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Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind



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Table of Contents

Croatia - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



3 871 833 (2021) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Croatia - Number format


(where , indicates the decimal separator and . the thousands separator)

Croatia - Date and time formats


   dd.mm.yyyy. (note the full stop after the year)

The 24-hour clock notation is used:


Croatia - Languages


Language use is heavily nationalistically influenced. Most of the population speak the official language, Croatian External, or, still in some areas, Serbian. There are 1 000 speakers of Istriot External on the Western coast of the Istrian Peninsula, in the towns of Rovinj and Vodnjan; 297 000 Italian External-speakers; 1 000 Istro-Romanian External speakers in the Northeast Istrian Peninsula in Žejane and a few villages to the south; and some 100 000 speakers of Venetian External. Hungarian External is spoken by about half the population in the Baranja/Baranya district north of Osijek. The town of Daruvar, in Bjelovarsko-Bilogorska, with 19% Czech inhabitants, has Czech External as its second official language.

image Bilingual (Croatian/Italian) street name in Fažana/Fasana

image Bilingual (Croatian/Hungarian) street name in Kopačevo / Kopács

Croatia - Forms of address


Persons with an academic degree are addressed using their title in this way:

   Doktor (m) / Doktorica (f)                a Ph.D. or medical qualification
   Inzenjer(m) / Inzenjerka (f)              Engineering degree
   Magistar(m) / Magistrica (f)              Masters degree, abbreviated to “mr” (note lower case)
   Tables of forms of address External can be acquired

Croatia - Personal names


Personal names tend to follow the pattern:

   Surname[ ]Given name(s)

Married women typically take their husband’s surname, sometimes added to their own.

   Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Croatia - Company legal forms


These company types are commonly found in Croatia:

   d.d.dioničko društvo (joint stock company)
   d.o.o.društvo s ograničenom odgovornošću (limited liability company)
   j.t.d.javno trgovačko društvo (unlimited liability company)
   k.d.komanditno društvo (limited partnership)
   s.p.o.s potpunom odgovornošću (full responsibility company)
   Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http:www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External


Croatia - Address format


   Note: This section last updated 1st April 2020

Addresses are formatted in this way:

   thoroughfare name[ ]number
   postal code[ ]SETTLEMENT

For example:


If the address is not within a postal town (one with a delivery post office), the name of the settlement may be added on the line above the postal code:


The Croatian postal authorities prefer that ’HR-’ is placed before the postal codes, but the rules of the country from which the mail is sent must define if you do this - please refer to Formatting an international address.

Thoroughfare types usually precede thoroughfare names, but there are exceptions. When a thoroughfare is named after a person, and the full name is used, the thoroughfare type precedes the thoroughfare name:

   Ulica Josipa Broza

If, however, only the surname is used, the thoroughfare type follows the thoroughfare name:

   Brozova ulica

Note how the declension of the name changes according to its position in the string.

When the thoroughfare name indicates possession (Nun’s Street), a place name as adjective (Prague Street), or any other adjective (Stone Street), the thoroughfare type follows the thoroughfare name:

   Opatička ulica [Nun’s Street]
   Praška ulica [Prague Street]
   Kamenita ulica [Stone Street]

Thoroughfare types are written with an initial upper-case letter when at the start of the street name, with a lower-case letter when written elsewhere.

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   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

(Sub-)Building indicators

Common Croatian sub-building indicators include:

   kat (floor)
   polukat (mezzanine)
   Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http:www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Thoroughfare types


Common Croatian thoroughfare types include:

   avenija (Avenue)
   klanac (Passage)
   most (Bridge)
   prečac (Short-cut)
   stube (Stairs)
   trg (Square)
   ulica (Street)

B.B. (bez broja) indicates “without number”.

   Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http:www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Croatia - Post office box


This is written Postanški Pretinac, abbreviated to PP. in Croatian.

Croatia - Postal codes


   Note: This section last updated 13th June 2020

The postal codes (Postanški broj) consist of 5 digits in the format:


Postal codes may still be found with a space between digits 2 and 3 in this way:

   99[ ]999

The code can commence with a number between 1 and 5.

The first two digits indicate the district, the third indicates the zone and the last two the post office. A code ending ’000’ is for the district capital. A code ending ’00’ or ’0’ is for a large town. A code ending ’010’ or ’090’ is for a town with more than two delivery offices. A code ending ’001’ or ’002’ refers to a post office box.

   Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Croatia - Postal code format graphic


Croatia - Postal code format

Croatia - Postal code specifics

Croatia - Postal code regular expression

\A([1-5][0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9]|[1-5][0-9]( )[0-9][0-9][0-9])\Z

Croatia - Postal code level of coverage


Croatia - Postal code map


The districts are as follows:

10 Zagreb/Zagrebacka
20 Dubrovacko-Neretvanska
21 Splitsko-Dalmatinska
22 Sibenska
23 Zadarsko-Kninski
31 Osjecko-Baranjska
32 Vukovarsko-Srijemska
33 Viroviticko-Podravska
34 Pozesko-Slavonska
35 Brodsko-Posavska
40 Medimurska
42 Varazdinska
43 Bjelovarsko-Bilogorska
44 Sisacko-Moslavacka
47 Karlovacka
48 Koprivnicko-Krizevacka
49 Krapinsko-Zagorska
51 Primorsko-Goranska
52 Istarska
53 Licko-Senjska

The Croatian postal authorities prefer that ’HR-’ is placed before the postal codes, but the rules of the country from which the mail is sent must define if you do this - please refer to Formatting an international address.

Place names in Croatia


   Note: This section last updated 20th January 2016

Refer to Exonyms in Croatia for full lists of place names in Croatia in other languages.

   Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http:www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External
   Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Croatia - Administrative districts


Croatia has 20 counties External (županije, singular - županija) and 1 city (grad, shown in the list below with an asterisk). The counties are not used in addresses:

County Postal code area
Bjelovarsko-Bilogorska Županija External 43
Brodsko-Posavska Županija External 35
Dubrovacko-Neretvanska Županija External 20
Istarska Županija External 52
Karlovačka Županija External 47
Koprivničko-Križevačka Županija External 48
Krapinsko-Zagorska Županija External 49
Ličko-Senjska Županija External 53
Meðimurska Županija External 40
Osječko-Baranjska Županija External 31
Požeško-Slavonska Županija External 34
Primorsko-Goranska Županija External 51
Šibensko-Kninska Županija External 22
Sisačko-Moslavačka Županija External 44
Splitsko-Dalmatinska Županija External 21
Varaždinska Županija External 42
Virovitičko-Podravska Županija External 33
Vukovarsko-Srijemska Županija External 32
Zadarska Županija External 23
Zagrebačka (Zagreb) External * 100, 101
Zagrebačka Županija External 102-104
   This regions/postal code data can be acquired as a data file External

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in Croatia


   Note: This section last updated 7th July 2015

When called from abroad, Croatian area codes have 1-2 digits and subscriber numbers 6-7, with a total number length of 8 or 9 digits. Mobile numbers have 9 digits and the area codes 91-92, 95 or 97-99.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 


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