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Croatia

Republic of Croatia
Republika Hrvatska

Political Status: Former constituent republic of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia; constitution proclaiming Croatian sovereignty promulgated December 21, 1990; independence declared June 25, 1991; dissociation from Yugoslavia approved by the Croatian Assembly effective October 8, 1991.

Area: 21, 829 sq. mi. (56, 538 sq. km.).

Population: 4, 437, 460 (2001C); 4, 432, 000 (2010E).

Major Urban Centers (2005E): ZAGREB (687, 000), Split (185, 000), Rijeka (134, 000).

Official Language: Croatian.

Monetary Unit: Kuna (market rate November 1, 2010: 5.29 kune = $1US).

President: Ivo JOSIPOVIĆ (Social Democratic Party of Croatia); elected in runoff balloting on January 10, 2010, and inaugurated on February 18 for a five-year term to succeed Stjepan MESIĆ (Croatian National Party).

Prime Minister: Jadranka KOSOR (Croatian Democratic Union); appointed by the president on July 3, ...

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