Today is the most depressing day of the year, according to science (and PR companies.) So here's some good news: it's also the 26th anniversary of independent Croatia’s recognition from European countries: Great Britain, France, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Denmark, Netherlands, Greece and Luxembourg.
On this day in 1992, members of Europe recognised Croatia as an independent state, an important step in the country’s secession from Yugoslavia. An earlier referendum decided overwhelmingly that the country should declare independence, with 93.24% of the population voting for it. Croatia was recognised by 44 countries by the end of January the following year.
Alongside Slovenia, Iceland was one of the first countries to recognise Croatia as independent on 19 December 1991.
Source: Croatia Week.