|Country name:||Republic of Croatia (Republika Hrvatska)|
|Climate:||Continental climate in the inner part of the country, mountain climate above 1,200 m, Meditarranean climate at the Adriatic coast|
|Location:||Between 13 and -19 degrees East longitude and 42 and -47 degrees North latitude|
|Neighbouring countries:||Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro|
|Area:||56,594 square kilometres|
|Population:||4.43 million inhabitants, of whom 89% are ethnically Croatian, 4.5% Serbs and other nationalities, life expectancy: 75 years (average)|
|Religion:||the vast majority are Roman-Catholic, there are also Serbian Orthodox, Jews, Protestant, Muslims|
Croatia is a state in Southeast Europe and has about 4.2 million inhabitants. Capital of the country is – with around 790,000 inhabitants – is Zagreb. Here you can find our partner university, the University of Zagreb Medical School. Croatia is contiguous to the Adriatic Sea, partly to the Pannonian Plain, Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
In the direction of Italy, Croatia is only separated from Italy by a small strip of Slovenian land. In the west of the country, the Adriatic Sea separates Croatia and Italy. Due to a maritime distance of only about 125-200 kilometers between the two countries, there are several ferries (especially from and to Venice), which run between Italy and Croatia.
In the interior and northeast of Croatia a continental climate prevails. In winter, the average temperatures range around 1°C; in summer around 22°C. In the west – at the coast of the Adriatic Sea – a damp, Mediterranean climate prevails. The summers are very dry and sunny with highest average temperatures around 30°C. Therefore, also the winters are very mild with temperatures around 10°C.
Croatia has a very species-rich flora and fauna, which is protected with the help of eight national parks and eleven nature parks. The national park „Plitvicer Seen“ is a UNESCO World Hertiage – natural site. All in all, about 10% of the Croatian mainland area is protected. Beyond that, the whole Croatian marine area is an ecological reserve.