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Dinamo Zagreb Cash in on the Dress That ‘Broke the Internet’

dzIt is now known as the ‘dress that broke the internet’, and Croatian football champions Dinamo Zagreb are looking to cash in on its popularity…

Scottish singer Caitlin McNeill sparked a worldwide debate last week about the colour of her dress when she posted a photo of it on social media Tumblr to get some opinions.

‘Guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the f*** out.’ she wrote, expecting to get some feedback, but never in her wildest dreams did she expect what followed.

When BuzzFeed got in on the act and fueled the debate it went viral. Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Ellen DeGeneres all then threw in their 5 cents worth on the topic, helping to it to create a social media storm.

Dinamo Zagreb, who staunchly promote their ‘blue’ colours, have used the popularity of the dress for their own marketing gain.

“Only Dinamo is the colour blue’ – says the club in advertising its home strip. (photo / gnkdinamo)


Croatian playwright Tena Štivičić Wins Prestigious Award in New York

teatreCroatian playwright Tena Štivičić has won a prestigious award in New York…

Štivičić won the 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, which is the oldest and largest prize awarded to women playwrights, for her play 3 winters. As well as taking home the award, Štivičić was presented with 25,000 USD and a signed and numbered print by artist Willem de Kooning at a ceremony in New York on Monday.

Štivičić’s 3 Winters, which won the award ahead of 140 plays, is set in Zagreb between 1945 and 2011 and follows the life of a family held together by four generations of women living in one house. The play premiered at London’s National Theatre. Štivičić was born in Zagreb and studied at the Academy of Drama Art. She completed an MA in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Based in New York, Houston and London, the 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize was celebrating its 37th edition this year. (photo /

Record Year? Close to 10% Rise in Tourists in Dubrovnik Already

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACroatia’s most popular tourist destination Dubrovnik has had a rocketing start to the year. In January and February there were 19,999 tourists staying in the southern Dalmatian city, 9% more than in the same period last year, which was a record tourist year…

The start of the year is usually a good sign of things to come and Dubrovnik looks likely to break the 2014 record year when 863,801 tourists visited, creating 3.1 million overnight stays. The number of arrivals last year eclipsed the 2013 arrivals by 12%.

Out of the total tourists in the first two months of 2015, 14,560 were foreign tourists, whilst 5,439 tourists staying in the city were locals. Koreans, Japanese, Americans, Brits, Germans, Albanians, Slovenians, Italians, Austrians and tourists from Bosnia and Herzegovina provided the largest amount of visitors. (photo / wikimedia)

Croatia’s Tisno Festival Named in Top 10 Most Breathtaking in the World

eeOne of the world’s leading monthly music and entertainment digital magazines has named the Electric Elephant festival held in the Croatian of Tisno in its Top 10 Most Breathtaking Music Festivals…

Electric Elephant, which will be held this summer from 9-13 July, was third on the list, behind Worldwide Festival in the Swiss Alps and American festival Sasquatch! which is held at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington.

“Electric Elephant, Croatia: Just outside Tisno, Croatia’s sleepy fishing village, Electric Elephant attracts some of the biggest DJs in house music to its various venues, which include a boat cruising the Adriatic Coast. The festival runs from July 9-13 this year and features Todd Terry and Lindstrom,” wrote Paste. (photo / electric elephant)

More Foreigners Wanting to Live in Dalmatia

hvar-21Whilst a large number of Croatians are packing up and moving overseas in search for a better future, more and more foreigners are deciding that the Dalmatian coast is the place to be…

In the Split-Dalmatia County, which encompasses towns such as Kaštela, Solin, Trogir, Omiš and Makarska, and islands Brač, Hvar and Vis, there are just under 4,000 foreigners from 96 countries now residing. The majority of those are situated in Split, Trogir, Makarska, Brač and Hvar. Last year alone 234 permanent residency applications were approved in the County.

Diana Jakšić from Split-Dalmatia police administration told Hina that a large number of foreigners residing on the three major islands in the County (Brač, Hvar and Vis) had purchased real estate there. Both Brač and Hvar seem to be the popular choice of those deciding to emigrate to the County, with 78 and 85 temporary residency permits processed respectively.

“Those two islands are extremely interesting to foreigners, but that is nothing unusual because they are beautiful places. Who would not want to live there,” said Jakšić.

Although most resident permit requests come from European Union citizens, there have been requests from nations such as Japan, Peru, Korea, Libya, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Thailand, Iran, Iceland, Rwanda, Venezuela, Jamaica, Nepal and Morocco. The police department say that the majority of those are ‘work related’ requests in the tourism field. Croatia does have a strict ‘work permit’ quota, but that is increasing every year.

Out of the 3,979 foreigners residing in the Split-Dalmatia County, 1,181 are Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens, 399 Germans, 378 from Serbia, 175 from Kosovo, 168 from Macedonia, 150 from Russia, 148 from Slovenia, 116 from Italy, 106 from the UK, 96 from Poland, 79 from the Czech Republic, 64 from the USA, 63 from Slovakia, 63 from Austria, 60 from France followed by handful from a number of other nations.

Croatian Aplinists First in 25 Years to Scale Siberian Golden Mountains


1024px-Sunset_at_Kucherla_lakeCroatian alpinists from the St. Bernard Club in Zadar have become the first climbers in 25 years to reach the summit of Golden Mountains of Altai in Siberia…

The five-member team of Bogdan Brakus, Dražen Tomljenović, Boris Zupčić and Marino Grgurev, accompanies by two Russian alpinists, battled temperatures which dropped to -35 degrees as they scaled two peaks in the mountain range – Kupol (3,556 metres) and Jubilej (3,602). The Croatian alpinists were the first expedition there in over 25 years.

The alpinists, who set off on 25 January and are expected back in Croatia on 11 February, said that is was an honour to climb the peaks in the company of two of Russia’s best alpinists and said that their achievement was important one for Croatian and Russian mountaineering, says

fa5c62cfe2996936f090f6349b813196The Golden Mountains of Altai is a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of the Altai and Katun Natural Reserves, Lake Teletskoye, Belukha Mountain and the Ukok Plateau. (photo / Dmitry A. Mottl – Wikimedia Commons)

[VIDEO] Croatian Duo Thrill U.S Today Show Audience

2CELLOSTheir upcoming concerts in the U.S are almost sold out, and yesterday they gave the American public a glimpse why…

Famous Croatian duo Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser, better known as the 2Cellos, appeared on the popular Today Show on Monday where they performed their charged-up version of ACDC’s Thunderstruck. Later this month 2Cellos will tour America and perform 42 concert.

Croatia Observes Three Kings Feast with Public Holiday

ZagrebChristian Croatians will be taking down their Christmas trees all over the country as the nation observes Epiphany, the Feast of Three Kings, with a Public Holiday today (Tuesday)…

The feast of Three Kings is celebrated on the Twelfth Day of Christmas being January 6, and throughout history it has been a day where water is blessed, and homes sprinkled with blessed water to ‘ward off evil’. Many Croatians will also be taking part in other traditions on the day such as taking a dip in a nearby river or sea.

Chelsea Set to Sign their 5th Croatian: ‘Kramarić a Done Deal’

Croatia57211Rijeka’s in-form Croatia international striker Andrej Kramarić has agreed terms with London club Chelsea FC, report media in Croatia…

Quoting ‘reliable sources’, daily Sportske Novosti say that Chelsea have finally agreed terms for the 23-year-old. Kramarić, who was the Croatian 2014 Player of the Year after scoring 21 times in 17 games, will earn 1 million euros per season, whilst his club Rijeka will immediately get 3.5 million euros from the deal which will increase to close to 6 million euros based on bonuses.

It is expected that Kramarić will be loaned out, just like the other four Croatians on Chelsea’s books, to either Leicester in the EPL or Vitesse in the Dutch league. Karlo Žiger, Mateja Delač, Stipe Perica and Mario Pašalić are the Croatians currently on the Stamford Bridge club books. (photo / HNS Drago Sopta)

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English Premier League Club Bid €10 Million for Andrej Kramarić

Croatia572English Premier League side Leicester City have reportedly made a 10 million euro bid for NK Rijeka and Croatia striker Andrej Kramarić…

According to, Leicester City’s director of football Terry Robinson met with NK Rijeka’s sports director Srećko Jurišić on Thursday where a 10 million euro offer was made for the 23-year-old goal scoring machine.

Croatian first division top scorer Kramarić, who was capped 53 times at the youth level for the Croatia national team, scoring twenty-two goals, has also attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, Schalke, Hannover, Manchester City, Inter Milan and AC Milan, but it is the Leicester City offer which is first on the table. NK Rijeka will take their time before making a decision.

Kramarić began his career at Dinamo Zagreb and holds the record as the top youth goalscorer in the club’s history. He made his first team debut at 17 and this year made his senior international debut. (photo: Drago Sopta / HNS)