THE CROATIA GUIDE
Everything you need to know about Croatia, from travel information to history and culture – a perfect online guide.
Where is Croatia?
Croatia is a country located in Southern Europe, although most people would classify it as being part of Eastern Europe. It is located on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, which puts it right across that sea from Italy. Additionally, Croatia also borders countries in Eastern and Southern Europe such as Slovenia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary.
The population of Croatia is around 4.5 million people, making it one of the smaller countries within Europe. The vast majority of the people that live within Croatia are people that are Croatian in terms of their nationality, with over 95% of the population being made up of such people. The vast majority of immigrants to the country are from bordering countries and nearby areas, which means that you are not likely to see that many visible minorities when you are within the country.
Zagreb – The capital of Croatia
If you are interested in traveling to Croatia, then you are going to need to know some basic facts about the country beyond just where it happens to be located. The government of Croatia is a parliamentary democracy and for that reason there are actually open question period sessions that you can attend if you’d like to see how things work within the capital city of Zagreb (it also happens to be the largest city in the country and one of the major tourism destinations, so you would not be going out of your way in order to attend a question period).
History of Croatia is one that has been full of conflicts and it is a history that you would not think of just by looking at the country itself. Unlike many other countries with bloody histories, there are few points of evidence left regarding that same history in Croatia and much of the country has been transformed into a stunningly beautiful landscape capable of drawing millions of tourists each year.
The war conflicts of Croatia start in 1918 with the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, during which time Croatia teamed up with Serbia and Slovenia in order to form the independent state of Yugoslavia. Under a brutal dictator known as Marshal Tito, this political entity was held together for a very long time as a Communist dictatorship. In 1991 however, Croatia eventually declared their independence from Yugoslavia, something they obtained in full in 1995 after four years of conflicts.