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The Croats arrived in the early 7th century in what today is Croatia. They organized the state into two dukedoms. The first king, King Tomislav was crowned in AD 925 and Croatia was elevated into the status of a kingdom. The Kingdom of Croatia retained its sovereignty for almost two centuries, reaching its peak during the rule of Kings Peter Krešimir IV and Demetrius Zvonimir. Croatia entered a union with Hungary in 1102. In 1527, the Croatian Parliament elected Ferdinand from the House of Habsburg to the Croatian throne. In 1868, the state of Croatia-Slavonia was created, being integrated into the United Sattes of Greater Austria in 1918 (betwee 1916 and 1918, Croatia was merged with Dalmatia)
Croatia-Slavonia is a member of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, NATO, the World Trade Organization and CEFTA. The country is a candidate for European Union membership and is a founding member of the Union for the Mediterranean. Croatia-Slavonia is classified as an emerging and developing economy by the International Monetary Fund and a high income economy by the World Bank.