55 Fun Facts About Croatia

Croatia is a country in Central Europe, in the Adriatic Sea, on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea.  It borders Italy to the north, Slovenia to the east, Hungary to the southeast, Serbia to the south and Montenegro to the southwest. As the crow flies, Croatia is only about 50 kilometers from the Mediterranean. But from the Mediterranean, it’s more like 5,000 kilometers. That’s because Croatia is on the other side of the Adriatic from Italy and, as you might expect, it’s about 5,000 kilometers from the nearest coastline. Croatia is very mountainous with a vast, rugged coastline. The country has so much coastline because it is on the eastern edge of the Adri

Croatia is a beautiful country that offers both history and natural beauty. Its diverse landscape has made it the perfect spot for a wide range of outdoor activities. Croatia is also a great place to visit with your family or your friends, who will enjoy the scenery and the local culture. Here are 55 fun facts about Croatia that everyone should know.

The biggest country in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is also the smallest country in Southeast Europe, with a total area of only 357,594 square kilometers, and depending on which peninsula you land on, it may seem like the size of a small town. Though it has a population of only 4.4 million, the country is home to an array of stunning landscapes, and its capital, Zagreb, is a lively and culturally diverse city, with a large number of historical attractions to explore. Not only is this city a hot spot for culture buffs, but it’s also a great place to see nature in full bloom.. Read more about 25 interesting facts about croatia and let us know what you think.

Croatia has a plethora of fascinating small entertaining facts. Here are only 55 of them, some of which you may recognize and others which you will almost certainly not.

1. If you laid a globe map flat, the town of Ludbreg in Croatia would be right in the middle.

2. Although Zagreb is the current capital of Croatia, it was formerly the capitals of Knin on the Dalmatian coast and Varazdin in the north.

3. Vinkovci, in eastern Croatia, is Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited city. For the last 8,000 years, the city has been inhabited.

4. The Egyptian sphinx at Split’s Diocletian Palace was brought in from Egypt by Emperor Diocletian to embellish the entrance to his tomb.



5. The Dalmatian dog breed has its origins in Croatia and the Dalmatia area.

6. Croatia, together with Spain, has the most UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of any European nation.

7. Women on the island of Susak wear the world’s shortest traditional costumes.

8. Rice chocolate was first created in Croatia in 1963 at the Zveevo plant in Poega, in western Slavonia.

9. Zadar is home to the world’s first pipe organ, which is performed by the sea, as well as the world’s most beautiful sunset, according to Alfred Hitchcock.


10. After the Great Wall of China, the Walls of Ston are the world’s longest surviving fortification system.

11. In 925, Tomislav became the first King of Croatia, elevating Croatia to the status of a kingdom.


12. Nikola Tesla was born in the Croatian town of Smiljan.

13.Dubrovnik was one of the first medieval European cities to establish a sewage system.

14. In the early nineteenth century, Dubrovnik was renowned as the “Adriatic Pearl” (due to English poet Lord Byron), and not only as the “Game of Thrones” King’s Landing and a Star Wars shooting site.

15. Croatians had their own alphabet, which they used. Only Croats retained the Glagolitic alphabet, which was used mostly in liturgy from the 12th through the 20th centuries.


16. The Roman amphitheater at Pula is the world’s sixth biggest and the only one with all three rows intact.

17. The final Mediterranean seal specimen dwells in Croatian seas.

18. At least one foreign language is spoken by 18.78 percent of Croatians.

19. Hum, in Istria, is the world’s smallest town, with a population of about 20 people.

20. With a height of 108 meters, the Zagreb Cathedral is Croatia’s highest structure.

21. In Rijeka, the world’s first torpedo was built. In 1866, Ivan Luppis (Ivan Vuki) created the first self-propelled torpedo prototypes.

22. The Iris is Croatia’s national flower.

23. In the Hollywood film “Mamma Mia 2,” the island of Vis represents Greece.


24. Croatia is the 127th-largest nation in the world in terms of land area.

25. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Croatia earned the most gold medals (per capita) in Europe.

26. The Dinara peak, at 1,831 meters, is Croatia’s highest mountain.


27. 11 Nature Parks, 8 National Parks, and 2 Nature Reserves protect 27.10 percent of Croatia.


28. In Krapina, central Croatia, the world’s richest collection of Neanderthal bones was found.

29. Hvar, off the Dalmatian coast, with more than 2,800 hours of sunlight each year, making it Europe’s sunniest island.

30. Twelfth Night, a comedy by Shakespeare, is set in Dalmatia.

31. San Marino was established by Marin, a sculptor from the island of Rab.

32. Outside of Croatia, there are almost as many Croatians as there are in Croatia (4.2 million).

33. Anthony ‘Tony’ Maglica, a Croatian, developed the Maglite flashlight.

34. There are approximately 1,200 islands, isles, and inlets in Croatia.

35. Krk Island, located in the northwestern Adriatic Sea, is Croatia’s biggest island, spanning 409 square kilometers (38 kilometers in length and up to 20 kilometers in breadth). In addition, it is the most populous.

36. Only 13 people live on the island of Bievo.

37. When the winds are strong enough, the famous Zlatni rat beach changes form.



38. Ivo Karlovi, No. 1 in the world, and Goran Ivanievi, No. 2 in the world, are the top two ace servers in tennis history.

39. Croatia has 41,188 winemakers and vineyards spread over 20,885 hectares of land.

40. Croatia is rated fourth in the world for per capita alcohol consumption. Croatians like a good drop.


41. The necktie originated in Croatia.

42. The world’s largest necktie, stretching 808 meters, was exhibited in Croatia. In 2003, it took five days to finish and was wrapped around the Pula Arena.

43. With 342,000 tickets sold, the 1996 Croatian film “Kako je poeo rat na mom otoku” (How the War Started on My Island) is the most-watched Croatian film of all time in the theater.

44. On August 4, 1981, the hottest temperature ever recorded in Croatia was 42.8°C in the village of Ploe.

45. UNESCO has designated Dalmatian Klapa singing as a protected cultural heritage.

46. Slavoljub Penkala, a Croatian, invented the mechanical pencil in 1946.

47. Agram was the old name for Zagreb, Croatia’s capital.



48. The island of Cres is home to the world’s last griffon vulture population.

49. Ivan Vueti, a Croatian, was the first to utilize fingerprinting. Before moving to Argentina, he was born on the Croatian island of Hvar.

50. Oscar winners Fiddler on the Roof, Sophie’s Choice, and Dr. Who, as well as Game of Thrones and Star Wars, were all shot in Croatia.


51. Ivan Vueti from was the first to utilize fingerprinting.

52. Luka is the most common boy’s name in Croatia, whereas Mia is the most popular female name at the moment.

53. Horvat is Croatia’s most common surname, with over 22,000 people bearing the name.

54. Croatian males rank 7th in the world in terms of height.

54. Croatia has approximately 15 distinct snake species, although only three of them are venomous: the Common Adder, Karst Meadow Viper, and Nose-horned Viper (Poskok).

55. In Jakovo, Croatia, the world’s longest strudel was made. It measured 1,479.38 meters in length.

This country is famous for its stunning natural beauty, laid-back lifestyle and friendly folks. It is also home to a few interesting facts you may not know about.. Read more about things you didn t know about croatia and let us know what you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are fun facts about Croatia?

Croatia is the most visited tourist destination in Europe, and it has a very rich history. It was one of the first countries to adopt Christianity, and it is known for its beautiful beaches.

What is Croatia famous for?

Croatia is famous for its beautiful beaches, islands, and mountains.

What is Croatias nickname?

Croatia is also known as the Republic of Croatia and Hrvatska.