50 Fascinating Facts About Croatia

Croatia is famous for its bloody wars (hello, Game of Thrones!) and medieval architecture. Still, this gorgeous seaside paradise & up-and-coming European destination also has some intriguing (and perhaps weird) characteristics. Here are fascinating facts about Croatia, Europe's most beautiful island!

Fascinating Facts

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Croatia is home to the world's tiniest town, according to the Guinness Book of Records. "Hum" is a town with a population only of 17 people!
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All Game of Thrones enthusiasts, unite! You're undoubtedly aware that the wildly successful HBO series being filmed on the Croatian coast in Split & Dubrovnik.
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Croatia has eight national parks, eleven natural parks, and two nature reserves, which cover at least 10% of the country's area.
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History and culture are abundant! Croatia has the most significant number of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage items of any European country — 14 in total. Among the culturally preserved traditions are lacemaking and wooden toy carving and various festivals, music rituals, and delectable cuisine.
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Croatia's money has the name of a rodent. That is correct. Croatian currency is known as the kuna, which is also the name of a little fuzzy ferret-like (and surprisingly cute) animal.
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Speaking of animals, it is believed that dalmatians (all 101 of them, ha!) originated in Croatia. Dalmatia is the name given to the shoreline area, as well as the region has indeed been known as "Dalmatia" since Imperial Roman times. The dog's roots are pervasive. Indeed, images of the breed date back to the 17th century.
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If a flat map of the world were spread out, the town of Ludbreg in Croatia would indeed be smack dab in the center.
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While Zagreb is currently the capital of Croatia, Nin on the Dalmatian coast or Varazdin in the north have both served as capitals at various points in history.
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The oldest continuously inhabited town in Europe is Vinkovci in eastern Croatia. For the last 8,000 years, the city has been inhabited.
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The Diocletian Palace in Split is home to an authentic Egyptian sphinx, which Emperor Diocletian imported from Egypt to decorate the entrance to his tomb.
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Croatia, together with Spain, has the most UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
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Rice chocolate was initially created in 1963 in Croatia at the Zveevo plant in Poega, western Slavonia.
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Zadar is home to the world's first pipe organ performed by the sea, as well as a sunset described by Alfred Hitchcock as the most beautiful place in the world.
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The Roman amphitheater in Pula is the sixth biggest in the world but the only one that retains all three rows.
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The last Mediterranean seal is found in the Croatian seas.
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78% of Croatians claim to be able to communicate in at least one foreign language.
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Hum in Istria is the world's smallest town, with a population of approximately 20.
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In Croatia, the world's most oversized necktie, stretching 808 meters, was shown. It was completed in five days and was wrapped around the Pula Arena in 2003.
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With 342,000 tickets sold, the 1996 picture "Kako je poeo rat na mom otoku" (How the War Began on My Island) is the most-watched Croatian film of all time in cinemas.
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The hottest temperature ever recorded in Croatia reached 42.8°C on 4 August 1981 at the village of Pole.
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UNESCO has designated Dalmatian Klapa singing as a world heritage site.
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Slavoljub Penkala, a Croatian, invented the mechanical pencil.
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The island of Cres is the habitat of the last griffon vulture population.
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Ivan Vueti, a Croatian, pioneered use of fingerprinting. He was raised on the Croatian island of Hvar and later relocated to Argentina.
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Luka is the most common boy's name in Croatia, while Mia is the most popular girl's name.
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Horvat is the most frequent surname in Croatia, accounting for over 22,000 individuals.
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Croatian men rank seventh in the world in terms of height.
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Croatia is home to around 15 distinct species of snakes, although only three of them are poisonous — the Common Adder, the Karst Meadow Viper, and the Nose-horned Viper (Poskok).
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The world's longest strudel was cooked in Jakovo, Croatia. It measured 1,479.38 meters in length.
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Is none of this awe-inspiring you? How about the "most gorgeous sunset in the world?" (At least according to Alfred Hitchcock.) In 1964, Hitchcock shot a sunset in Zadar, making it renowned worldwide.
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Is none of this awe-inspiring you? How about the "most gorgeous sunset in the world?" (At least according to Alfred Hitchcock.) In 1964, Hitchcock shot a sunset in Zadar, making it renowned worldwide.
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Croatia has around 1,200 islands, islets, or crags off its mainland coast. Only 48, however, are occupied. Hvar and Korcula attract the greatest number of visitors to any island.
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Krk is Croatia's most oversized island, covering an area of 405.78 square meters.
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Croatia is home to Galenjak, a heart-shaped island also known as the Island of Love or Lover's Island.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia, has one of Europe's first medieval sewage systems.
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Croatia is home to the world's tiniest town. The town of "Hum" is so tiny that it has a population of only 17 to 23 residents.
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Vinkovci, located in eastern Croatia, is one of Europe's oldest cities. It has been inhabited continuously for over 8,000 years!
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The form and color of Zlatni rat beach vary in response to the wind. This beach is located on the island of Brac, in the town of Bol. It is referred to as the Golden Horn.
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Dubrovnik served as the primary filming site for King's Landing in HBO's hit series Game of Thrones. The split was also employed as a filming location.
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Zagreb, Croatia's capital, was formerly called Agram.
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Zagreb, Croatia's capital, was formerly called Agram.
Observation 19. From 1715, the Croatian town of Sinj has hosted a knight tournament known as Sinjska Alka on the first weekend in August. During the chivalric game, knights ride their horses along the main street, throwing their lances at an iron ring.
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The 108-meter-tall Zagreb Cathedral on Kaptol is Croatia's tallest structure.
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Croatia is renowned for its delectable food, which includes regional delicacies such as Peka or Pag Cheese.
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Two Croatians are named on the Moon's cartography. J.R. Boskovik & A.Mohorovicic are scientists.
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Nikola Tesla was born in the Lika area of northern Adriatica.
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Slavoljub Penkala, a Croatian inventor, created the first mechanical pencil. The pen is derived from his surname.
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While Mamma Mia 2 is set in the Greek Isles, it was recorded on the Croatian island of Vis.
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Croatia's primary exports include textiles, transportation equipment, foodstuffs, chemicals, & fuels.
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Giancarlo Zigante, with his dog Diana discovered one of the world's most giant truffles, weighing 1.31 kg. Guinness World Records recognized the truffle.
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Croatia has approximately 300 wine districts, each with its stringent quality control system.

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