Time Difference: GMT + 2
Language: Croatian is the official language of the country, with Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Ruthenian, Serbian and Slovakian also being used in areas where there is more than 30% of that population in an area. English is widely spoken as a second language.
Geographic position: Croatia lies at the crossroads to central Europe, south east Europe and the Mediterranean. It occupies the majority of the Adriatic coastline and contains more than a thousand islands. The narrow Dinara Mountain Range separates the country’s Mediterranean region from its central European continental part, which spans from the easterly edges of the Alps in the North-West to the shores of the Danube in the East, encompassing the southern part of the fertile Pannonian lowlands.
Electrical Current/ Plugs: Power supply: 220 V, frequency: 50 Hz
Culture: The majority of the population are Croats, with the largest minorities being Serbs, Bosnians, Slovenes, Hungarians, Czechs, Italians and Albanians. Religion: Croatia is predominantly a Christian country (c.91%) with most of the population belonging to the Catholic church.
Weather: There are three climate zones in Croatia: the areas along the Adriatic coast have a pleasantly mild Mediterranean climate, with hot and dry summers and mild and wet winters. The interiors see a moderate continental climate while the mountains are cooler in summer and see snow in winter.
Water: Tap water is safe to drink in all of Croatia.
Politics: Croatia is a multi-party parliamentary republic.
Holidays: 1 January - New Year’s Day 6 January - Epiphany Easter Sunday & Easter Monday 1 May - Labour Day Corpus Christi 22 June - Anti-Fascist Resistance Day 25 June - Statehood Day 5 August - Victory Day and National Thanksgiving Day 15 August - Assumption Day 8 October - Independence Day 1 November - All Saints’ Day 25-26 December - Christmas Holidays