The country started as two different regions; the Duchy of Croatia and the Duchy of Pannonian Croatia, which later joined to form Kingdom of Croatia that lasted until 1918.
Yugoslavia took over the rule from 1918 to 1991, when the country gained its independence.
It officially joined NATO in 2009.
The Croatian inhabitation has existed for 14 centuries but there are remains of earlier ages preserved in the country.
The major crops grown in the country include maize, wheat, barley, oats, rye, forage crops and sugar beets.
The most common dishes in include black risotto, boskarin, brodetto, buzara, fritule and Istrian ham.
The most common wildlife animals include brown bear, wolf, lynx, olm and great bittern.
Annual events/ celebrations/ festivals
The Croatian festivals include Ultra Europe, Outlook Origins Festival, Sonus Festival, Fresh Island Festival and Hideout Festival.
Things to see
There is the Plitvice lakes national park, which is a forest reserve in central Croatia with terraced lakes and waterfalls that jointly extend into a limestone canyon.
Hvar town is a Croatian island with beautiful beaches and is mainly visited during summer; it also has a hilltop fort.
The Dubrovnik old town walls and Diocletian’s palace split is also a majorly visited region.
The biggest truffle in the world is found here.
It also harbours the highest numbers of UNESCO intangible goods in Europe.
It has the most and richest collection of Neanderthal.
It is where the necktie was invented.
The official language is Croatian and the predominant religion is Roman Catholicism.
It is bordered on the northwest by Slovenia, on the northeast by Hungary, on the east by Serbia and the southeast by Bosnia, Herzegovina and Montenegro. It also shares a marine border with Italy.