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CROATIA

Geographical position: Croatia extends from the furthest eastern edges of the Alps in the north-west to the Pannonian lowlands and the banks of the Danube in the east; its central region is covered by the Dinara mountain range, and its southern parts extend to the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Surface: the mainland covers 56,594 km2; surface area of territorial waters totals 31,067 km2. Population: Croatia has 4,437,460 inhabitants. Composition of population: the majority of the population are Croats; national minorities are Serbs, Slovenes, Hungarians, Bosnians, Italians, Czechs and others. System of government: Multi-party parliamentary republic. Capital: With 779,145 inhabitants, Zagreb is the economic, transport, cultural and academic centre of the country. Coastline: 6,278 km, of which 4,398 km is made up of island coastlines, solitary rocks and reefs. Number of islands, solitary rocks and reefs: 1,244. The largest islands are Krk and Cres. There are 50 inhabited islands. Highest peak: Dinara: 1,831 m above sea level. Climate: Croatia has three climate zones; the prevailing climate in the country’s interior is moderately rainy; on the highest peaks, a forest climate with snow falls, while the areas along the Adriatic coast have a pleasantly mild Mediterranean climate with a large number of sunny days; summers are dry and hot, winters mild and wet with significant precipitations. Average temperatures in the interior: January -2 to 0 oC, somewhat lower at the highest altitudes; August – about 20 oC and about 12 oC on the highest peaks. Average temperature in the littoral: January – 5 to 9 oC, August – 22 to 25 oC; sea temperature in winter: 2 oC; in summer, about 25 oC Currency: kuna (1 kuna = 100 lipa), 1 EUR is between 7,20-7,35 kuna. Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices, travel agencies, hotels, camps, marinas; cheques can be cashed in banks. Power supply: 220 V, 50 Hz Our UK guests should note that power outlets in Croatia are the Continental two-pin type and that a socket adapter is therefore required. Tap water is potable in all parts of Croatia.