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Currency
The Croatian currency is kuna (local abbreviation kn, international abbreviation HRK), further divided in 100 lipas. Notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 kunas and the coins in use are 1, 2 and 5 kunas and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 lipas. It's quite common for accommodation prices to be expressed in euros. Foreign currencies are freely brought in and taken out of the country. Amounts exceeding the value of 5000 € or 15000 kn have to be reported to the customs.
Exchange rate
1€ = ~7,6 kn
Tax refund
A foreigner (non-EU) that spends over 500 kunas in designated shops is entitled to a VAT refund (Croatian: "PDV"). In order to have the VAT refunded one has to ask for the PDV-P form when making a purchase, leave Croatia within six months, stamp the form at the customs when exiting Croatia and return the form to the shop where the purchase was made.
Currency exchange
Croatian National Bank provides exchange rates between kuna and various world currencies. Euros and other currencies are easily exchangeable in banks and exchange offices in Croatia. ATMs are available in coastal resorts and cities in Croatia (in banks, supermarkets, airports and elsewhere). A choice of languages to use is usually available at ATMs and the exchange rate is good. Almost every& hotel an exchange office, but these are usually charging a higher commission. Exchange rates& are stated visibly in exchange offices, post offices and local& bank branches.
Credit cards
All major credit cards (Eurocard/MasterCard, Diners, American Express and Visa) are also widely accepted. You can use ATM machines to withdraw cash from your credit cards (have your four digit PIN number handy). Using MasterCard and Diners you can withdraw money at regular post offices. Stores, restaurants, agencies, hotels and other service providers that accept credit cards indicate that with a visibly placed label with the logo of the credit card accepted. Traveler's cheques can be cashed in most banks (with a commission).
Prominent people and landmarks on Croatian notes:
Note Prominent people Landmarks
5 kn Ban (Viceroy) Petar Zrinski and Duke Fran Krsto Frankopan - Croatian noblemen of the 17th Century Varaždin Fortress
10 kn Juraj Dobrila - noted Croatian bishop who promoted Croatian cultural rights and advanced the Croatian language Amphitheater in Pula
20 kn Ban (Viceroy) Josip Jelačić - military hero of revolution in 1848 Eltz Castle in Vukovar and Vučedol Dove
50 kn Ivan Gundulić - greatest Croatian poet of the 17th Century City of Dubrovnik
100 kn Ivan Mažuranić - first non-aristocrat to be named Ban (Viceroy) Church of St. Vitus in Rijeka
200 kn Stjepan Radić - political leader and founder of Croatian Peasant's Party, assassinated in the Belgrade Parliament in 1928 Town Command in Osijek
500 kn Marko Marulić - greatest Croatian poet of the 15th and 16th centuries Diocletian Palace in Split and figure of Croatian King
1000 kn Ante Starčević - political leader, ideologist and founder of the Croatian Party of the Right monument to King Tomislav and >Zagreb Cathedral
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