Population (2006) : 4 443 000
Area : 56 594 km²
Previously one of Yugoslavia’s six constituent Republics, present-day Croatia became an independent state in 1991.
The Zagorje region, north of the capital Zagreb, is a land of rolling hills, while the fertile agricultural region of the Pannonia Plain is bordered by the Drava, Danube and Sava rivers in the east. Over one-third of Croatia is forested. Croatia has an economy based mainly on light industry and services, while tourism is a notable source of income.