Croatia is located in southeastern Europe between Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croatia's coastline on the Adriatic Sea made fishing a traditional industry, but the fishing industry shrunk greatly as a result of wars and overfishing.
Population: 4.3 million
Ethnic Groups: Croat (90.4%), Serb (4.4%), Other (4.4%), Unspecified (0.8%)
Languages: Croatian (Official) (95.6%), Serbian (1.2%), Others (3%), Unspecified (0.2%)
Religions: Roman Catholic (86.3%), Orthodox (4.4%), Muslim (1.5%), Other (1.5%), Unspecified (2.5%), None (3.8%)
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated June 27, 2017
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In the GTA: 37,460
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From an economic standpoint, Croatia continues its slow recovery from the effects of Communism. Privatization has helped, but unemployment is still high and wages are still low. Nevertheless, Croatians enjoy a high standard of living compared to most countries around the world. The Catholic Church is very influential in Croatia and enjoys preferential treatment from the government. The Roman Catholic Church in Croatia receives financial support from the state. Despite the dominance of Catholicism, Croatia is officially a secular state with freedom of religion.