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Why Croatia



Meeting planners are always seeking something unique, creative and memorable from the destinations they choose for their events, while also considering amenities, infrastructure, security, safety, and flexibility. If your checklist contains these points - in addition to factors such as rich history, nice climate, numerous beaches, comprehensive conference and convention facilities, top five-star hotels, superb sporting facilities, excellent shopping, easy travel access - Croatia could be the unique destination you are searching for. Few places in the world offer such a variety of scenery and activities. It seems that the best of Central European charm and tradition together with the beauty of Mediterranean are captured here, yet to be discovered.

Geographical position
Croatia extends from the farthest eastern edges of the Alps in the northwest 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 part reaches the coast on the Adriatic Sea.

Climate
Northern Croatia has a Continental climate. The central part of the country is predominantly mountain or alpine and the coast is Mediterranean. The Croatian Adriatic has an average of 2,600 hours of sunshine per year and an average sea temperature of 25 to 27 C. It is indeed one of the sunniest and warmest coasts in Europe. The ideal summer wardrobe consists of light summer clothes and something warmer for the evenings. It rains more often in spring and autumn, and winters can be quite harsh in central and northern areas, with considerable amounts of snow.

Independence
Though the first independent Croatian kingdom was recognized in 925, the Republic of Croatia is a young democratic European state. The Croatian Parliament declared independence in 1991 (having previously broken off ali state and legal ties with the former Yugoslavia). On 15 January 1992. the member states of the European Union recognized Croatia as an independent state, and the country was admitted to the UN on 22 May 1992.

Capital
The capital of Croatia is Zagreb, a charming medieval city of exceptional beauty known for its spirit and architecture, with a population of approximately 1 million. Zagreb first appeared on Europe's maps in 1994. when it became the centre of its own bishop. Over the years, Zagreb has become the scientific, political and economic centre of Croatia.

Population (last census): 4.784.265

Official language and alphabet
The Croatian language and Latin alphabet.

Total state area: 89,810 km2 (55,6822 sq.mi)
Territory area (land): 56,610 km2 (35,336 sq.mi)
Coastline length: 5,835 km (3,617 mi)
Number of islands: 1,185 (66 inhabited)

Religion: The majority are Roman Catholics. There are some of the Orthodox, Muslim and other Christian denomination followers.

Politics:
The political system in Croatia is democratic with multiple political parties.
The Croatian Parliament is representative body of citizens and is vested with the legislative power in the Republic of Croatia. The Parliament, as the oldest state institution, has been advocating, guaranteeing and protecting Croatia's statehood and national interests throughout centuries. Since 1990 the Croatian Parliament has been a democratic i multiparty parliament.

Current President: Stipe Mesić
Current Prime Minister: Jadranka Kosor

Time zone:
GMT + one hour from Saturday before last Sunday in October to last Saturday in March, GMT + two hours from last Saturday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October.

Electricity: Standard current is 220 volt.
Water: Tap water is safe for drinking in all parts of Croatia.
Currency: Kuna (100 lipa)
Sales tax: The value added tax or PDV is 23 percent on all goods except hotel accommodation.