Country - Croatia
Croatia Country Information
Croatia is enjoying the status of being one of the highly developed economies in the world. The GDP (PPP) is $106.548 billion and the per capita income has been estimated at $25807 in 2018. Its Human Developmt Index stood admirably at 0.827 ranking 45th in the world. Industrial sector, Agriculture and Services sector dominate the economy of the country. Tourism fetches the country humungous revenue contributing about 20% of GDP and it is no wonder that the country is one of the top twenty tourist destinations in the world.
Croatia is a crescent C-shaped piece of land mass with its lower end apparently dragged south-eastwards. The inward concave curve of the land is bordered by Bosnia and Herzegovina mostly in the east and partly in the south east. The lower most tip of the land too is in proximity with Montenegro in the south east. Its eastern border is shared by Serbia, the northeastern border by Hungary and the south western border is common with Slovenia.
The remaining convex shaped lengthy coastline is awash with the waves of Adriatic Sea. More than a thousand islands and islets seem in the world atlas to have swarmed around its western and southwestern border in the Adriatic Sea. This is where tourists from overseas and within the country throng together and the tourist population is much denser in the months of July and August.
Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and the entire country is subdivided into twenty counties. The main principal language is Croatian and its written form is in Latin script. More than 91% of the population follows Christianity. The summer season is people-friendly in Croatian terrain which is divided into three climatic regions viz., continental region (22-26ºC), mountain region (15-20ºC) and coastal region (26-30 ºC) and the temperatures in winter range between -1 to 30 ºC, -5 to 0 ºC , and 5 to 10 ºC respectively. Visitors are advised to bring in for themselves appropriate costumes to suit different climatic conditions accordingly.
Croatia has a unicameral legislature under unitary parliamentary constitutional republic, with the elected heads of state as President, Prime Minister, four Deputy Prime Ministers and council of ministers and other political leaders holding a period of five years. The transportation system in the country is most extensive and considered as the best in the world.
Being the darling of international tourists, Croatia occupies a prime place in the list of top world tour destinations. There are as many as ten places in the country identified as UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES, rare to find so many in such a relatively small country. The list enumerates Historic city of Trigor, the Cathedral of St.James in Sibenik, Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica, Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian, Plitvice National Park, Stari Grad Plain and Old city of Dubrovnik which are the most famous among them and compel the visitors to repeat their trips again and again.
The recreative cruise trips in the Adriatic waters are sure to elevate the spirits of rejoicing travellers. Prominent among its thousand sister islands are Korcula, Hvar, Brac, Cres and Mljet which show up pleasantly different views from one another. The botanical gardens in Zagreb is a cool and tranquil green place of nature letting the visitors meet closely the flora which please their eyes and consoles their souls. The silent gigantic statues of beautiful angels shining in metallic gold lustre, standing majestically in the public places of cobblestoned streets leave an indelible imprint in the hearts of aesthetic viewers. The visitors are likely to be led into frustration of not being able to talk to every dumb statue yet awesomely graceful.
If you decide to visit Croatia in February, you can consider yourself as the most fortunate since you are greeted with the festive colourful celebrations that happen with clock-like precision every year. The Croatians revel unleashedly in vivid coloured camouflages in thickly paraded streets with dances and al fresco pantomimes in tune with surrounding music. You need not be surprised if you are tempted to join the parade as an active participant. The tradition of Mascare carnival remains and is kept alive and ebullient even after a century of its birth.
Croatia takes pride in the membership of United Nations, European Union, World Trade Organisation, NATO and the Council of Europe. It is not only one of the 43 member states of Union for the Mediterranean but was one among the founders of the league. Conscience over global welfare of the country is evident from the active participation in sending its troops as peace-keeping force to the United Nations.
Croatia deserves appreciation in the wake of its fast phenomenal growth to prosperity in many sectors within a span of two and half decades since gaining independence.