Dalmatian coast are Dubrovnik, Split, Porec and Trogir, all of them listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List… read more

Croatia Tourist Offices – click for Info and listing.

Weather in Croatia – info page about current weather conditions.

Geographical position: Croatia extends from the foothills of the Julian Alps in the north-west and the Pannonian Plain in the east, over the Dinara mountain range in its central region, to the Adriatic coast in the south. Area of Croatia is 56,542 km2, with an additional 31,067 km2 of territorial waters.

Adriatic Sea – Croatian Adriatic – The Adriatic Sea is situated largely between the eastern coast of Italy and Croatia. Read about Croatian Coast

Population in Croatia is 4.5 million

The capital of Croatia is Zagreb (780 thousand inhabitants) – the administrative, cultural, academic and communication centre of the country).

Croatian coast has a length of 5,835 km – including 4,058 km of island, islet and reef coastline. There are 1,185 islands in Croatia. The largest islands are Krk and Cres. There are 67 inhabited islands.

The climate in Croatia: Northern Croatia has a continental climate; Central Croatia has a semi-highland and highland climate, while the Croatian coast has a Mediterranean climate. Winter temperatures range from -1 to 30°C in the continental region, -5 to 0°C in the mountain region and 5 to 10°C in the coastal region. Summer temperatures range from 22 to 26°C in the continental region, 15 to 20°C in the mountain region and 26 to 30°C in the coastal region.

The population of Croatia – The majority of the population are Croats. National minorities include Serbs, Moslems, Slovenes, Italians, Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, and others.

The official language in Croatia is Croatian language and Latin alphabet.

Religions in Croatia – The majority of the population are Roman Catholics, and in addition, there are a number of those of Orthodox faith, as well as Muslims, and Christians of other denominations.

Currency in Croatia is Kuna (1 Kuna = 100 Lipa). There are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Lipa coins, 1, 2, 5 and 25 Kuna coins and 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 Kuna banknotes – click for more info and some images

Exchange Rates: foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, post offices and at most tourist agencies, hotels and camping grounds. Banking hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, banks are open until 1 p.m. In the larger cities, some banks are also open on Sundays.

Electricity in Croatia: Voltage of city power grid – 220V, frequency 50HZ

Water: Tap water is drinkable throughout Croatia.

The telephone code for Croatia is +385.

Time zone: GMT plus one hour in winter and GMT plus two in summer.

Travel documentation: Passport or some other internationally recognized identification document. Tourists may remain in Croatia for up to three months.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.mfa.hr/MVP.asp?pcpid=1612

Customs regulations of the Republic of Croatia are in line with the standards of European Union countries. Foreign currency is freely brought in and taken out of the country (up to a value of 3.000 euros); up to a value of 15.000 kn for domestic currency. More expensive professional and technical equipment should be registered at the border. Dogs and cats, accompanied by their owner, need to have an International certificate from a registered veterinarian stating that at least 15 days and not more than six months have passed since their vaccination against rabies. Tax refund for goods purchased in Croatia over 500 kuna in value with a validated “Tax check” at departure from the country. Information: Republic of Croatia Customs Administration (tel 01 6102 333);

Web page for Croatia Custom office : www.carina.hr

Medical service:

There are hospitals and clinics in all larger cities and first aid clinics and pharmacies in all places. Foreign tourists do not pay for medical services if the Health Care Convention was signed between Croatia and the country they come from. Expenses of health services provided to persons coming from the countries with which the Health Care Convention was not signed are charged directly to users according to the price list. For patients whose lives are in danger, there is emergency transport by air(helicopter) or sea (speedboat).

There is a network of veterinary clinics and centre in Croatia. Information: www.veterinarstvo.hr

Working hours:

Shops and department stores are open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.,
and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., or to 3 p.m. A smaller
number of stores close between noon and 4 p.m. Many stores are
also open on Sundays, especially in the summer, and a smaller
number in the larger cities are open 24 hours a day. Public
services and companies usually work from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
from Monday to Friday.

Croatian National Holidays :

Most of the businesses as well as shops and offices are closed in Croatia on the following Croatian National Holidays:

1 January : New Year’s Day

6 January: Epiphany

Easter Monday : March or April – check current calendar

1 May: International Labour Day

10 June: Corpus Christi

22 June: Day of Antifascist Resistance

25 June : Croatian Statehood Day

5 August: Croatian Victory Day

15 August : Assumption

8 October : Croatian Independence Day

1 November : All Saints’ Day

25 & 26 December : Christmas

Post and Telecommunications:

Post Offices are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays
until 1 p.m. There are Post Offices in the larger cities which
are open until 10 p.m. in the summer. Postage stamps are sold
in Post Offices and at newsstands.

Public telephones can be used only with phone cards, which can
be purchased in Post Offices and at newsstands, in hotels and
tourist complexes.

Fire prevention:

Ensure that you have done everything to prevent a fire!

Do not throw lit or flammable objects into the environment!

If you see a fire, please inform others in your proximity; report
it immediately on the telephone number – 93; try to extinguish
the fire till the fire-fighters arrive and in such a manner
so as not to endanger yourself or others!

Take notice of signs forbidding the lighting of fires!

Take care that your parked vehicle does not obstruct accesses
to the fire or roads!

Important telephone numbers:

International dialing prefix for Croatia: 385

Ambulance 94

Fire-service 93

Police 92

Assistance on the roads 987; 987@hak.hr

(If you are calling from outside of Croatia or using a mobile
phone dial +3851 987)

General information 981

Information about local and district telephone numbers 988

Information about International telephone numbers 902

Weather forecast and road conditions 060 520 520

Croatia’s auto club (HAK) 01 4640 800; www.hak.hr

Radio news in foreign languages during the
tourist season:

On Program 2 of Croatian radio, along with the regular news
in Croatian, the Croatian Auto Club (HAK) will give traffic
reports in English, German and Italian along with nautical news
a number of times throughout the day.

Other than on Program 2 of Croatian radio, alternating news
and traffic reports will be emitted every full hour from the
following studios: Program 3 of Bavarian radio, Program 3 of
Austrian radio, RAI Uno, British Virgin radio and Chezch radio.
Throughout the day nautical news will be emitted in English
and Croatian