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General information about Croatia

Population
4,494,749

Alphabet
Latin

Official language
Croatian; foreign languages are widely spoken, especially English.

Religion
Catholic (76.4%), Orthodox, Islam and others.

Climate
Croatia's interior has a moderate continental climate.
The mountainous parts have sub-mountain and mountain climates, the coastal areas have a Mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters, and the coastal hinterland has a sub-Mediterranean climate.
Average temperatures
Inland:
- January 0 to 2 °C,
- August 19 to 23 °C
On the coast:
- January 6 to 11 °C,
- August 21 to 27 °C
With an average of 2,600 hours of sunshine each year, the Adriatic coast is one of the sunniest parts of the Mediterranean.
Average sea temperature in summer is 25 to 27 °C.

Time zone
Croatia is in the same time zone as Rome, Vienna, Paris and Munich (+1 GMT)

Currency
The official currency of Croatia is the kuna (ISO 4217 code: HRK). The name "kuna" (meaning "marten" in Croatian) comes from the historic importance of the marten fur trade in Croatia.
Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 lipa and 1, 2 and 5 kuna
Banknotes: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 kuna
Exchange rate: 1 euro = ca. 7.36 kn (2009 average)

Credit cards
The following credit cards are accepted in Croatia:
American Express, Diners Club, Euro/MasterCard, Visa.

Traffic
Right-hand side

Breakdown assistance
987 Croatian Auto Club

Speed limits
50 km/h in built-up areas
90 km/h outside built-up areas
110 km/h on expressways
130 km/h on motorways

Road toll
For most Croatian motorways, the toll is collected in a toll booth when leaving the motorway. The charge depends on the length of the section of motorway (except for the A2 motorway) and the vehicle category. In addition to cash and credit cards, the toll can be paid using the ENC electronic toll system or prepaid SMART cards.

International dialling code
+385

Emergency calls
Emergency phone number 112

Electrical current
220 V, 50 Hz

Visas
Information regarding visas is available at:
www.mfa.hr/MVP.asp?pcpid=1615

Public holidays in Croatia
January 1st New Year's Day
January 6th Epiphany
variable dates Easter, Easter Monday
May 1st Labour Day
60 days post Easter Corpus Christi
June 22nd Anti-Fascist Struggle Day
June 25th Statehood Day
August 5th Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day
August 15th Assumption of Mary
October 8th Independence Day
November 1st All Saints Day
December 25th Christmas Day
December 26th Saint Stephen's Day

Airports
Zagreb tel: +385 1/6265 222
Osijek tel: +385 060/339 339
Pula tel: +385 52/530 111
Rijeka tel: +385 51/315 715
Zadar tel: +385 23/ 313 311
Split tel: +385 21/203 506
Dubrovnik tel: +385 20/773 333