Croatia

By: Courtney A. Pratt

Introduction

Croatia is located in Southeast Europe. Did you know, that Croatia invented the necktie? The origins of the necktie go way back to the 17th century, when Croatian mercenaries fought in the Thirty Years' War, bringing their distinctively knotted neckwear along with them. In this project, I will be talking about Croatia's Geography and travel, religion, language, country flag, traditional holidays or festivals, traditional clothing, and food.

Geography and Travel

In the 1400s Habsburgs took control of Croatia, hoping this would prevent Ottoman expansion. By the mid-1800s, Croatia achieved domestic autonomy under Hungarian authority. This lasted until the end of World War I, at which time Croatia joined the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes which became Yugoslavia in 1929. During World War II, Germany established a Fascist regime in Yugoslavia that controlled a northern Croatian state. Some of the major cities in Croatia are Zagreb, Split, Zadar, and Rijeka. Some mountain ranges surrounding cities are the Dinaric Alps, the Velebit and Velika Kapela. The Dinaric Alps is the border line between Croatia and Bosnia. The longest Croatian rivers are the River Sava, the River Drava, and the Danube River. These rivers form the natural borders of Croatia. In the summer, the temperature has a high of 24 degrees celsius, and a low of 26 degrees celsius. The climate in the summer is hot and dry. The temperature in the winter has a low of 2 degrees celsius, and a high of 9 degrees celsius. The climate in the winter is wet. Most people in Croatia live in Zagreb because of its various, delicious food. People get to and from Croatia by ferries, buses, trains, and cars.

Government and Foreign Policy.

Croatia's form of government is Parliamentary Democracy. Croatia's current leader is Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. (The picture on the right side is Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.) Croatia's Legislative Branch is the law ranking body. Croatia has a Limited Government.

Religion, Language, and Country Flag.

Roman Catholicism, Greek Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, Protestantism, Judaism, and Islam religions are practiced in Croatia. The main language that is spoken in Croatia is Croatian. The main religion that is practiced in Croatia is Roman Catholicism. The picture to the right is Croatia's current flag. The red and white checkerboard on their flag stand for Croatia's shield.

Traditional Holidays or Festivals, Traditional Clothing, and Food

Some of the festivals Croatia has is Spring Break Island, INmusic festival, Hideout Festival, and Love International Festival. Some of the traditional food Croatia has is Crni Rizot, Gridele, Brodet, and Pasticada.

Where I got info and pictures