Surviving the war on the Balkans in the 1990s, Croatia has established itself through a proud understanding of its position. It is located on the beautiful Dalmatian coast, with an interesting cultural background playing a big part of its foundation.
Croatia has a large number of established writers that have become known overseas. Contemporary writer Dubravka Ugresic has won several awards for her novels, Slavenka Drakulic and Zagreb-born Zoran Feric is a writer of considerable merit from Croatia.
Most important to Croatian literature, however, is probably Miroslav Krleza, his novels The Banquet in Blitva and The Return of Philip Latinovicz are celebrated as one of the nation's greatest literary offerings.
Croatia has not been as active on the film scene as neighbouring countries Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, but it has still achieved a high standard. This is most recently due to the works of talented directors like Dalibor Matanic, Tomislav Radic and Antonio Nuic.
When it comes to music, this nation delivers a host of various genres. From catchy surf-rockers The Bambi Molesters, to folk music by Dunja Knebl and the punk rock of Hladno Pivo, to award-winning jazz musician Tamara Obrovac. Croatia presents a delightful slice of the unexpected yet truly entertaining.