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25 Interesting Facts about Croatia

25 Interesting Facts about Croatia

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Want to know more about Croatia? Here are 25 Interesting Facts about Croatia that you probably didn’t know before reading this!

To make this even more fun, I want to challenge you as well. How many of these Croatia facts did you know before reading this? Share your result in the comment section!

1. More than 2715 hours of sunshine per year

Croatia is an ideal destination to meet the spring, enjoy the summer and make the most out of autumn. With 2715 hours of sunshine per year, you can expect a lot of sunny and enjoyable days. 

2. Croatian Guinness World Records

Did you know that these world records are held by Croatia?

  • The Largest box of Popcorn
  • The Largest cup of cappuccino
  • Longest distance moonwalk in an hour
  • Most pull-ups in a minute
  • Fastest time to push a car one mile

3. The famous Zinfandel grape originated in Croatia

In 1996 it was discovered that the famous Zinfandel grape variety was of Croatian origin. The grape is very popular in Californian vineyards but is also grown in South Africa, Australia, and Chile. 

Zinfandel grape

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4. Croatian inventions

  • The Parachute
  • The Torpedo
  • The Mechanical Pencil
  • The MP3 Player
  • The Maglite Torch

5. There are about 4.2 million Croats living abroad

One of the most interesting facts about Croatia and its people. There is almost the same number of Croats living abroad as residing in the home country.

You shouldn’t be surprised if you meet someone with Croatian heritage in the following countries: Australia, USA, Canada, Chile, Argentina, and Germany. 

6. Hum is one of the world’s smallest towns

With a mere population of about 20 people, Hum is considered as one of the least populated towns in the world. 

7. The island of Brac has a beach that changes its shape after the winds

Did you know that the famous beach of Zlatni Rat changes its appearance depending on the winds? The tip of the golden beach can point either to the right or left. 

Zlatni Rat

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8. There are 1244 islands, isles, and inlets to explore

Croatia is one of the best countries in the world to go sailing, and there are plenty of islands to discover. Some of the most famous islands include Hvar, Brac, Vis, Krk, Pag, Korcula, and Cres. 

9. Pula is home to one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters

The Roman amphitheater in Pula is the 6th largest amphitheater in the world and the only one with all 3 rows preserved.

Pula amphitheater

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10. It has borders with 5 other countries

With land borders to Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, and Montenegro, it’s easy to travel via land from here. If you consider maritime borders, it also borders Italy. 

11. There’s a real Egyptian Sphinx at Diocletian’s palace in Split

Visitors to Split might wonder what an Egyptian Sphinx is doing at the square of Diocletian’s palace. But it was brought here by the emperor himself from Egypt, and they are estimated to be more than 4000 years old.

The Sphinx is made of Black granite. 

12. One-third of Croatia is covered by forests

There are lots of beautiful nature to discover here. In fact, there are 8 national parks to explore. Plitvice lakes and Krka National Park are two of the most famous ones. 

Croatian facts

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13. The city of Vinkovci has been inhabited for at least 8000 years

In Croatia, you can also visit the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe. Vinkovci has been inhabited for at least 8000 years, and today there are still more than 35 000 people living there. 

14. On the island of Susak women wear the shortest folk costumes in Europe

Folk costumes are very important within the European cultures, and each country and each region within that country usually have their own folk costumes. In Susak, which is a Croatian island, the women are known for having the shortest folk costumes in Europe. 

15. The necktie was invented here

Another interesting fact about Croatia. The necktie that business people from all over the world wears daily originated from Croats who were fighting as mercenaries for the Kingdom of France. 

Croatia facts

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5 x Fun Facts about Croatia and Croats

  • The world’s best football player 2018 is from Croatia – Luka Modric
  • The most common male names are Ivan, Marko, Josip, Stjepan, and Tomislav and the most common female names are Marija, Ana, and Ivana.
  • Croatians are the 4th heaviest alcohol consumers in the world per capita
  • In Croatian, the country is named Hrvatska, and the language is called Hrvatski.
  • There is an unknown number of dialects, and some of them are so distinct that people from other regions would have a hard time understanding it
Luka Modric

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5 x Croatia Facts for kids

  • Dalmatians are originally from the southern region of Dalmatia
  • Iris is the national flower of Croatia
  • The highest mountain in Croatia is the Dinara peak at 1,831 meters
  • On Veli Brijun Island, you can find more than 200 footprints from dinosaurs
  • Water polo, basketball, and handball are some of the most popular sports in Croatia besides football
Dalmatian

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General Facts about Croatia

Below are some general info such as total population, land area, biggest lake, highest mountain and other general facts about Croatia that might be interesting to know.

  • Total Population: 4.2 million
  • Capital: Zagreb
  • Life expectancy: 78 years.
  • Highest Mountain: Dinara (1831 meters)
  • Land area: 56,594 km2  (21,851 square miles)
  • Largest Lake: Lake Vrana
  • National Day: 8th October
  • Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic
  • President: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
  • Prime Minister: Andrej Plenković
  • Currency: Kuna (HRK)
  • Official language: Croatian.
  • Religion: 91% Christians. 
  • Official Website: vlada.gov.hr
  • Member of Nato: Yes
  • Member of EU: Yes
  • National song: “Lijepa naša domovino”
  • Time zone: CET +1, CEST +2
  • Country Number/Prefix: +385
  • Country Code: HR

Croatia Map

Below you can see the country and its territory marked in yellow on the map. 

Croatia Map

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Biggest Cities in Croatia

  • Zagreb
  • Split
  • Rijeka
  • Osijek
  • Zadar

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