Croatia: population and cities
Countryaah website, Croatia has about 4.4 million residents.
- Croatian 90%
- Serbs 5%
- Bosniaks 0.5%
- Italian 0.4%
- Hungary 0.4%
- Albanians 0.3%
- Slovenes 0.3%
- Czechs 0.2%
About 88% of Croats are Catholic. The Serbian population is almost exclusively
Christian Orthodox - around 4% of the total population. There is also an Islamic
religious community (around 1%) and a small Jewish community.
- Roman Catholic 88%
- Serbian Orthodox 4%
- Muslim 1%
- Protestants 0.4%
- Atheists 5%
- Unknown 1.6%
Croatian and Serbo-Croatian.
The Croatian language belongs to the South Slavic subgroup of the Slavic branch
of the Indo-European languages and is written with Latin letters. From a
linguistic point of view, Croatian is largely identical to Serbian and Bosnian
and was combined with them to form "Serbo-Croatian" until the fall of
Yugoslavia. Since the breakup of Yugoslavia into different nation states, the
respective dialects have also been recognized as different languages. Croatian
is currently spoken by around 4.8 million people in Croatia, where it is also
the official language. Furthermore, Croatian is still spoken as a mother tongue
in some areas of Bosnia-Herzegovina, especially in Herzegovina (the area around
Mostar) and in northeastern Bosnia (in the area around Bosanski Brod).
Capital, other cities
The capital of Croatia is Zagreb, with a population of around 790,000.
The 10 biggest cities including Zagreb are:
- Split, approx. 200,000 residents
- Rijeka, about 150,000 residents
- Osijek, about 120,000 residents
- Zadar, approx. 75,000 residents
- Slavonski Brod, approx. 70,000 residents
- Velika Gorica, about 65,000 residents
- Karlovac, about 60,000 residents
- Pula, approx. 59,000 residents
- Sisak, approx. 53,000 residents
And not to forget Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic with around 44,000
Croatia: geography, map
Defined by DigoPaul, Croatia shares a border with the following four countries:
- Bosnia-Herzegovina with a length of around 930 km
- Slovenia with a length of around 500 km
- Hungary with a length of around 330 km
- Serbia and Montenegro with a length of around 265 km.
The country has a sea coast (including its islands) with a length of around
Area, land use and geology
Croatia covers a total area of around 89,810 km², of which around 33,200
km² is in the sea area.
Around 35% of the country is forested.
- Fields and fields
Around 57% of the land is used as arable land, fields or meadows, especially
for growing cereals (wheat, rye), potatoes, sugar beets, hops, corn, wine,
fruit (apples, peaches, pears, cherries, etc.), Vegetables, olives, poppy
seeds, tobacco etc.
The landscape of Croatia was essentially formed 180 million years ago
(Upper Jurassic) to about 55 million years ago (Eocene). These charming karst
formations were built from carbonates. The appearance is irregular and very
rugged. Istria is assigned to the northwestern part of the Adriatic carbonate
Dalmatia, on the other hand, consists of the upper folds, which were caused by
the continental collision of the northwest and southeast running hollows and
saddle structures in the so-called Dinaric phase 30 million years ago.
The predominant part of the soil type in Croatia is the so-called red earth
("terra Rossa"). This covers the Dolomites and limestones in large parts of the
country. Millions of fossil inclusions can be found in large areas.
The Dinaric Mountains (also known as the Dinaric Alps) is a south-east European
mountain system that connects to the Eastern Alps. It is a southeastern branch
of the Alps. It connects to the Julian Alps in northeast Italy and Slovenia and
runs over the Balkan Peninsula (Croatia in particular the region of Dalmatia,
Bosnia-Herzegovina and especially Montenegro) to the Drin in northern
Albania. Here it goes over to the northern Albanian Alps.
The highest point is the Jezercë in Albania with a height of 2,694 m.
The Dinaric Mountains are among the highest
and steepest in Europe. It consists largely of limestone and is characterized by
its strong karstification, which is particularly pronounced between Dalmatia and
Bosnia. The Dinaric Mountains, like the Central Alps, were created by the
collision of the African-Arabian and Eurasian plates in the Oligocene, which has
continued into the present day.
At the coasts and ports of the country, the mean tidal range is only around
0.2 to 0.4 m.
For detailed explanations of ebb and flow, see Tides, Ebb and Flow.
The world's highest tidal range can be found in the Bay of Fundy in
Canada, where it is up to 16 m, and at spring tide even over 20 m. The Bay of
Fundy is located on the Atlantic between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick
and Nova Scotia, which is called Nova Scotia in German and whose capital is
Halifax. On the German North Sea coast it varies between 1 m and 3 m. In the
western Baltic Sea, on the other hand, the tidal range is only 0.3 m, while it
is barely noticeable in the eastern Baltic Sea.
Longitude and latitude
Croatia extends over the following geographical latitude (abbreviation Δφ)
and geographical longitude (abbreviation Δλ):
|Δφ = from 42 ° 24 'to 46 ° 32' north latitude
Δλ = from 13 ° 31 'to 19 ° 23' east longitude
You can find detailed information on this subject under Longitude and
Time in the country
For Croatia, the following value applies to Central European Time (CET), i.e.
the time without summer time. A minus sign means that it is earlier there, a
plus sign that it is later than CET:
Further and detailed explanations of the time can be found under Time zones,
The highest point of the sun in Zagreb
Zagreb lies at a northern latitude of around φ = 46 °.
If the sun is at the tropic, i.e. at δ = 23.5 °, summer starts in Zagreb, June
21st. Then, for the highest position of the sun at noon, according to Eq. 1 (see
position of the sun):
46 ° = (90 ° - h) + 23.5 °
In Dalmatia, Biokovo (1,762 m) by the sea and Dinara (1,831 m) in the
hinterland are the highest mountains.
In the north on the Adriatic coast are the Ucka with a height of 1,396
m and the Velebit with 1,758 m.
Risnjak, Velika Kapela, Pljesivica
Furthermore, Risnjak 1,528 m, Velika Kapela 1,533 m and Pljesivica
1,657 m are to be mentioned as large mountains.
The east and northwest of Croatia are mostly flat.
The rivers of Croatia flow towards the Black Sea or towards the Adriatic Sea.
Mirna, Rasa, Zrmanja, Krka and Cetina
In the coastal area there are only smaller and shorter rivers. The
largest of them are called Mirna and Rasa in Istria and Zrmanja, Krka and Cetina
In the hinterland there is the longest river in the country, the Save
(Sava), with a total length of 945 km (562 km through Croatia). The Sava rises
in the Alps in Slovenia, then partially crosses Croatia through
Bosnia-Herzegovina and flows into the Danube in Belgrade (Serbia).
Another larger river in the hinterland is the Drau (Drava) with a total
length of 749 km (through Croatia 305 km) and last but not least the Danube
(Dunav) with a total length of around 2,860 km (188 km of which through
The country does not have many large lakes. The largest lake is the
Vransko Lake near Biograd with an area of about 30 km².
Plitvice Lakes, Crveno, Modro
Lake, Vransko Lake, Prokljansko Lake.
Other important lakes are the magnificent Plitvice Lakes, Crveno and Modro Lakes
near Imotski, Vransko Lake on the island of Cresu and Prokljansko Lake.
Lokvarsko, Bajersko Lake, Trakočansko
Lake, Perucko Lake
Well-known artificial lakes are the Lokvarsko and Bajersko Lake in Gorski Kotar,
the Trakočansko Lake in the Croatian Zagorje and the Perucko Lake on the Cetina
River in Dalmatia.
Kopačevsko Lake in Baranja in the northeast is a popular spot for many fish and
The country includes a total of 1,185 islands, of which only around 70 are
permanently inhabited: The largest islands are:
- Cres with an area of 405.7 km²
- Krk with an area of 405.22 km²
- Rab with an area of 91 km²
- Pag with an area of 284.18 km²
- Brač with an area of 395.44 km²
- Hvar with an area of 297.37 km²
- Korčula with an area of 271.46 km²
The islands in detail
The Brijuni archipelago consists of fourteen islands that
stretch for seven kilometers between Pula and Rovinj. There are paradisiacal
flora and fauna on the Brijuni Islands. There are also historical monuments
and modern hotels here. The islands are famous for the Stabala crnika, the
hundred year old olive groves.
The golden or green Krk is an island connected to the mainland by a
bridge. Nature is idyllic on Krk. The small islands of Plavnik, Kormat,
Galun, Prvić and Zec offer a very beautiful sight, as you will find nature
untouched by human hands. Plavnik also has an airport. The island towns of
Baška, Malinska, Omišalj, Njivice, Krk and Punat are almost completely
developed for tourism and are popular travel destinations. The latter has
the largest marina on the Croatian Adriatic coast.
- Cres and Losinj
The two islands were once connected until the Romans dug a canal and
separated them. The northern part of Cres extends far into the bay of Rijeka
and is exposed to the strong storms of the Bora (cold fall winds, especially
on the northeast coast of the Adriatic). This can sometimes make the peaks
white from snow and ice.
The southern part is protected from the bora, which is why there is a
pronounced Mediterranean climate there. The old core of the homonymous town of
Cres, which is the center of the island, can be reached through three gates.
Monuments bear witness to the long history. The family coats of arms above
the portals of the houses and the chiseled tools report on the status and
professions of the people: blacksmith or carpentry tools on the craftsmen's
houses and fish on the doors of the fishermen's huts.
The climate on Lošinj is very pleasant. Because the island is covered with
forest, it is both a recreational and health resort.
Of the 1,185 islands and reefs scattered along the Adriatic coast, which
consist of sharp stone and a handful of earth here and there, the island of
Susak is an exception, as it consists mostly of sand.
It gives the wine from Susak a special aroma.
The Kvarner island of Rab is one of the most forested islands and has around
300 water sources. In the middle of 1889, the then city council named the
town of Rab a seaside resort and health resort. The British King Edward VIII
is said to have been the first to bathe unclothed on the island when he
spent some time there with the American Wallis Simpson. This is how nudism
was supposedly founded on Rab.
Pag is the island of mythical olive groves. Sea salt is also extracted
here. Pag is known for its lace (Pag lace). They also praise their
delicacies: Pag cheese made from sheep's milk and olive oil. Part of Pag is
reminiscent of a lunar landscape with its peculiar relief.
- Olib, Silba, Ist, Premuda, Vir, Dugi Otok, Lovrada and Pašman
On the central Adriatic islands of Olib, Silba, Ist, Premuda, Vir, Dugi
Otok, Lovrada and Pašman, the visitor will only find untouched nature. Silba
is a place of ship owners, captains and fishermen. There are many old
captain's houses there. The sheltered harbors are known to boaters as a safe
haven. The island of Ugljan is a "suburb" and garden of the city of
Zadar. It got its name because of its richness in olive oil. There are more
than 100,000 olive trees on the island. The nearby island of Pašman is also
covered with silver-green olive groves. The island of Iž lies between Ugljan
and Dugi Otok. It has a lush Mediterranean flora and no car traffic. There
are fishermen and farmers, beautiful secluded beaches and tourist
facilities. On it is the Telašćica bay, the largest natural harbor of the
Adriatic islands and a nature park with a habitat for mouflons. The
forest-covered north-western coast has many wide bays and wonderful beaches
as well as a 41-meter-high lighthouse, in the mortar of which, in addition
to the pebbles from the nearby beach, about 100,000 egg yolks were mixed
during the construction in 1949.
- Kornatic Islands
According to legend, this maze of straits and islands was formed from a
handful of rocks that God had left over after he created the world. He threw
them into the sea, looked at his work, and concluded that there was nothing
that could be improved. The famous Georg Bernard Shaw said of this
archipelago of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean: "The gods wanted to crown
their work and on the last day created the Kornati out of tears, stars and
breath" It consists of 140 large and small islands and reefs. There are a
number of fishing settlements and houses on the islands that are temporarily
inhabited. Because of the abundance of fish, they are often the target of
sport fishermen. The Kornati are particularly attractive for boaters, which
is why the Žut and Piškera nautical centers were founded.
The islands has an area of only 18 square kilometers. It is connected to
the mainland by a twelve-meter-long drawbridge. It is the island of
fishermen, olive growers and shipbuilders in the settlements of Hramina,
Betina, Tisno and Jezera.
The island of Prvić, located near Vodice, is an oasis of Mediterranean flora
and fauna. The island of Zlarin is located southwest of Šibenik and has been
known for its corals and sponges since the 15th century, to which the local
museum is dedicated.
To the west of Zlarin is the island of Obonjan, known as the "Island of
Youth". Not far from there is the island of Kaprije, named after the
Mediterranean plant caper, the buds of which are used as spices. Due to the
many bays and beautiful beaches, it is visited by numerous yachts.
This island in the Šibenik archipelago has good fishing grounds. Krapanj is
the smallest and lowest but most densely populated island of the archipelago
with an area of only 0.36 square kilometers and a height of seven meters.
Opposite Split, a city of unusual harmony and extraordinary cultural and
historical values, with an airport and seaport, lies the island of Brač, the
highest and third largest island in the Adriatic. It is covered with thick
pine forests, vineyards and olive groves. The famous Brač white stone was
used for many important buildings around the world, such as the White House
in Washington. There are numerous bays, sandy and pebble beaches on the
richly indented coast of Brač. Bol is the largest tourist place in the
southern part of the island with beautiful beaches. Zlatni Rat Beach is the
only beach that changes shape every day. There are many bathing and vacation
spots on Brač, such as: Postire, Milna, Supetar.
South of Brač is Hvar, the longest island on the Adriatic. The island of
vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields. The island has a clear cobalt
blue sea, numerous springs and the highest annual number of hours of
sunshine. The stone houses along the two coasts of Stari Grad on the island
of Hvar, which are connected by several small bridges, form a harmonious
unit. In Vrboska there is a fishing museum unique on the Adriatic. Hvar is a
pleasant summer and winter health resort because of the mild winter climate
and the lush subtropical plants. The small, partly forested Pakleni otoci
with mainly nudist pebble and sandy beaches and a seabed favorable for
underwater fishing are particularly interesting. They are a well-known
meeting place for boaters.
Opposite Split lies the small island of Šolta with its sparse vegetation and
a steep and richly indented coast. The main port of Maslinica is an
anchorage for smaller ships.
Vis is known for the fishermen and sailors. It has a beautiful nature and a
diverse tourist offer.
The island of Biševo has an area of around six square kilometers. There
are many caves along the steep coast, of which the "Blue Grotto" (Modra
špilja) is the most interesting. It has an entrance above and below the
sea. When the water is still, the light refracts so that the objects and
people in the cave are bathed in blue color and those in the water shimmer
- Svetac, Jabuka, Brusnik and the Palagruža archipelago.
The Vis archipelago also includes the islands of Svetac (Sveti Andrija),
Jabuka, Brusnik and the Palagruža archipelago. Although "officially" a
peninsula, Pelješac as an island is separated from Korcula by a narrow
channel. The picturesque towns of Ston and Mali Ston are the most important
fortified places of the Dubrovnik Republic after Dubrovnik. The oysters from
Mali Ston Bay and the renowned Postup and Dingac wines are well known.
It is said that Korčula is the island with the most legends and monuments
and, along with Lokrum and Mljet, the most densely wooded Croatian
island. At the end of the 13th century, a naval battle between Venice and
Genoa was fought near Korčula, in which Marco Polo had also participated on
the Venetian side. Marco Polo is believed to have been born on the island of
Korčula. In the towns of Korčula, Lumbarda and Vela Luka, the knight game
"Moreska" was invented at the end of the 15th century. Famous stonemasons,
sailors and shipbuilders also come from the island.
Far out at sea is the island of Lastovo with an area of 50 square
kilometers, an indented coastline with pebble and sandy beaches and a few
small offshore islands. The houses on Lastovo were built one on top of the
other in stages, because every resident had a right to his or her part of
the sun, air and view.
Parallel to the island of Pelješac lies the forest-covered island of Mljet
with an area of 100 square kilometers. Because of the old, dense forests
of Alpine pines and pines, the karst caves, the two picturesque lakes
connected to the sea, the numerous sandy and pebble beaches and the rich
fish and lobster grounds, the western part of the island was declared a
Croatia is located on the Adriatic Sea, which is part of the Mediterranean Sea.