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Coordinates: 45°10′N 15°30′E

Republic of Croatia
Republika Hrvatska  (Croatian)[a]
Flag Coat of arms
Anthem: Lijepa naša domovino
(English: “Our Beautiful Homeland”)
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Location of Croatia (dark green)– in Europe (green & dark grey)
– in the European Union (green)
Capital
and largest city
Zagreb
45°48′N 16°0′E
Official languagesCroatian[b]
Writing systemLatin[c]
Ethnic groups (2011[4])90.42% Croats4.36% Serbs5.22% others
Religion (2011)86.28% Catholicism4.57% Irreligious4.44% Eastern Orthodoxy1.47% Islam2.90% others
Demonym(s)Croatian
GovernmentUnitary parliamentary constitutional republic
• PresidentZoran Milanović
• Prime MinisterAndrej Plenković
• Speaker of ParliamentGordan Jandroković
LegislatureSabor
Establishment
• Duchy7th century
• Kingdom925
• Personal union with Hungary1102
• Joined Habsburg Monarchy1 January 1527
• Secession from
Austria-Hungary
29 October 1918
• Creation of Yugoslavia4 December 1918
• Decision on independence25 June 1991
• Erdut Agreement12 November 1995
• Joined the European Union1 July 2013
Area
• Total56,594 km2 (21,851 sq mi) (124th)
• Water (%)1.09
Population
• 2020 estimate4,058,165[5] (128th)
• 2011 census4,284,889[6]
• Density73/km2 (189.1/sq mi) (109th)
GDP (PPP)2020 estimate
• Total$117.928 billion[7] (81st)
• Per capita$29,207[7] (55th)
GDP (nominal)2020 estimate
• Total$63.172 billion[7] (77th)
• Per capita$15,646[7] (55th)
Gini (2018)Positive decrease 29.7[8]
low · 17th
HDI (2018)Increase 0.837[9]
very high · 46th
CurrencyKuna (HRK)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
• Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Date formatdd.mm.yyyy (CE)
Driving sideright
Calling code+385
ISO 3166 codeHR
Internet TLD.hr and .eu

Croatia (/kroʊˈeɪʃə/ (listen), kroh-AY-shə; Croatian: Hrvatska, pronounced [xř̩ʋaːtskaː]), officially the Republic of Croatia (Croatian: Republika Hrvatska, (listen)),[d] is a country at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro to the southeast, sharing a maritime border with Italy. Its capital, Zagreb, forms one of the country’s primary subdivisions, along with twenty counties. Croatia has an area of 56,594 square kilometres (21,851 square miles) and a population of 4.07 million, most of whom are Catholics.

The Croats arrived in the area in the 6th century and organised the territory into two duchies by the 9th century. Croatia was first internationally recognized as an independent state on 7 June 879 during the reign of duke Branimir. Tomislav became the first king by 925, elevating Croatia to the status of a kingdom. During the succession crisis after the Trpimirović dynasty ended, Croatia entered a personal union with Hungary in 1102. In 1527, faced with Ottoman conquest, the Croatian Parliament elected Ferdinand I of Austria to the Croatian throne. In October 1918, the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs, independent from Austria-Hungary, was proclaimed in Zagreb, and in December 1918 it was merged into the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.[11] Following the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941, most of the Croatian territory was incorporated into a Nazi-backed client-state, the Independent State of Croatia. A resistance movement developed led to the creation of the Federal State of Croatia, which after the war became a founding member and constituent of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. On 25 June 1991, Croatia declared independence and the Croatian War of Independence was fought for four years following the declaration.

A sovereign state, Croatia is a republic governed under a parliamentary system. It is a member of the European Union (EU), the United Nations (UN), the Council of Europe, NATO, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and a founding member of the Union for the Mediterranean. As an active participant in the UN peacekeeping forces, Croatia has contributed troops to the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan and took a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2008–2009 term. Since 2000, the Croatian government has constantly invested in infrastructure, especially transport routes and facilities along the Pan-European corridors.

Croatia is classified by the World Bank as a high-income economy and ranks very high on the Human Development Index.[12] The economy is dominated by service, industrial sectors and agriculture. Tourism is a significant source of revenue, with Croatia ranked among the top 20 most popular tourist destinations in the world. The state controls a part of the economy, with substantial government expenditure. The European Union is Croatia’s most important trading partner. Croatia provides social security, universal health care system, and a tuition-free primary and secondary education, while supporting culture through numerous public institutions and corporate investments in media and publishing.

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