The Essen­tials

Timeless Travels Magazine - - CROATIA -

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

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