Archive for: January 15th, 2013

Priest: Donations Under 50 Kuna Is Offensive, You Buy iPhones But Only Give 20 Kuna Donations

Church goers in the small northern Croatian town of Sveti Juraj na Bregu were up arms on Sunday after a local priest gave a warning during mass to those who give less than 50 kuna (6.50 euros) during donation time at mass.

The priest told church goers that it was an embarrassment that they could buy their kids the latest iPhones but only give 20 kuna (2.50 euro) during the sunday mass whip round.

“I mentioned (at church) that I made a list of those who gave less than 50 kuna, maybe it is time I was honest to myself, if they do not need me, then they shouldn’t even open the door for me,” said the priest to portal eMedimurje.

2 Million Tune In To Croatia Report On Prime Time Belgium TV

A report profiling Croatia’s Adriatic coast as a tourist destination has drawn in over two million viewers after airing on Belgium state television.

Belgium national television station VRT was in Croatia in June 2012 filming in the Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Nevertva Counties for a report which has just aired on Belgium television last week.

The first report aired on 5  January and featured the city of Split, life in the mediterranean the Croatian way, and a ‘island hopping” trip which featured the island of Korcula. The second report aired on 12 and 13 January and featured the island of Hvar, Pakleni islands, Bol and Pucisca on the island of Brac, and Ston on the Peljesac penninsular, writes

The reports captured close to 50% of the viewing audience in Belgium when they aired.

Google Survey: Only 20% Of Croatian Firms Using Internet For Sales

A research survey conducted during 2012 for Google Croatia has revealed that small and medium-sized businesses in Croatia are lagging behind the rest of Europe when it comes to using the internet to increase sales of their products and services, reports netokracija.

The survey, conducted by GfK, showed that only 20% of small and medium-sized businesses used to the internet to increase sales. Only 50% of the 700 companies surveyed had their own website, although 99% of companies with more than 10 employees had their own website.

The survey also highlighted the fact that internet shopping has still not caught on in Croatia. Only 16% of Croatian internet users had made an online purchase. In neighbouring Slovenia the figure is double with 30% and in Germany quadruple with 65% of internet users making a purchase online.

Spanish DJ Dumps Girlfriend Because She Hated Croatia

The official Spanish announcer at the current World Handball Championships in Madrid, has revealed to Croatian daily newspaper Vecernji list his love for Croatia, even saying he dumped his ex-girlfriend because she hated Croatia.

DJ Luis Torres (37) is the arena announcer in Madrid and he has been motivating players by playing Croatian tunes before each match at the World Championships. Torres first fell in love with Croatia when he visited in 2005.

“I can speak Slovenian better than Croatian because I had a girlfriend from Slovenia,” said Torres, before adding, “We broke up last year because she hated Croatia!, she always acted like Slovenes were above everybody else.”

Torres has worked as DJ at the Olympic games, European Basketball Champs, Champions League football matches and at a volleyball tournament in Zagreb.

“I have a programme of around 300 Croatian songs which I like to listen to,” said Torres.

New Law To Force Residents To Change House Number Signs

Residents in the Croatian capital Zagreb are to be forced to change their house number signs after a new law was introduced. Zagreb City Council want to uniform street and house number signs, and Zagreb residents have until 2017 to make the change, reports Jutarnji list.

Those living in the upper part of town face a 500 kuna (70 euro) bill for the specially designed new signs, whilst the rest of the city will play around 100 kuna (15 euros) for the change. Zagreb City Council are expected to spend around 4 million euros on the new signs.

The fine for those caught without the new signs will be between 3 and 8,000 kuna (400-1,050 euros), whilst those caught destroying or stealing the signs will face fines between 550 – 1200 euros).

Better Day In Melbourne For Croats

Up and coming Croatian tennis star, 16-year-old Donna Vekic, has made it through to the 2nd round of the Australian Open after trouncing her higher seeded opponent Andrea Hlavackova from the Czech Republic 6:1, 6:2.

Hlavackova (66th), ranked 45 places higher than Vekic (111th) on the WTA list, had no answers as Vekic brushed her aside in 1 hour and 12 minutes. Vekic now faces Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in the next round.

There was also good news in the men’s draw, Marin Cilic beat Australian-Croatian Marinko Matosevic 6:4, 7:5, 6:2, while Ivan Dodig beat China’s Di Wu 7:5, 4:6, 6:3, 6:3 to advance to the next round.

Croatia Marks 21-Years International Recognition

On this day 21-years ago Croatia gained diplomatic recognition by the European Economic Community members, which subsequently led to recognition by the United Nations.


On the evening of 15 January 1992, with the war still very much going on, Croatia’s President at the time Franjo Tuđman addressed the nation; “Today’s date – 15 January 1992 – will be engraved in gold letters in the complete, 14th century, history of the Croatian people in this region, for us the holy ground between the rivers Mura, Drava, Dunav and Adriatic.”


“We have created an Internationally recognised Croatia. We celebrate tonight, and then roll our sleeves up to build a new democratic nation,” added Tuđman.


Croatia, however was recognised internationally before members of the European Union did, Island will be remembered as the first nation to internationally recognise Croatia on 19 December 1991. Germany also recognised an independent Croatia on the same day, although their decision formally came into effect on 15 January 1992 together with the EU members.


After the European Union recognised Croatia on 15 January 1992, the following nations followed suit; UK, Denmark, Malta, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Hungary, Norway, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, Canada, France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Luxembourg and Greece. One day later, Argentina, Australia, Czech Republic, Chile, Lichtenstein, New Zealand, Slovakia, Sweden and Uruguay joined them, writes Slobodna Dalmacija.

The first African nation to recognise Croatia was Egypt on 16 April 1992. On 22 May 1992 Croatia became a member of the United Nations.


Croatian Bakery Chain To Open Store In Budapest

After recently expanding into Slovenia, Croatia’s leading bakery chain Mlinar are set to open a store in the heart of Hungary’s capital at the end of this month.

Mlinar will open a bakery at the end of January in the well-known Vaci Street in the heart of Budapest, as part of the company’s strategic plan to expand further into EU member states.

Mlinar, which has 145 shops in Croatia, late last year began its expansion abroad, opening six shops in neighbouring Slovenia – 3 in Ljubljana, 2 in Maribor and 1 in Celje, and aim to have around 30 opened by the end of 2013.

Heavy Snow Closes Schools In Zagreb

More than half a metre of snow inside 24 hours has brought Croatia’s capital to a standstill. A number of schools in the city have closed their doors today with the public transport system in the city crippled.

The city’s civil defence network and fire service spent much of Monday afternoon cleaning roads as Zagreb was covered with a thick blanket of snow as more than 70 centimetres fell in a day. Trams, buses and trains were all effected on Monday, with many lines cancelled, forcing workers to travel home by foot. Citizens have been warned to take care and not travel if they did not need to.

Most of inland Croatia has been covered in snow. In the town of Karlovac, a balcony was brought down at a tennis club by snow after more than half a metre fell yesterday.

The forecast is not much better, heavy snow is expected to fall all week.