The Republic of Croatia

Geographical position:

Croatia extends from the furthest eastern edges of the Alps in the north-west to the Pannonian lowlands and the banks of the Danube in the east; its central region is covered by the Dinara mountain range, and its southern parts extend to the coast of the Adriatic Sea.

Surface:

The mainland covers 56.542 km2 ; surface area of territorial waters totals 31,067 km2

Coastline:

5,835.3 km, of which 4,058 km comprise the coastlines of islands, solitary rocks and reefs. Number of islands, solitary rocks and reefs: 1,185; the largest islands are Cres and Krk; there are 47 inhabited islands.

Highest peak:

Dinara: 1,831 m above sea level.

Population:

4.437.460 inhabitants; the majority of the population are Croats; national minorities are Serbs, Slovenes, Hungarians, Bosnians, Italians, Czechs and others.

Capital:

Zagreb (779,145 inhabitants), the economic, traffic, cultural and academic centre of the country.

System of government:

Multi-party parliamentary republic.

Climate:

Croatia has three climate zones; the prevailing climate in the country’s interior is moderately rainy; on the highest peaks, a forest climate with snow falls, while 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. Average temperatures in the interior: January 0 to 2 oC, somewhat lower at the highest altitudes; August - about 20 oC and about 12 oC on the highest peaks. Average temperature in the littoral: January - 5 to 9 oC, August - 22 to 25 oC; sea temperature in winter: 2 oC; in summer, about 25 oC. meteo.hr/index_en.php

Currency:

Kuna (1 Kuna = 100 Lipa). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, post offices and at most tourist agencies, hotels and camping grounds. Latest exchange rates.

Electricity:

220V, 50Hz

Water:

Tap water is potable throughout Croatia.

Time zone:

GMT plus one hour in winter and GMT plus two in summer

Travel documentation:

A valid passport or some other identification document recognised by international agreement; for certain countries a personal identity card is sufficient (a document which testifies to the identity and citizenship of the bearer).

Information: Diplomatic missions and consular offices of the Republic of Croatia abroad or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Croatia. www.mvpei.hr 

Customs regulations:

Customs regulations of the Republic of Croatia are in line with the standards of European Union countries. Foreign currency is freely brought in and taken out of the country (up to a value of 3.000 euros); up to a value of 15.000 Kuna for domestic currency. Dogs and cats, accompanied by their owner, need to have an International certificate from a registered veterinarian stating that at least 15 days and not more than six months have passed since their vaccination against rabies.

National holidays:

  • 1 January - New Year’s Day;
  • 6 January - Epiphany,
  • Easter, including Easter Monday;
  • 1 May - Labor Day;
  • 19 June - Corpus Christi;
  • 22 June - Anti-Fascist Resistance Day;
  • 25 June - Statehood Day;
  • 5 August - Victory Day and National Thanksgiving Day;
  • 15 August - Assumption;
  • 8 October - Independence Day;
  • 1 November - All Saints’ Day;
  • 25 and 26 December - Christmas Holidays.

Important telephone numbers:

  • The telephone code for Croatia is +385
  • A single countrywide number for all emergency situations: 112
  • Ambulance: 194
  • Fire-service: 193
  • Police: 192
  • Assistance on the roads (HAK): 1987 (If you are calling from outside of Croatia or using a mobile phone dial +385 1 987)
  • General information: 18981
  • Information about local and district telephone numbers: 11888
  • Information about International telephone numbers: 11802
  • Weather forecast and road conditions: 18166

Information for drivers:

Allowed speed:

  • - within residential areas 50 km/h
  • - outside of residential areas 90 km/h
  • - on major motor routes 110 km/h
  • - on motorways 130 km/h

Allowed quantity of alcohol on blood: 0,5 per mill.

During daylight saving time (summer time), driving with headlights is not obligatory during day.

Use of mobile telephones while driving is forbidden!

A reflective sleeveless jacket is an obligatory part of each vehicle’s emergency equipment.

Fuel:

Eurosuper 95 - Unleaded motor gasoline, in accordance with the current European standard EN 228:2004.

Super 95 - Unleaded motor gasoline of the same octane level as Eurosuper 95, but this gasoline has higher sulphur content.

Super plus 98 - Unleaded motor gasoline of the higher octane level. Certain characteristics do not meet EU requirements; the sulphur content is higher.

Eurodiesel - This diesel fuel meets all the requirements specified by the European standard EN 590:2004.

Diesel - Characteristics do not meet EU requirements. It is suitable for use in older car models.

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