Croatia is a democratic parliamentary republic in Central Europe and was once a part of Yugoslavia. Its capital and largest city is Zagreb.
Croatia covers 56,594 square and mostly continental and Mediterranean climates. Croatia's Adriatic Sea coast contains more than a thousand islands.
The country's population is 4.28 million with the most common religious denomination being Roman Catholicism.
Tourism, with more than 10 million tourists each year, is a significant source of revenue during the summer and accounts for up to 20% of Croatian GDP. Croatia ranked the 18th most popular tourist destination in the world.
The most famous protected area and the oldest national park in Croatia is the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dubrovnik, also known as Ragusa, is one of the most prominent tourist destinations on the Adriatic seaport and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Other famous cities on the Adriatic shores in Croatia are Split (2nd largest), Rijeka, the principal seaport and the third largest city, Pula (famous for the well preserved Roman Arena)in the peninsula of Istria, Zadar and Sibenik.
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