Interesting Facts about Croatia

Population: 4,219,262

Area: 21,851 square miles (56,594 square kilometers), slightly smaller than West Virginia.

Capital City: Zagreb

Time Zone: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington DC during Standard Time).

Location: Croatia lies in southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea, and between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia.

Climate: Croatia’s coastal areas enjoy a Mediterranean type climate, with hot and dry summers and mild winters. The interior has a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters.

Currency: Croatia’s legal tender is the Kuna. US$1 = 7.11 Kuna (HRK)

Language: Croatian is the official language, with 95.6% of the population speaking it. A small portion of the population speak Serbian (1.2%), while another 3% speak a mix of other languages, including Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, and Albanian.

System of Government: Croatia has a presidential/parliamentary democracy. Croatia’s legislative parliament is known as the Sabor. It has a minimum of 100, and a maximum of 180, members, all of which are elected through public vote. Croatia is divided into 10 constituencies, each electing 14 representatives. Croatia’s diaspora also elects 14 representatives, and national minorities elect eight.

Head of State: President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (since 19 February 2015). The president is elected by popular vote. Presidential terms last five years and each president is limited to two terms.

Head of Government: Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (since 19 October 2016). The prime minister is nominated by the president, and is appointed by the Sabor. The prime minister is typically the head of the leading party of the Sabor.

Telephone Country Code: 385

Internet Country Code: .hr

Religion: Croatia is predominantly Christian, with 87.8% identifying as Roman Catholic and 0.4% identifying as another form of Christian. Small percentages of the population also identify as Orthodox (4.4%) and Muslim (1.3%), while 0.9% of people are unspecified. The remaining 5.2% don’t identify with any religion.

Life Expectancy at Birth: 78 years (Male = 74.7, Female = 81.2)

Exports: $12.23 billion

Imports: $19.28 billion

Gross Domestic Product (Purchasing Power Parity): $91.1 billion

GDP per Capita: $21,169

Inflation Rate: -1.8%

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