Croatia - basic facts
Official name: Republic of Croatia
Official language: Croatian
Official script: Latin
Official currency: Kuna (kn)
Population: 4,437,460 (according to the 2001 census)
Women: 52%; Men 48%
Capital: Zagreb; 779,145 inhabitants (according to the 2001 census)
Number of inhabitants per km2: 78.5
Majority population: Croats
National minorities: Serbs, Bosnians, Slovenians, Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, Italians and others
Territorial structure: The Republic of Croatia is divided into 21 counties including the City of Zagreb, 122 towns, 424 municipalities, and 6,767 settlements.
Political organisation: The political system of Croatia is a parliamentary democracy. The President of the Republic is Stjepan Mesić. The Prime Minister is Ivo Sanader. The Speaker of Parliament is Luka Bebić.
Total surface area: 87,609 km2
Land surface area: 56,542 km2
Territorial sea area: 31,067 km2
Total economic area: 113,680 km2
Total length of coast: 5,835 km
Length of mainland coast: 1,777 km
Length of island coast: 4,058 km
Total number of islands: 1,185
Number of inhabited islands: 47
Climate: A continental climate prevails in the north of Croatia, a semi-highland and highland climate in central areas, and a Mediterranean climate in the Adriatic area. On average, Croatia has 260 days of sunshine a year.
Religion: Predominantly Roman Catholic; other important religious communities include the Orthodox, Muslim, Jewish and Protestant communities.
State services: 8:30 - 16:30 Monday- Friday
Banks: 8:00 - 19:00 on weekdays and 7:00 - 12:00 on Saturdays
Food shops: 7:00 - 20:00 on weekdays and 7:00 - 15:00 on Saturdays
Other shops: 8:00 - 20:00 on weekdays and 8:00 - 15:00 on Saturdays
Credit cards: The following credit cards are used in the territory of Croatia: American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa and Eurocard.