There are some fun and interesting facts about Croatia, its people, culture, geography and history. Check them out…Successful in sports
- Croatian alpine skiers Janica and Ivica Kostelic won all together 10 medals on Winter Olympic games – which made them the most successful family in Winter Olympic history.
- Goran Ivanisevic - famous tennis player - won Wimbledon in 2001.
- Croatian National Football team with Davor Suker - won a third place on Football World Cup 1998 in France.
- Croatian National Handball team took the gold medal in 2003 World Handball Championship held in Portugal.
- Nikola Tesla, genious whose inventions (light, X-rays, radio, remote control, electric motor, laser, wireless energy…) changed the world, was born in Croatia in the village Smiljan. Every year in his honor Association of Nikola Tesla in Croatia celebrates his birthday at the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel.
- Ivan Vucetic, inventor of dactyloscopy (identification throughout fingerprints) was born on the island of Hvar.
- Croat by the name of Eduard Penkala registered his patent for the propelling pencil (a penkala) and the fountain pen for the first time in 1906.
- The cravat comes from Croatia! Initially part of the uniform of Croatian soldiers it was adopted by the French in the 17th century. The world "cravat" derives from the word "Croat".
- The parachute was invented and first trailed in the 17th century by the Croatian Faust Vrancic, who was also the designer of the first wind turbine.
Country, Culture and History
- Dalmatian breed of dog originates from Dalmatia.
- Agatha Christie spent her honeymoon in Dubrovnik.
- The Washington White House was built using stones from Croatia’s island Brac.
- The most preserved Roman amphitheater is located in Pula, which is the only one in the world with all three rows completely preserved.
- The smallest town in the world according to Guiness World records is Hum in the central part of Istria - it has only 23 inhabitants.
- Griffon vulture is to be found in very few places in Europe, and one of those places is the island of Cres.
- Red coral (Corallium rubum), highly valued for its beautiful colouring, groves in the Croatian Adriatic.