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Serbia-dominated media campaign accuses Croatian nationalist government of planning to revive Ustase regime of World War II and systematic persecution of Serbs, which Croat leaders repeatedly deny, Spring-Summer, 1990.

UNHCR - Refworld, December 2013.



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In Brussels Croatia’s membership was applauded as the achievement of a ‘transformed’ nation. Observers nearer Zagreb than Brussels were less enthusiastic, pointing out that corruption and crime were as high as ever. And however much transformation there may have been, the 2013 budget deficit was expected to be in the region of 5 per cent. Unemployment at the end of 2012 was 19.6 per cent and by July 2013 had topped 20 per cent, reaching 21 per cent for the first time. In 2008 the figure was already high, at 13.4 per cent. 

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Official name: Republika Hrvatska (Republic of Croatia)
Head of State: President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (since 19 February 2015)
Head of government: Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic (SPH) (since 23 December 2011)
Ruling party: Kukuriku coalition, led by Socijaldemokratska Partija Hrvatske (SPH) (Social Democratic Party of Croatia), with Hrvatska Narodna Stranka-Liberalni Demokrati (HNS-LD) (Croatian People’s Party- Liberal Democrats), Istarski Demokratski Sabor (IDS) (Istrian Democratic Assembly) and Hrvatska Stranka Umirovljenika (Croatian Pensioner’s Party) (from 4 Dec 2011)
Area: 56,538 square km
Population: 4.24 million (2014)* (4,290,612; 2011; census figure)
Capital: Zagreb
Official language: Croatian
Currency: Kuna (K) = 100 lipas
Exchange rate: K6.76 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$13,494 (2014)*
GDP real growth: -0.40% (2014)
GDP: US$57.16 billion (2014)
Labour force: 1.90 million (2014)
Unemployment: 17.10% (2014)*
Inflation: -0.21% (2014)
Balance of trade: -US$8.35 billion (2013)*
* estimated figure


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