The people of Croatia are sociable, optimistic, proud of their heritage, and hospitable. They value their families, education, and careers. As independence took centuries to achieve, Croats are extremely proud of their internationally recognized sovereign country and eager for others to accept them and learn of Croatian history and culture. Their historical ties to Western Europe also bring Croatians much pride. They have worked to integrate with European organizations, such as NATO and the EU. Most Croatians hope for the establishment of democratic principles and rights for all citizens.
Croatia is located on the Balkan peninsula, and with its temperate Mediterranean coasts, vast forests, and mountainous regions, is quickly become on off-the-radar tourist destination.