Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

All You Need to Know about CROATIA

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

All You Need to Know about CROATIA

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AFTER years of war and authoritarian rule, present-day Croatia has experienced a reversal of fortunes that has resulted in the nation becoming increasingly popular with British tourists.

England's opponent in the World Cup semi-final tomorrow was once part of communist Yugoslavia but is now a member of the EU and Nato.

The nation suffered four years of war after declaring independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, with fighting between Serbs and Croats and its involvement in the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Croatia is now a democratic parliamentary republic which elected its first woman president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, in January 2015.

The Foreign Office estimated around 765,000 Britons visited Croatia last year.

According to the US Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook, tourism accounts for nearly 20pc of the Balkan nation's economy. …

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