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ABOUT CROATIA

Area:56,542 km2

Area of territorial waters:31.067 km

Population:4.800.000

Capital:Zagreb. 950.000 inhabitants- the centre of the country

Length of coast:5,835 km - including 4,058 km of island Number of islands, islets and reefs:1,185. The largest islands are those of Krk and Cres. There are 67 inhabited islands.

Highestpike:Dinara 1.831 m

Climate: Northern Croatia has a continental climate; Central Croatia has a semi-highland and highland climate, while the Croatian coast has a Mediterranean climate. Winter temperatures range from -1 to 3C in the continental region, -5 to 0C in the mountain region and 5 to 10C in the coastal region. Summer temperatures range from 22 to 26C in the continental region, 15 to 20C in the mountain region and 26 to 30C in the coastal region.

Geographical position:Croatia extends from the foothills the Julian Alps in the north-west and the Pannonian Plain of in the east, over the Dinara mountain range in its central region, to the Adriatic coast in the south.

Population:The majority of the population are Croats. National minorities include Serbs, Moslems, Slovenes, Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, Italians, and others.

Religions:The majority of the population are Roman Catholics, and in addition there are a number of those of Orthodox faith, as well as Muslims, and Christians of other denominations.

Official language and alphabet:Croatian language and Latin alphabet.