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About Croatia



Did you know that the names of 2 Croatian scientists -Ruđer Josip Bošković and Andrija Mohorovčić are on the map of the Moon?

You may find more interesting facts about our beautiful country below!


The local terrain is quite diverse, given the size of the country. The territory includes extensive plains in the continental region between the River Drava and River Sava (Slavonia), mountainous areas in the center (Lika and Gorski Kotar), and a long indented, sunny coastline with over a thousand islands in the west and south (Istria and Dalmatia).

In terms of natural water resources, Croatia is the third richest country in Europe, and boasts a particularly well-preserved ecological environment, with hundreds of endemic plant and animal species. Almost 10% of the country is protected within 11 nature parks, 8 national parks, and two strict nature reserves. The oldest national park was established in 1949 (Plitvice Lakes) and the most recent one in 1999 (Northern Velebit).

The country's natural resources include oil and gas, calcium, limited amounts of coal (found in north-western Croatia), bauxite (found in Dalmatia and Istria), asphalt, and salt.


Croatia has the sunniest coast on the Adriatic (one of the sunniest in the world), and has three climate zones:

  • the prevailing climate in the country’s interior is continental and moderately rainy;
  • on the highest peaks, a mountain climate with snowfalls throughout winter;
  • 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.


Source: Croatian Tourist Board



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