Croatia was formerly part of Yugoslavia before gaining its independence in 1991. It is the newest member of the EU, joining in 2013.
Vinkovci in eastern Croatia is the oldest continuously inhabited place in Europe, having been for 8,000 years.
Tourism is the country’s biggest earner, concentrated around the Adriatic Sea coast.
Croatia’s population is 4.2 million.
Reflecting its location at the crossroads of east and west, Croatia’s typical foods range from Italian and Mediterranean dishes to Hungarian, Turkish and Austrian culinary styles.
Until the late 18th century, the country was predominantly wine-drinking, but is now a fairly high consumer of beer.