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Gasoline

Petrol stations
Open from 7 a.m. until 7 or 8 p.m. every day; in the summer season, until 10 p.m.
On-duty petrol stations in the larger cities and on main international routes are open 24 hours a day.
All petrol stations sell Eurosuper 95, Super 95, Super 98, Super plus 98, Normal and Euro Diesel fuel.
For information on prices of petrol and on the list of centres selling gas: www.ina.hr, www.omvistrabenz.hr, www.hak.hr
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Geography

  • Location:
    Southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea, between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia

  • Geographic coordinates:
    45 10 N, 15 30 E

  • Area:
    total: 56,542 sq km
    water: 128 sq km
    land: 56,414 sq km

    Area - comparative:
    slightly smaller than West Virginia

  • Land boundaries:
    total: 2,197 km
    border countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina 932 km, Hungary 329 km, Serbia and Montenegro (north) 241 km, Serbia and Montenegro (south) 25 km, Slovenia 670 km

  • Coastline:
    5,835 km (mainland 1,777 km, islands 4,058 km)

  • Maritime claims - as described in UNCLOS 1982 (see Notes and Definitions):
    territorial sea: 12 NM
    continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation

  • Climate:
    Mediterranean and continental; continental climate predominant with hot summers and cold winters; mild winters, dry summers along coast

  • Terrain:
    geographically diverse; flat plains along Hungarian border, low mountains and highlands near Adriatic coastline and islands

  • Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Adriatic Sea 0 m
    highest point: Dinara 1,830 m

  • Natural resources:
    oil, some coal, bauxite, low-grade iron ore, calcium, gypsum, natural asphalt, silica, mica, clays, salt, hydropower

  • Land use:
    arable land: 23.55%
    permanent crops: 2.24%
    other: 74.21% (1998 est.)

  • Irrigated land:
    30 sq km (1998 est.)

  • Natural hazards:
    destructive earthquakes

  • Environment - current issues:
    air pollution (from metallurgical plants) and resulting acid rain is damaging the forests; coastal pollution from industrial and domestic waste; landmine removal and reconstruction of infrastructure consequent to 1992-95 civil strife

  • Environment - international agreements:
    party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Sulfur 94, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
    signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

  • Geography - note:
    controls most land routes from Western Europe to Aegean Sea and Turkish Straits
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    Golf

    Croatian golf is not far in development. There are just two courses:

    Dolina Kardinala Golf & Country club |
    Adres:
    Mirkopolju
    Krasic
    Tel: +385 (47) 731 100
    Fax: +385 (47) 731 747
    Internet:www.croatia-golf.hr
    E-mail: mm@croatia-golf.hr

    Pula golf club
    Adres:
    Ciscuttijeva
    652100 Pula
    Tel: +385 (52) 376 300
    Fax: +385 (52) 376 301
    E-mail: golfclub@gradpula.com
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    Health care

    The Croatian health care is similar with those in other European countries. It is in so far never occurred that there arose health problems as a result of a stay in the country. There are no domestic sicknesses. The disorders which visitors generally get does not go further then a insect bite or a sunstroke. Tap water is drinkable.

  • Vaccinations:
    Visitors do not need specific vaccinations. In all large places of Croatia are hospitals, in all smaller places health centres and pharmacies are present. Medical costing visitors who come from an EU country get help in principle with the health insurance from own country in Croatia, but it is recommend concluding a travel insurance which provides also in cover with medical costs nevertheless. Take preferably an insurance which covers repatriation by plane in case of need.

  • Medicines
    Although the current medicines are possible to get without much effort at a pharmacy. Some medicines have not been confessed in Croatia under the commercial name which they have got in the country of origin, but are indicated by means of the active components which they contain. This can hamper buying a medicine. If you use medicines it is advised to have a readable recipe from your doctor on you.

  • Pharmacy:
    In the large as well as the smaller cities largely present. These are generally opened from 08.00 till 13.00 and from 15.00 till 19.00. Hygiene is at a very high level in Croatia. Also on public toilets, who are present in large numbers. Take into account for a visit to a public toilet small compensation of this way approximately 2 Kuna.
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    Internet

    Croatian Internet is not that far developed (per habitant) like the west European standard but if there is good accommodation there is always internet. The Croatian extinction is HR.
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    Inhabitants

    Croatia has almost 4.500.000 inhabitants.
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    Hunting

    Information:
    Croatian Hunting Federation
    Nazorova 63
    10000 Zagreb
    Tel. (01) 483 45 60
    Fax. (01) 483 45 57
    Web: www.hrvatski-lovacki-savez.hr
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    Kitesurfing

    Adriatic has some truly great spots for Windsurfing, Kitesurfing.
    Famous location is Bol - island Brac. If you love crowds, loud music, steep prices, you sure will love this place.
    And in case the wind is not right for windsurfing some day (notice the word Wind in the name Windsurfing), you can climb the church tower using your fingers and feet.

    The "true" watersports freaks will rather choose Viganj on Peljesac peninsula. It's like a community there, the camp is almost entirely populated by young people with admirable postures and interesting hairdos.

    The winds there in the channel between Peljesac and island Korcula are excellent for Windsurfing and Kitesurfing.

    Next place for windsurfing and kitesurfing is Punat on the island Krk.
    Excellent for beginners -the bay is almost like a lake, you can't get blown away, good winds, and if there’s no wind you can keep your muscles toned and adrenaline level appropriately high on the Ski-lift.
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    Language

    Croatian language is the leading language in Croatia. The Croatian uses Latin alphabet. But Croatian people speak in general good German and English, In Istria sometimes Croatian people speak Italian language.