Croatia is located in southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea, between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia. Croatia is famous for its breath-taking coastline wich is 5,835 km (mainland 1,777 km, islands 4,058 km) long. The terrain of Republic of Croatia is geographically diverse; flat plains along Hungarian border, low mountains and highlands near Adriatic coastline and islands. Croatia holds very important strategic position in Europe and it controls most land routes from Western Europe to Aegean Sea and Turkish Straits.
Croatia has population of 4,494,749 (July 2006 estimate), out of wich Croats 89.6%, Serbs 4.5%, other 5.9% (including Bosniak, Hungarian, Slovene, Czech, and Roma). The most important religions in Croatia are Roman Catholic 87.8%, Orthodox 4.4%, other Christian 0.4%, Muslim 1.3%, other and unspecified 0.9%, none 5.2%. Population literacy is over 98%.
Before the dissolution of Yugoslavia, the Republic of Croatia, after Slovenia, was the most prosperous and industrialized area with a per capita output perhaps one-third above the Yugoslav average. The economy emerged from a mild recession in 2000 with tourism, banking, and public investments leading the way. Unemployment remains high, at about 18%, with structural factors slowing its decline. While macroeconomic stabilization has largely been achieved, structural reforms lag because of deep resistance on the part of the public and lack of strong support from politicians. Growth, while impressive at about 3% to 4% for the last several years, has been stimulated, in part, through high fiscal deficits and rapid credit growth.
Croatia is prosperous, developed european country, member of the European union since 2013 with very good infrastructure and high security standars. Crime ratio is very low.
Croatia is situated between central, southern, and eastern Europe. It has a rather peculiar shape that resembles a crescent or a horseshoe which helps account for its many neighbours: Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Italy across the Adriatic. Its mainland territory is split in two non-contiguous parts by the short coastline of Bosnia and Herzegovina around Neum.
Its terrain is diverse, containing:
plains, lakes and rolling hills in the continental north and northeast (Central Croatia and Slavonia, part of the Pannonian plain);
densely wooded mountains in Lika and Gorski Kotar, part of the Dinaric Alps;
rocky coastlines on the Adriatic Sea (Istria, Northern Seacoast and Dalmatia).
The country is famous for its many beautiful national parks.
Croatia has a mixture of climates. In the north and east it is continental, Mediterranean along the coast and a semi-highland and highland climate in the south-central region.
Map of Croatia
National Autoclub of Republic of Croatia
24 hour technical assistance, provision of information regarding travel on Croatia's roads and traffic conditions
Dial 987 for road assistance
Info centar: +385 (01) 4640 800
To enter Croatia, a driver's licence, an automobile registration card and vehicle insurance documents (including Green Card) are required.
50 km/h - within built-up areas
90 km/h - outside built-up areas
110 km/h - on major motor routes
130 km/h - on motorways
80 km/h - for motor vehicles with a caravan trailer
80 km/h - for buses and buses with a light trailer
Driving with headlights is obligatory during both day and night.
Mobile phones: Use of mobile phones while driving is not permitted
Maximum permitted amount of alcohol in blood: 0.0 per mill!
Use of seat belts is obligatory.
Open from 7 a.m. until 7 or 8 p.m. every day; in the summer season, until 10 p.m.
On-duty petrol stations in the larger cities and on main international routes are open 24 hours a day. All petrol stations sell Eurosuper 95, Super 95, Super 98, Super plus 98, Normal and Euro Diesel fuel. Taxi service
In all cities and tourist places.