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Countries of the World: Croatia
Resources about Croatia including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Croatia Real GDP growth (2009): -5.8%. Inflation rate (2009): 2.9%. Unemployment rate (International Labor Organization method, 2009): 9.7%. Natural resources: Oil, bauxite, low-grade iron ore, calcium, natural asphalt, mica, clays, salt, and hydropower.

Geography of Croatia Area: 56,542 sq. km. land area (slightly smaller than West Virginia), 31,067 sq. km. coastal sea area. Major cities (2002 est.): Capital--Zagreb (779,145). Others-- Split (188,694), Rijeka (144,043), Osijek (114,616). Terrain: Croatia is situated between central and eastern Europe. Its terrain is diverse, containing rocky coastlines, densely wooded mountains, plains, lakes, and rolling hills. Climate: Croatia has a mixture of climates. In the north it is continental, Mediterranean along the coast, and a semi- highland and highland climate in the central region.

Government of Croatia Type: Parliamentary democracy. Constitution: Adopted December 22, 1990. Independence (from Yugoslavia): June 25, 1991. Branches: Executive--president (chief of state), prime minister (head of government), cabinet of ministers. Legislative--unicameral Parliament or Sabor. Judicial--three- tiered system. Suffrage: Universal at 18. Political parties (represented in Parliament): Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP), Croatian People's Party-Liberal Democrats (HNS), Croatian Peasant Party (HSS), Croatian Party of Rights (HSP), Istrian Democratic Assembly (IDS), Croatian Social Liberal Party (HSLS), Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), Croatian Party of Pensioners (HSU), Croatian Democratic Alliance of Slavonia and Baranja (HDSSB), Party of Democratic Action of Croatia (SDAH).

Map of Croatia This Map of Croatia shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Zagreb the capital of Croatia. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Croatia The Official Name of Croatia is the Republic of Croatia. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Croatia Population (July 2008 est.): 4,491,543. Population growth rate (2005 est.): -0.02%. Ethnic groups: Croat 89.6%, Serb 4.5%, other 5.9% (including Bosniak, Hungarian, Slovene, Czech, and Roma) (2001 census). Religions: Catholic 87.8%, Orthodox 4.4%, Slavic Muslim 1.28%, others 6.52%. Language: Croatian (South Slavic language, using the Roman script). Health (2005 est.): Life expectancy--male 70.79 years; female 78.31 years. Infant mortality rate--6.84 deaths/1,000 live births.

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