Croatia - Country information

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General information about the country

Official name of the country: Republic of Croatia
Form of government: unitary democratic parliamentary republic
Area: land 56,594 km2, coastal waters 31,067 km2 (inland and territorial waters)
Population: 4.28 million (2011 census)
Official language: Croatian
Capital: Zagreb
Population of the capital: 688,163 (2011 census)
Important economic and cultural cities: Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Osijek, Zadar, Dubrovnik


Interesting facts about the country

  1. Did you know you could experience Croatia all year round? Exceptionally rich in natural beauty and well-preserved cultural heritage, mainly due to its diversity, Croatia offers innumerable opportunities to enjoy magical nature in the fresh air. Take a bike ride on the trails where, long ago, Roman legions walked, plunge into the sea depths and enjoy the pristine underwater world. If you are looking for more than clean air and cold spring waters, clear your mind while enjoying the benefits of thermal waters and a relaxing massage and afterwards, reward your palate by tasting traditional fresh dishes prepared by locals along with excellent Croatian wines.
  1. Did you know that Croatia has 718 islands and islets, 289 rocks and 78 reefs along the coastline, so it may justly be called the "land of a thousand islands"?
  1. Did you know that the TIE (CRAVAT), today an essential fashion accessory for men (and women), was named after an item in the uniform of Croatian soldiers during the Thirty Years' War (Napoleonic War)?
  1. Did you know that almost 10% of the country is protected in 11 nature parks, 8 national parks and two strict nature reserves situated across several bio-geographical regions? Croatia is extraordinarily rich in land, sea, and underground natural habitats. This makes it a rare European landscape, with an incredible number of eight national parks and 11 nature parks across such a small area. Untouched natural landscapes and the abundance of flora and fauna make Croatia an excellent place for the development of eco-tourism.
  1. Did you know that Croatia has 7 UNESCO protected monuments and 13 phenomena listed on the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list?

Top 5 Lists

Top 5 tourist products

  • Nature (Adriatic Sea, beaches, flora, fauna, healthy climate)
  • Gastronomy and enology
  • Active tourism (cycling, golf, canoe, horseback riding, kayak, flying, diving, riding, sailing and nautical tourism, fishing, skiing, hiking, speleology)
  • Richness and diversity of events
  • Culture and history

Top 5 tourist destinations

  • Dubrovnik,
  • Istria (Rovinj, Poreč)
  • Dalmatia (Zadar, Split)
  • Kvarner
  • Zagreb

Top 5 events

  • Ultra Europe Music Festival, Split;
  • Špancirfest, Varaždin
  • The Rabska Fjera, Island Rab
  • Rijeka carnival; Rijeka
  • Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Chinese twin towns and twin counties

  • Primorje-Gorski Kotar County – Liaoning Province
  • Istria County – Zhejiang Province
  • Rijeka – Dalian
  • Rijeka – Ningbo
  • Rijeka – Qingdao
  • Zagreb –Shanghai
  • Zagreb – Beijing
  • Zabok – San Men Xia
  • Korčula – Yangzhou
  • Dubrovnik – Sanya


Embassies in China

Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the People's Republic of China, Beijing


General consulates and consulates in China

Consulate of the Republic of Croatia in the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong. Headed by the honorary consul, does not perform consular functions.


List of international airports in the country


Contact information

  • Ministry of Tourism
    Address: Prisavlje 14,
    HR-10000 Zagreb,
    Phone: +385 1 6169 111
    Fax: +385 1 6169 379
  • Croatian National Tourist Board
    Iblerov trg 10/IV
    10000 Zagreb
    Phone: +385 (0)1 4699 333
    Fax: +385 (0)1 4557 827

Photos: Croatian National Tourist Board