Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. The peninsula is located at the head of the Adriatic between the Gulf of Trieste and the Bay of Kvarner. It looks like a triangle and is very popular destination for tourist and travelers due to it's close vicinity to Italy, Slovenia and Austria, as well as it's large coastline, full of small and larger bays with hundred of places and villages offering tourist services. Flat and over-endowed with bland, sprawling tourist complexes, the Istrian coast is not the most beautiful in Croatia but its culture is unique. With borders that have changed five times in the last century, it's unsurprising that Istria is the most tolerant and cosmopolitan region in Croatia. After the breakup of Yugoslavia, Istria was subdivided into three countries Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. The largest portion which is Croatian Istria was further divided into two counties. The largest portion is Istria county in western Croatia. Important towns Pula, Porec, Rovinj, Pazin, Labin, Umag, Motovun, Buzet and Buje, as well as smaller towns of Visnjan, Roc, and Hum. In a 1991 census, nearly 20% of the inhabitants declared their nationality as Istrian rathei than Croatian, which is why the Istrian National Party is a force to be reckoned with on the national political scene. Although only 8% of the population is ethnic Italian, many people have Italian passports enabling them lo work in Italy and receive Italian pensions.
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