General information

Host Country Croatia

Croatia is located in Central and Southeast Europe, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. It borders Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro to the southeast, and Slovenia to the northwest. It lies mostly between latitudes 42° and 47° N and longitudes 13° and 20° E.

The territory covers 56.594 square kilometres and it is the 127th largest country in the world. Elevation ranges from the mountains of the Dinaric Alps with the highest point of the Dinara peak at 1.831 metres near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina in the south to the shore of the Adriatic Sea which makes up its entire southwest border. Insular Croatia consists of over a thousand islands and islets varying in size, 48 of which are permanently inhabited. The largest islands are Cres and Krk, each of them having an area of around 405 square kilometres.

Northern Croatia has a temperate continental climate whereas the central and upland regions have a mountainous climate. The entire Adriatic coast has a pleasant Mediterranean climate. Spring and autumn are mild along the coast, lies while winter is cold and snowy in central and northern regions. The average temperature inland in January ranges from -10° to 5°C and in August, from 19° to 39°C . The average temperature at the seaside is higher: in January, from 6°C to 11°C and in August from 21°C to 39°C.

Form of Government Parliamentarydemocracy
LocationSouth-east Europe
Area56.542 km2
Population4.124.531 (from 2017.)
CoastlineAdriatic coastline (1777 km)
ClimateContinental and Mediterranean
LanguageCroatian
ReligionMostly Roman Catholic
CapitalZagreb
Local TimeCET, UTC+1
Electricity220V, 50Hz (European plug)
DrivingOn the right
International Calls+ or 00 plus country code
Telephone Country Code+385
Mobile Phone NetworksT-mobile, A1, Tele2
CurrencyKuna (HRK) (1 EUR = 7,4 HRK approx..)

Host city Varaždin

Varaždin is a town with 50.000 inhabitants, located in the north part of Croatia, along the Drava river and the historical, cultural, educational, economic, sports and tourist center of Varaždin County, which is the oldest Croatian county and has about 180 thousand inhabitants.

Today, in the 21st century, Varaždin is also an important educational center where more than 10.000 students attend a secondary school, and at the Faculty of organization and informatics, Geotechnical faculty and University of North, more than 7.000 young people are studying daily. All this makes Varaždin a youth town, and sports activities are particularly developed. With top quality clubs in football, handball and other sports, the members of the athletic club Sloboda are also extremely successful and are regularly represented by high quality athletes at all categories of the Croatian athletic team.

Business Hours Shops, Government Offices, Banks

Most shops are generally open Monday to Friday from 8:00h to 20:00h, and on Saturday from 8:00h to 13.00h. Shoping Centers ar open in Saturdays from 9:00 to 21:00h. Goods purchased can be paid for in cash (with Croatian Kunas) or with credit cards. All major credit cards, such as Eurocard, American Express, Visa and Diners, are generally accepted. Banking hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00h to 19:00h and from 8:00h to 13:00h on Saturday. On Sunday all banks are closed.

Useful expressions
Hello, hiBok, zdravo
Good ByeZbogom
Thank youHvala
How are you?Kako si?
Good morningDobro jutro
Good afternoonDobar dan
Good eveningDobra večer
Good night Laku noć
WaterVoda
How much does it cost?Koliko košta?
Where is …?Gdje je …?
BagTorba
Toilette, WCToalet, WC
ShowerTuš
Breakfast/Lunch/DinnerDoručak/Ručak/Večera