France and Croatia are two significant European nations comprising a rich history and culture. France has been a great sovereign power; however, it witnessed a brief period of subjugation under the Nazi rule (1940-44). Croatia was a part of erstwhile Yugoslavia but declared independence in 1991.
Location and Neighbors
France is located in Western Europe and shares its land borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Spain, and Andorra. Croatia is located in Central and Southeast Europe, sharing its borders with Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Slovenia.
Area and population
As compared to Croatia, France is quite big. The third-largest nation in Europe, France covers an area of 247,368 square miles. Meanwhile, Croatia is spread over an area of 21,851 square miles. As of 2017, France was home to 67,186,638 people, while Croatia had a population of 4,154,200 people.
France is a prosperous nation with a per capita GDP of $43,600, as of 2017. By Purchasing Power Parity, France is the world’s 11th largest economy and the seventh largest in the world by nominal GDP. Thanks to the robust healthcare system of the country that the people here enjoy a long life. France has a good educational infrastructure and is home to some of the best universities and colleges in Europe and the world. The country also ranks high on the Human Development Index. Tourism is a major industry and a significant contributor to the GDP of the country. A tourist’s paradise, every year more than 80 million tourists visit the country.
Once a part of erstwhile Yugoslavia, Croatia gained independence in 1991 and since then the country has done remarkably well in the economic sphere. As of 2017, the GDP Per Capita of Croatia stood at $24,100. By GDP Purchasing Power Parity, Croatia occupies the 85th spot and by nominal GDP is place at the 57th spot. The country offers its citizens a high standard of living. It attracts a number of tourists every year ranking it among the 20 most popular tourist places. Some of the significant sectors of the Croatian economy are agriculture, industrial sector, and the service industry.
France has been a significant power since medieval times and even today has tremendous influence over world affairs. As a member of NATO, France has contributed troops to a number of wars. It is also one of the five permanent members of the UNSC and has the power to veto. Other prestigious international organizations of which it is a member include the European Union, OECD, and WTO.
Since its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, Croatia has joined a number of prominent international organizations. It is a significant member of the European Union, Council of Europe, NATO, the United Nations, etc.