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Full country name: Republic of Croatia
Area: 56,594 sq km
Population: 4,489,409
Capital City: Zagreb
Language: Croatian
Religion: 90% Roman Catholic, 4% Christian, 0.5% Christian Other, 1.5% Muslim and 4% other (including no religion).
Government: Parliamentary Republic
Time Zone: CET (UTC+1); Summer - (DST) (UTC+2)
Dialing Code: 385
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Currency: Kuna (HRK)

Money & Costs:
Average yearly salary: USD 17,500

Meals:
Budget: 35-40HRK
Mid-range: 40-50HRK
High: 60-80+HRK
Accommodation:
Budget: 40-55 EUR
Mid-range: 55-300 EUR
High: 300-400 EUR

Geography: Croatia is a country located in Southeastern Europe by the Adriatic Sea, bordering Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia. Croatia has a diverse terrain with a lot of lakes and rolling hills. There are plenty mountains in the Dinaric Alps, and rocky coastlines on the Adriatic Sea. The country is also famous for its beautiful national parks, which are very popular with the tourists. Insular Croatia consists of over one thousand different sizes islands. The largest islands are Cres and Krk, which are located in the Adriatic Sea. The Danube, Europe's second longest river, runs through the city of Vukovar.

Climate: The coast of Croatia has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with hot, sunny and dry summers. The average temperature in summer is about 26 C (79 F), while the average temperature in winter is only about 4 C (39 F). Winters in Croatia are cool, though still mild. The inland Croatia experiences a more severe continental climate, with greater differences between the hot summer and the cold winter seasons.

Opening Times:
Post
Mostly open on weekdays from 07:00 to 19:00, in smaller towns from 07:00 to 14:00. Some post offices in larger towns and tourist resorts are open on Saturday and Sunday until 21:00.

Shops
Most shops are open continuously on weekdays from 08:00 to 20:00 and on Saturdays and Sundays till 14:00.

Chemists
You will find a lot of chemists in all parts of the country. In general they are open from 08:00 to 19:00 and till 14:00 on Saturdays. In some larger cities there are duty chemists, which are open 24 hours.

Food: Croatian cuisine is one of the high points of visiting the country. Croatians attach great importance to fresh and correctly prepared food. Although the food quality and taste are exceptionally good, dining in Croatia is rather cheap. Budget travelers will enjoy eating tasty local specialties for a fraction of what they'd pay for the same at home. The Croatian cuisine, as well as the culture, differs in the coastal part of the country (Dalmatian and Istrian) and in the interior part of the country (Zagreb and all of the northwestern Croatia).

Drink: The Croatian tap water is of a good quality. A typical Croatian will mix his wine with soft drinks, such as mineral water or even coke, so don't be surprised. Bevanda, for example, is a red or white wine mixed with ordinary water. Bambus, another mix of wine and soft drink, is one of the most popular summer drinks in Croatia.

Health: Vaccinations against hepatitis B and tuberculosis are sometimes recommended. Precautions or even immunization against tick-borne encephalitis is advised, especially for those planning to spend time in forested areas. Note, that rabies is present and if you are bitten, immediately seek for medical advice.

Useful translations of traffic signs:
Desno: right
Lijevo: left
Maksimalna brzina: maximum speed
Opasna okuka/zavoj: dangerous bend
Paznja: warning
Polagano/vozi lagano: drive slowly
Pjesaci: pedestrians
Stajaliste: stop
Zabranjeno parkiranje: no parking
Zabranjeno za sva vozila: all vehicles prohibited

Public Holidays:
1 Jan New Year's Day
6 Jan Epiphany
2 Apr - 5 Apr Easter
1 May Labour Day
3 Jun Corpus Christi
22 Jun Anti-Fascist Resistance Day
25 Jun Croatian National Day
5 Aug Victory Day and National Thanksgiving Day
8 Oct Independence Day
1 Nov All Saint's Day
25 Dec - 26 Dec Christmas

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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