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GENERAL INFORMATION

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, and the surface of the territorial sea is 31,067 km².

Population
4,437,460 inhabitants

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

System of government
Multi-party parliamentary republic.

Capital
Zagreb, with 779,145 inhabitants is the economical, traffic, cultural and academic centre of the country.

Coastline
The total coastline of Croatia is 5,835 km long. 4,058 km coastline is of the islands, solitary rocks and reefs.

Number of islands, solitary rocks and reefs
There are 1185 islands, solitary rocks and reefs: The largest islands are Krk and Cres. There are 50 inhabited islands. The highest mountaintop is Dinara. Dinara rizes 1831 m above de sealevel.

Climate
There are two climate zones. The first is a temperate continental climate or mountainous climate. The second zone is a pleasant Mediterranean climate prevails along the Adriatic coast, with an overwhelming number of sunny days, dry and hot summers, mild and humid winters;
average temperature in the inland:
January 0 to 2°C, August 19 to 23°C;
average temperature at the seaside:
January 6 to 11°C, August 21 to 27 °C; the temperature is about 12°C in winter, and 25°C in summer..


Currency
The official currency of Croatia is the kuna. 1 Kuna is 100 lipa. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, post offices and at most tourist agencies, hotels and camping grounds.

Credit Cards
Credit cards are accepted in almost every hotel and restaurant. Shops accept American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa, Sport Card International.
Cash dispensing machines are ubiquitous.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Travel documents
A valid identity card, a passport or some other internationally recognized identification document is enough to travel to Croatia. It must be a document that verifies the identity and the nationality of the holder of the document. Tourists may remain in Croatia for up to three months.

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 or up to a value of 40.000 kn for domestic currency.
Objects for personal, not commercial, use are exempt from import duties and VAT up to a maximum value of 300 kuna.
Import of meat and milk and other products of animal origin are subjected to a veterinary examination of the inspector of the border. Import of wine is allowed up to 5L per traveller. Valuable professional and technical equipment needs to be declared at the border.
Information: Republic of Croatia Customs Administration (tel 01 6102 333).

Pets
Pets that are on transit true Croatia or that are imported not for commercial purposes, accompanied by their owners or other authorized person can be imported in Croatia. Dogs, animals and marten must be marked with a clearly visible tattoo or electronic identification system.
Accompanied by their owner they 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.

Medical service
There are hospitals and clinics in all larger cities and first aid clinics and pharmacies in all places. Foreign tourists do not pay for medical services if the Health Care Convention was signed between Croatia and the country they come from. Expenses of health services provided to persons coming from the countries with which the Health Care Convention was not signed are charged directly to users according to the price list.
For patients whose lives are in danger, there is emergency transport by helicopter or speedboat.


Openingstijden van winkels en kantooruren
Shops and department stores are open between 08.00 and 20.00 and on Saturdays from 08.00 to 14.00, or to 15.00. A smaller number of stores close between noon and 16.00. Many stores are also open on Sundays, especially during the summer, and a smaller number of shops in the larger cities are open 24 hours a day.
Public services and companies usually work from 08.30 to 16.30 from Monday to Friday.

Post and telecommunications
Post Offices are open from 07.00 to 21.00, and on Saturdays until 13.00. There are Post Offices in the larger cities that are opened until 22.00 in the summer.
Postage stamps are sold in Post Offices and at newsstands. Public telephones can be used only with phone cards, which can be purchased in Post Offices and at newsstands, in hotels and tourist complexes.


Electricity
Voltage of city power grid – 220V, frequency 50HZ

Water
Tap water is potable throughout Croatia.

Call 112

Call 112 if you’re in need of
  1. urgent medical help
  2. fire support
  3. police assistance
  4. mountain- and rescue service
  5. urgent veterinary help
Fire security
Make sure you have done all to prevent fire. Do not leave burning or flammable objects in nature behind. Please don’t make fires that is indicated.

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