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GENERAL INFORMATION

karta_ppa_2007Geographical 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 56,594 km2; surface area of territorial waters totals 31,067 km2.

Population:
4,437,460 inhabitants; composition of 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 (779,145 inhabitants), the economic, traffic, cultural and academic centre of the country.

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.

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 -2 to 0o C, 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

Currency:
kuna (1 kuna = 100 lipa). Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices, travel agencies, hotels, camps, marinas; cheques can be cashed in banks.

USEFUL INFORMATION

We have gathered some valuable information to make your stay in Croatia easier

Travel documents

A passport or some other identification document recognized by the international agreement is required. For some countries an identity card will be enough. Usually foreign visitors do not need a visa to enter Croatia – if you are not sure whether you need one or not, visit the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ web page (www.mvp.hr). If you need a visa, contact the Croatian Embassy in your country for more information about how to obtain it.
The Croatian currency is Kuna. The current exchange rate between the kuna and various world currencies can be calculated by our currency converter on Uniline’s main web page.

Customs regulations

Customs regulations of the Republic of Croatia are harmonized with the standards of E. U. member states. Foreign currency may be freely taken in and out of the country; local currency up to an amount of 15.000 Kuna. More valuable professional and technical equipment must be declared at the border. Tax refund when leaving the country is made to foreign nationals for individual goods purchased in Croatia for amounts in excess of 500 Kuna, by presenting a “Tax-check” form. This form is provided by a sales assistant, when items are purchased.

Health services

There are hospitals and clinics located in all the larger towns and cities, while smaller centers have pharmacies and ER’s. Foreign visitors are not obligated to pay for medical services if an agreement on health services was signed between Croatia and the visitors’ country of origin. Expenses for health services given to individuals coming from such countries are charged directly to the user, as given in the price list. If you are not sure whether your country has such agreement with Croatia, make sure to check before departure.

Public holidays

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

Shops and public services working hours

Most shops are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on weekdays and until 2 or 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, during the summer season even longer. Public services and business offices work from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.

Post offices and telecommunications

Post offices are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, in smaller centers from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.; some offices work a double shift. In most towns and tourist centers, on-duty post offices are open on Saturdays and Sundays. Stamps and phone cards, that are used for all public telephones, can be purchased from post offices and drug stores. For international calls, that can be made directly from public telephones, dial 00, then the country code followed by the telephone number.

Important telephone numbers

  • International country code for Croatia: 385
  • Ambulance: 94
  • Fire Department: 93
  • Police: 92
  • Roadside vehicle assistance: 987
  • National Search and Rescue Center: 9155
  • A single country number for all emergency situations: 112
  • General information: 981
  • Information for local and intercity telephone numbers: 988
  • Information for international numbers: 902
  • Weather forecast and road conditions: 060 520 520
  • Croatian Automobile Club (HAK): +385 1 4640 800
  • Croatian angels: +385 62 999 999

Power supply and tap water

220 V, 50 Hz Power outlets in Croatia are the Continental two-pin type.
Tap water is potable in all parts of Croatia.

Radio news in foreign languages during the tourist season

Croatian Radio broadcasts on several frequencies in foreign languages designed for tourists in Croatia. A daily program at 8:05 pm. is broadcasted on Channel One of the Croatian Radio in English. On Channel Two of the Croatian Radio, along with regular news, HAK provides reports on road conditions in English, German and Italian and, several times each day, information for sailors. Every hour on the hour there are also news and reports on road conditions directly from the studios of the Third Program of Bavarian Radio, the Third Program of Austrian Radio, RAI Uno and British Virgin Radio. Radio Prague broadcasts a news program at 9 pm.