Croatia is bound by Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro to the southeast and the Adriatic Sea to the west and southwest. The economy emerged from a mild recession in 2000 with tourism, banking, and public investments leading the way.

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People: Croat 89.6%, Serb 4.5%, other 5.9% (including Bosniak, Hungarian, Slovene, Czech, and Roma)
Language: Croatian 96.1%, Serbian 1%, other and undesignated 2.9% (including Italian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, and German)
Religion: Roman Catholic 87.8%, Orthodox 4.4%, other Christian 0.4%, Muslim 1.3%, other and unspecified 0.9%, none 5.2%
Government: Presidential/Parliamentary Democracy
GDP: $53.29 billion
Major Industries:Agriculture, Aluminum, Chemical Processing, Food Processing, Hydroelectric Power, Iron and Steel, Lumber, Oil Refining, Ship Building, Textiles, Tourism
Major Trading Partners: Yugoslavia, Italy, Germany, Austria and France.