Croatia

The city of Zagreb is the capital of which country?

And the answer: Croatia.    

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Previously a part of Yugoslavia, Croatia declared independence in 1991. With a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea and rich biodiversity, Croatia has become a popular tourist destination. Neighboring countries include Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Located on the western part of the Balkan peninsula in southern Europe, Croatia is a country laden with islands, coastline, and national heritage. Out of over a thousand picturesque islands, though, less than a hundred are inhabited. In fact, in terms of population, there are nearly as many Croatians living outside of the country as there are residents – with a current population of over 4 million people.

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Croatia is very well known for its delicious cuisine, including specialties like Peka and Pag Cheese. In recent years, appreciation for such cultural facets has experienced a spike, as tourism has grown following the fall of Yugoslavia and the ensuing civil war. Nowadays, visitors flock to the Dalmatian coast and city of Dubrovnik (fun fact: the filming of the HBO series Game of Thrones took place at one Dubrovnik castle!).

Croatia has a long-standing cultural history, so much so that the oldest inhabited city in Europe can be found in Croatia: the city of Vinkovci. People have lived there for the past 8,000 years.

Learn more about this beautiful nation and its cultural heritage below.


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