Croatia has a history more than 3000 years old.
Ever since the Ilyrians, (2000 BC), through the times of the Greeks and Romans (4th century BC-5th century AD) and later arrival of Croats in 7th century AD, Croatia and the Balkans have been a place where the west meets the east, where cultures and trading routes crossed and where the history of the Old Continent was often decided.
The first Croatian kingdom was founded in 10th century and the medieval history of Croatia was marked by constant fight for the preservation of the national identity, language, culture and traditions, within the kingdoms of Hungary, the Habsburgh monarchy and Austro-Hungarian empire. This trend continued to the 20th century, when Croatia was under the flag of Yugoslavia.
Finally, in 1991, Croatia gained independence after more than 900 years of figthing, which makes the last War of Independence even more important.
Today, Croatia is a legitimate member of EU, NATO and other organizations of the western world.