Croatia

By Jadd Hashem

Welcome to Croatia!

Croatia is a beautiful country that is about 57,000 square kilometers in length. 4,000km of Croatia are islands around it's coast. It has a population of about 2.25 million. But besides that, we will learn the Geography, Culture, History and Innovation, Economics, Government, and Citizenship about Croatia! :)

Geography and Travel

The most popular cities in Croatia are Zagreb*, Osijek, Sisak, Rijeka, and Split just to name a few. Croatia is a mediterranean type of country because of all the ocean and rivers it has. 36% of Croatia is forests, while islands and ocean make up 35% of Croatia. The only mountains in Croatia are the Dinaric Alps. They aren´t huge, but they do stretch out far to Slovenia. Rivers contribute to drainage of the Black Sea and Adriatic Sea. Majority of the days in Croatia it rains and showers, with a cool 50-60 degrees as the high, and 40-50 degrees as the low. But if itś not raining in Croatia, the high is EVEN COLDER! WIth a 53 degrees as a high, and 50 degrees as a low. Interesting! Whatś also interesting is the fact that the most popular city, Zagreb is a very busy city like New York City, but in Split (the second most popular city) it is near the beach and oceanline. People must have a different taste in where they live. And lastly, with traveling it has to be from boat since there is oceans, but if you live in Europe you can just drive there!

Government and Foreign Policy

Croatia's government type is a Parliamentary Republic. They currently have a prime minister by the name of Tihomir Orešković. It is a limited government where there isn't much controversy. The rights for men are similar to men in the United States, but the women don't have as fair rights as women in the United States. In the United States, they have a democracy which is an elected government where a president is held. In Croatia, they have a parliamentary republic so they have a prime minister. Women still don't have as many rights as they have to deal with things like violence. Croatia is also a part of the United Nations. There is a relationship between Croatia-United States where they support each other's military. Croatia from the government, is pretty fair except for some things with women. The United States does have a better government though.

Economy

Croatia's currency is a Croatian Kuna. One USD = 7.02 Croatian Kuna. Croatia has $12.2 BILLION in exporting mostly including; petroleum gas, chocolate, cement, gold, and fuel wood. Meanwhile, Croatia has $20.5 BILLION in imports mostly including; vehicle parts, gas, pig meat, computers, and plastic lids. It's GDP per capita is $13,607.51. (In USD.) Compared to the United States, I would say it's not as wealthy but it still is fair. The United States has over $50k but Croatia has about the same to Russia. I think it's not extremely wealthy, but it isn't a bad country compared to others.

Social and Ethnic Groups

Ethnic and social groups in Croatia include Muslims, Hungarians, and Slovenes. When there are school, there are 3 stages of early childhood. The way school works that you start in elementary school which starts at age 6 or 7. Then goes secondary school which starts right after, and then you have higher education which is like high school. Public school is free except for some higher education schools. Between women and men, most people were saying women don´t have equal rights because they don´t get payed as much. There is also a lot of violence with women including terrorization, ethnicities, race, and more. The women and men have VERY IMPRESSIVE literacy rates. Men have a 99.71% literacy rate, and women have a 99.74%. This definitely means women and men are capable of going to school and have a good education. The major ethnic groups are Muslims, Hungarians, and others. There is no conflict between ethnicities, but rather through a war of Independance.

Religion, Language, and Country Flag

The most popular religion in Croatia is Roman Catholic Christianity. (91.06%) There are some other minor religions like Judaism, Islam, and Christian Orthodox. The main language in Croatia is Croatian. This flag was created on December 21, 1990. The red means revolutions and sacrifices, the white means peace and unity, blue means freedom, and hope, and the 5 small shields represent the following countries; Croatia, Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Istria, and Slavonia. (This image if from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Croatia)

Traditional Holidays/Festivals, Traditional Clothing, and Food

One cool festival in Croatia is called, International Folklore Festival. It goes from June 20-24. It represents the different cultures, and history of Croatia. The people wore fancy clothing and danced, ate, and sang like there was no tomorrow! Here is a recipe for the food below:


  • squid
  • 100ml of olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1½ cups fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • slices prosciutto, chopped
  • lemon wedges, to serve

Data Maps and Data Graphs

GDP Per Capita: I can conclude that because of the GDP per capita, people in Croatia aren´t wealthy, nor poor, so they are a moderate country for money. ($13,607.51 USD.)


Religions: I can conclude that because of the religions, people in Croatia may have came from Italy since the country is predominantly Roman Catholic. The United States and Croatia do have some similar aspects how they both have Christian Catholics.

Data Tables/Maps

Here are what I based the conclusions on!