Looking to boost your worldly knowledge? Take a look at these 25 facts about Croatia!
- Croatia is a small, beautiful country in southeastern Europe.
- It is bordered by Hungary to the north, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia to the east, Montenegro to the south and Slovenia to the west. It also has a coastline along the Adriatic Sea to the south.
- Croatia also includes more than 1200 islands and islets off the coast of the mainland.
- If it’s sun, sea and sand you’re looking for, head for the beautiful shores of Croatia! You’ll need the coordinates 45.8000° N, 16.0000° E to ensure you don’t get lost!
- The terrain here is diverse, with flat plains in the north and low mountains and highlands to the south.
- The total land area of Croatia is 21,831 square miles (56,542 square kilometres)…
- …that’s more than twice the size of Wales.
- Croatia’s population was 4,464,844 in 2015…
- …that’s only 1.5 times the population of Wales!
- Residents here are known as Croatians or
- The capital is Zagreb; it covers an area of 247 square miles (641 square kilometres) and had a population of 687,000 in 2015.
- Croatians enjoy a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters.
- In fact, Croatians enjoy almost as many hours of sunshine per year as Sydney, Australia!
- Croatia is said to be home to the smallest town in the world; with a population of just 17, the tiny and ancient town of Hum was first mentioned in documents in 1102AD!
- Zlatni Rat beach on the island of Brac is famous for its changing shape and colour, which is dependent on the wind – amazing!
- More than 10% of the land in Croatia is made up of nature parks and reserves!
- Vinkovci in eastern Croatia is one of the oldest towns in Europe, having been continuously inhabited for more than 8,000 years!
- The official language of Croatia is Croatian.
- Ensure you change your GBP into Croatian Kuna if you plan on purchasing some paški sir (cheese) or salata od hobotnice (octopus salad)!
- Croatians live for an average of 77 years.
- It is thought that the necktie is a Croatian invention, with the Croatian military first wearing knotted neckties in the 1600’s!
- Croatia grows corn, wheat, sunflower seed and sugar beet; they also rear livestock.
- Its industry consists of chemicals and plastics, fabricated metal, electronics and machine tools.
- The main exports consist of textiles, transport equipment, foodstuffs, chemicals and fuels.
- Do you know someone lucky enough to live in Croatia? You can make cheap calls to Croatia with Cherry Call – don’t forget, you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 00385.
To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Croatia, head over to the Croatia Week website.