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political conditions, and economy.
Economy of Croatia
Real GDP growth (2009): -5.8%.
Inflation rate (2009): 2.9%.
Unemployment rate (International Labor Organization method,
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-
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%,
Language: Croatian (South Slavic language, using the Roman
Health (2005 est.): Life expectancy--male 70.79 years; female
78.31 years. Infant mortality rate--6.84 deaths/1,000 live
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