CROATIA

General Information

Official Name: Republic of Croatia
Area: 56.538 km2
Population: 4.500.000 inhabitants
Capital: Zagreb (706.700 inhab.)
Head of State: Stjepan Mesi
Prime Minister: Ivo Sanader
Religion: Roman Catholic 75%; Eastern Orthodox 11%; Muslim 12%; other 2%
Language: Croatian (official).
Density: 86.3 inhabitants per Km2
Literacy: 97%
GDP: 20.300 millions US$ (2001)
Exports: 4.527 millions US$ (2001)
Imports: 8.417millons US$ (2001)

Geopolitical Situation

Croatia is made up of two main regions: a long, narrow strip of land that stretches from the Istria Peninsula along the Dalmatian coastline to the Dubrovnik territory, interrupted only by a part of Bosnia Herzegovina, and the inland toward the North East where the capital city lies. To the north of the Sava River lies a mountainous region, the continuations of the Dinaric Alps, where the Kapela, Pljesivica, Dinarca and Velebit mountains are found along the coastline, among them Mt. Biokovo (1.762 m.), the country’s highest peak. Along the Adriatic coastline there are numerous islets. In the north, the Slavonic plains provide for optimum agricultural conditions and intense cattle rising, while industry is centered mainly in Zagreb and other cities such as Osijek, Rijeka and Split.

Bilateral Relations

Venezuela acknowledged the Republic of Croatia through an Official Communiqué issued on May 5, 1992.

On February 8th, 1993, Diplomatic Relations were established between Venezuela and Croatia and the latter was assigned the concurrence to our Representation in Vienna. The Croatian Government opened the Honorable Consulate in Caracas in 1996.

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