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General


Population: 4,470,534 (2014), 4,475,611 (2013)
Land Area: 56,542 sq km
Natural Resources: Oil, coal, bauxite, iron ore, calcium, gypsum, natural asphalt, silica, mica, clays, salt, hydro power
Capital: Zagreb
Political System: Parliamentary Democracy
State Leader: Ivo Josipovic (February 18th 2010)
Head of Government: Zoran Milanovic (December 23rd 2011)
Languages: Croatian
Currency: Kuna (HRK)
Major Religions: Roman Catholic 87.8%, Orthodox 4.4%, Muslim 1.3%, Other 1.3%, None 5.2%
Major Ethnicities: Croat 89.6%, Serb 4.5%, Other 5.9%
Life Expectancy: 76.41 years (2014), 76.2 years (2013)

Economy


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 59.14 billion (2013), 57.49 billion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 78.9 billion (2013). 79.14 billion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 17,800 (2013), 18,100 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: -1% (2013), -1.8% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 5%, Industry 25.8%, Services 69.2% (2013)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 2.1%, Industry 29%, Services 69% (2012)
Industries: Chemicals and plastics, machine tools, fabricated metals, electronics, pig iron and rolled steel products, aluminum, paper, wood products, construction materials, textiles, shipbuilding, petroleum and petroleum refining, food and beverages, tourism
Agriculture Products: Wheat, corn, sugar beets, sunflower seed, barley, alfalfa, clover, olives, citrus, grapes, soybeans, potatoes; livestock, dairy products
Human Development Index: 0.812 (47th)(2014), 0.805 (47th)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 7.191 billion (2004)
Unemployment Rate: 21.6% (2013)

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Army Size: 20 800 (2004)
Budget: 2.39% of GDP (2005)

Current Situation

 

Croatia is located in central Europe, Croatia is bordered by Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. Croatia is a candidate for membership in the European Union and NATO. Croatia's economy has a well developed industry and tourism sector, although it's debt is growing. Croatia is set for very modest growth this year and the new government will have to find more creative ways to drive growth and lower unemployment.

(2013) Croatia is currently in a state of recession, the government has taken steps to lower the budget deficit and increase privatization of state industries.

(2014) Crotia's economy is set to return to growth in 2014. Croatia continues to implement important reforms as part of it's membership conditions with the European Union.

Thoughts & Comments

 

Sources

CIA World Factbook: Croatia
The Economist: The World In 2014
Wikipedia: Croatia
http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/HRV.html

Updated on: August 16th, 2014