MICE CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE

CROATIA

CROATIA

AREA AND LOCATION

Croatia extends over an area of 56 540 square km and is located between South-Central Europe and Middle Europe next to the northeast Adriatic coast. The subdivisions of Croatia on the first level are the 20 counties and one city-county. On the second level these are municipalities and towns. Offshore Croatia consists of over one thousand islands varying in size. The largest islands in Croatia are Cres and Krk which are located in the Adriatic Sea. The Danube, Europe’s second longest river, runs through the city of Vukovar.

 

AREA CODE

+385

 

BORDERING COUNTRIES

Croatia borders Slovenia and Hungary to the north, Serbia to the northeast, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the east, Montenegro to the southeast. Its southern and western flanks border the Adriatic.

 

CITIES

Zagreb is the capital city, with a population of 786,200 inhabitants. The other big cities are Split (188,694 inhabitants), Rijeka (143,800 inhabitants), Osijek (114,616 inhabitants), Zadar (72,718 inhabitants), Slavonski Brod (63,268 inhabitants), Pula (58,594 inhabitants).

 

CLIMATE

Croatia has mixture of climates. In the north and east the climate is continental, predominant with hot summers and cold winters. Along the Adriatic coast, it is Mediterranean, meaning warm dry summers and mild winters, with 2,600 hours of sunlight on average yearly – it is one of the sunniest coastlines in Europe! A semi-highland and highland climate is in the south-central region. The coldest month of the year is January (5° C average), while the warmest month is July (26° C average).

 

CURRENCY

“Kuna” (HRK; symbol Kn). To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller’s cheques in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted.

 

DISTANCES

Zagreb is situated 268 km from Vienna, 771 km from Berlin, 490 km from Prague, 274 km from Bratislava.

 

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS

General Emergency Number 112

Police 92

Fire Service 93

Ambulance 94

Road Assistance 987

Information Service (phone directory) 988

 

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

Zagreb Airport: www.zagreb-airport.hr

Split Airport: www.split-airport.hr

Rijeka Airport: www.rijeka-airport.hr

Osijek Airport: www.osijek-airport.hr

Zadar Airport: www.zadar-airport.hr

Dubrovnik Airport: www.airport-dubrovnik.hr

Lošinj Airport: www.airportmalilosinj.hr

Pula Airport: www.airport-pula.hr

Bol Airport: www.airport-brac.hr

 

LANGUAGE

The official language is Croatian (Western South Slavic).

 

MOBILE OPERATORS

T-Mobile Croatia, VIPnet, Tele2

 

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

1st January: New Year’s Day, 6th January: Epiphany, 1st May: Labor Day, 22nd June: Anti-fascist Struggle Day, 25th June: Statehood Day, 5th August: Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day, 15th August: Assumption of Mary, 8th October: Independence Day, 1st November: All Saints Day, 25th December: Christmas, 26th December: Saint Stephen.

 

POLITICAL SYSTEM

Parliamentary democracy.

 

POPULATION

4,337,460 inhabitants (2001 census). About 90% of the population is Croat (the majority of whom are Roman Catholics), but there are also Serbian (4,5%), Bosnian (0,47%), Hungarian and Italian minorities.

 

POWER NETWORK

Electricity is 220V/50Hz, the standard European two point plugs.

 

PRESIDENT

Kolinda Grabarová Kitarovicová since 2015.

 

RAIL TRANSPORT

The Croatian railway connects all major Croatian cities, except Dubrovnik.

 

ROAD TRANSPORT

Bus: www.brioni.hr, www.autotrans.hr, www.ak-split.hr, www.akz.hr, www.libertasdubrovnik.com

Rent a car: www.autoeurope.com, www.avis.com.hr, www.bestbuyrent.hr, www.budget.hr, www.dollar.com.hr, www.hertz.hr, www.kompasrent.hr, www.sixt.hr, www.thrifty.com.hr, www.uni-rent.net

TAXI service: in all cities and tourist places. Tel. 970. Taxi in Dubrovnik: tel. 020/435715.

 

WATER TRANSPORT

Domestic shipping lines: www.jadrolinija.hr, www.rapska-plovidba.hr, www.gv-line.hr, www.splittours.hr

International and special lines: www.jadrolinija.hr, www.snav.com, www.venezialines.com, www.splittours.hr

 

SMOKING

The law bans smoking in all public areas, as well as the selling of tobacco products to persons under the age of 18 and the direct and indirect promotion of tobacco products.

TIME

Central European Time – CET: GMT + 1 hour. Summer Time applies from March to November: GMT + 2 hours.

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