Croatiais a small country. To be exact, it’s the 127th country in the world in size.
Don’t let this fact fool you - it has so many stories to tell about its rich history and culture, but also so many interesting facts.
You’ll be surprised when you see how many things that you use every day come from Croatia and how many places you need to visit that are probably not on your list… yet.
This is why we’ve listed interesting facts about Croatia.
For the beginning, let’s start with some facts about its size and population and then let’s get to the fun part!
When someone says Croatia, your first thought should be ‘’summer vibes’’.
That’s because Croatian islands and the coast, with traditional food, amazing views and natural wonders, are perfect destinations for everyone’s vacation.
- Croatia’s population is around4.2 million, withZagrebas the capital city and HRK (Hrvatska Kuna; Kn) as currency. 91% of the population are Christians.
- Croatia is a member of Nato, as well as of the European union.
- The highest mountain isDinara, with an 1831-metres-high peak. The largest lake is Lake Vrana.
A little less known facts about Croatia and Croatians
- Even though you know there are a lot of islands in Croatia, you might not know that there arearound 1244 of them!
- Some of the most popular islands areBrač, Hvar, Korčula, Vis, Krk and Cres, but that’s only the beginning. Once you start exploring, you’ll never reach the end because there is always at least one more island to visit.
- On Veli Brijun island, there are more than 2000dinosaurs’ footprints!
- This island is a part ofNational Park Brijuniwhere you can find exotic animal species such as zebras, peacocks, ostriches and South American camels.
- And speaking of animals, Croatia is home to a popular dog breed - Dalmatians.
- One of the most popular Croatian cities isDubrovnik. Described as the pearl of the Adriatic, it has a history that’s been shaped for centuries. Oh, and your favourite show,Game of Thrones, was also filmed here.
The things you can thank Croats for
- They invented thenecktie. So, next time you take a look in the mirror when you’re wearing a suit, think about Croatia.
- Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia, in a small village called Smiljan. And we all know what Tesla did for the human race.
- Ivan Lupic Vukic constructed the world’s firsttorpedo.
- The richest collection of remains of the Neanderthal community is in Croatia. So, next time you want to explore evolution, feel free to do it in this country.
- Slavoljub Penkalainvented that pen you’re writing with every day. He did it in 1906, and the name speaks for itself.
- Eight national parks, such as Brijuni andPlitvice, two nature reserves and eleven nature parks cover around10% of Croatia. Nature lovers, this one's for you!
- Zadar, a small town in the Croatian region called Dalmatia, has themost beautiful sunset in the world. The best place to enjoy the sunset is in the Old Town, on the world’s first sea organs!
- The smallest town in the world, Hum, is located in a region called Istria.
- One of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres is in Pula, one of the most popular Istrian towns. In the past, Roman Gladiators used to fight right here!
Croatian world records
Even though it’s very small, Croatia obviously has some talented people, especially in the areas below. These are world records that are held by Croatia:
- the Largest box of Popcorn
- the Largest cup of cappuccino
- Most pull-ups in a minute
- Fastest time to push a car one mile
- Longest distance moonwalk in an hour
Impressive, right? Yes, Croatians love to drink a lot of coffee, they love to dance and, above all, they are very athletic.
Sport facts about Croatia
Do you remember three years ago, in 2018, when you were watching the World Cup and all of a sudden everyone started talking about the little country with players in red-and-white-diced jerseys that made it to the finals?
Yes, that was Croatia!
- In addition to football, the most popular sports in Croatia are handball, basketball and water polo. And as said earlier, they’re quite successful in every one of these.
- They won theOlympic silver medal in basketball in 1992;
- Olympic gold medalin handball in 1996 and 2004;
- Gold medalin World water polo championship in 2007 and 2017 and Olympic gold medal in 2012.
And this is only a small part of their achievements!
We’ve saved the best for last!
- If you came to Croatia looking for parties and you simply want to have fun, there’s no better place for you to be in. Croatians are the 4th heaviest alcohol consumersin the world!
- Don’t try to learn the language. There aremany different dialects, so different that people from two different parts of Croatia barely understand each other.