Croatia is a country in Southern Europe. It shares land borders with Slovenia and Hungary to the north, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the east, and Montenegro to the south. The Adriatic Sea lies to the west, separating the country from Italy.

Country Profile

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Zagreb is Croatia’s capital and largest city. However, the cities of Dubrovnik and Split are arguably more well-known internationally. Some of the country’s most iconic landmarks include Diocletian’s Palace in Split and Dubrovnik’s Old Town with its ancient walls. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

In addition to its culture and history, Croatia is famed for its natural landscape. It has an extensive coastline — off which there are more than a thousand islands — towering mountains, including Dinara, the country’s highest peak, deep caves, and flat plains near the Hungarian border. The country is also famous for its Plitvice Lakes, a system of 16 colorful lakes connected by waterfalls. Europe’s second-longest river, the Danube, flows through Croatia, from Serbia in the east to Hungary in the north.

Croatia’s coastal areas enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild winters. In the country’s mountainous regions, summers are mild, and winters are cold and snowy.

Croatia is a republic and a parliamentary democracy. It has a President, the head of the state, and a Prime Minister, the head of the government.

Croatia: Stats and Facts

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