Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union after a decade of negotiations, with thousands joining celebrations across the country. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23118035
Celebrations took place in the central square of Zagreb, with fireworks and music including Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, the European anthem.
“Welcome to the European Union!” European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in Croatian to the cheering crowd.
President Josipovic said it was “a great and joyful day for our homeland”.
“This the day when we open a new chapter in the thick book of our history,” he added.
Croatia in figures
Population: 4.4 million (UN, 2012)
Main language: Croatian
Main religion: Christianity
Area: 56,594 sq km (21,851 sq miles)
GNI per capita: €10,389 (World Bank, 2011)