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Istria (IS-tree-), Croatian and Slovenian Istra (IS-trah), Italian Istria (IS-tryah) is a peninsula in S Slovenia and NW Croatia, in the north of of the Adriatic Sea. Important towns include Koper[?]/Capodistria ("head of Istria"), Pula[?]/Pola, Porec[?]/Parenzo, Rovinj[?]/Rovigno, Pazin[?]/Pisino, Labin[?]/Albona, Motovun[?]/Montona, Buzet[?]/Pinguente and Buje[?]/Buie.

Most of Istria lies in Croatia today. It has a long tradition of tolerance between the people who live there, be it Croats, Italians, Slovenians or anyone else. Its people (in Croatia) are somewhat skeptical of official Zagreb and like their cultural autonomy.

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