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[VIDEO] TOP 5 Biggest Croatian Summer Hits of All Time

CroatiaLast week RTL television show ‘Croatian Number One’ counted down to the most successful Croatian hit of all time, this week it revealed the ‘most successful summer hit in Croatia’. Summers in Croatia are memorable, so too become tunes which ‘take-off’ during the season. Here are the top 5 most successful of all time:

5. Jinx – Ljeto

4. Dubrovački trubaduri – Marijana

3.  Animatori –  Komarci (Ljeto nam se vratilo)

2. Oliver Dragojević – Galeb i ja

1. Haustor – Moja prva ljubav

Borna Ćorić Shocks Rafael Nadal at Swiss Indoors

Croatia181Croatian teenage tennis sensation Borna Ćorić has shocked the tennis world on Friday by upsetting his childhood idol and former world number one Rafael Nadal at the Swiss Indoors in Basel…

Ćorić (17) booked a place in the semi final of the ATP World Tour 500 tournament with an amazing shock 6-2, 7-6 win in just over 2 hours. The former US Open Junior champ raced out to a 5-0 lead and nearly ‘bageled’ his idol in what was their first ever match. Ćorić, who has jumped 177 places in the rankings since the start of the year, spent time in Spain training with Nadal last season, and that may have helped him not be overawed.

Earlier in the afternoon fellow Croat Ivo Karlović also booked a spot in the semi-final by beating German Benjamin Becker.

Zagreb’s Mayor Behind Bars, But Not Abandoned

CroatiaNearly four years ago Croatia made headlines around the world when its former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader was arrested for bribery and corruption on a cold December evening whilst on the run in Austria. Last Sunday the media spotlight was on the country again when current Mayor of the capital Zagreb, Milan Bandić, was arrested for similar offences.

Whilst Sanader’s arrest sent the majority of the country into celebration mode, with many wanting the book thrown at him (he eventually was sentenced to 10 years in prison with more charges pending), the same can not be said about Bandić who now sits in a cell in Remetinec jail. Within hours of his arrest, and still no details regarding charges released, a number of public figures had already come out to show their support, including World and European discus champion Sandra Perković and former champion hammer thrower Ivana Brkljačić.

“He is a man with absolute supernatural energy. He lives all day for this city,” Perković tweeted not long after the news, whilst others elaborated sarcastically.

Some high profile figures were quick to support the Mayor

Some high profile figures were quick to support the Mayor

“Of course he should be locked up. Imagine, he renewed the public transport system, laid hundreds of kilometres of roads, renovated schools, made primary school kids books free, gave 1,000 euros for every child born in Zagreb, done up the women’s hospital, cleaned up the Sava, 70% of facades in the centre are new. The government spends millions on Audi’s, BMW’s and Mercedes’, whilst he drives a 2007 Passat. Shame on him. Maybe he is controversial, but he turned Zagreb into a respectable European capital. Those who ordered his arrest forget that 75,000 young Zagreb locals stand behind Milan Bandić,” read one post on a special Facebook page set up in the fallen Mayor’s honour.

So far the Facebook support page has over 45,000 fans, but it is not just social media and Zagreb where Bandić has support. A cafe in the central Croatian city of Bjelovar closed its doors for one day this week in support.

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Facebook support page attracting thousands

“I personally met him a long time ago and he is a convincing great friend of Bjelovar and that is why I am showing my public support in this way. I am aware that the institute is doing its job, but for me he is an innocent man until proven guilty,” Cafe Kugla owner Josip Košutić said.

Web portals have gone mad in Croatia covering the story, with Croatia’s leading portal 24sata saying that readership records had been smashed this week. 24sata, which has over 1.1 million unique visitors, ran a poll during the week testing the nation’s support for Bandić after the corruption charges. The poll was overwhelmingly in the Mayor’s favour with over 70% saying they still supported him despite the arrest.

Bandić, who along with other influential council members and company heads, is charged with defrauding the city to the tune of over 2.5 million euros. Time will tell if his support grows or wanes as more evidence comes out in the trial that will no doubt be played out in the media.

New Tourist Attraction for Dubrovnik – Game of Thrones ‘Theme Park’

Game_of_thrones_castCroatia’s most visited destination is about to get another tourist attraction…

The small island of Lokrum, which is around 600 metres from the city of Dubrovnik, will be home to a ‘Game of Thrones’ theme park, writes Poslovni Puls. A monastery on the island will next year turn into a 2-level ‘theme park’ for the popular series which is also filmed in Dubrovnik. The series producers HBO have reportedly given their backing to the tourist attraction, which will house original items from the set, including costumes.

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Lokrum

Filming for the series fifth season has just completed in Dubrovnik.

Concert to Honour Legend Dražen Petrović Who Would Have Been 50 Today

CroatiaThe greatest basketballer to ever come out of Europe, Croatian Dražen Petrović, would have been celebrating his 50th birthday today….

A concert by the philharmonic orchestra to mark the occasion will be held this Saturday at Zagreb’s Vatroslav Lisinski hall in honour of the great man. Under the baton of Leopold Hager, the orchestra will play amongst other pieces, Mozart, fitting for a man who was nicknamed ‘Basketball’s Mozart’.

Born in Šibenik on 22 October 50 years ago, Petrović was just 28 years of age when he was killed in a car accident in Germany after returning from playing for Croatia in Poland on 7 June 1993. Voted the Best European Basketballer in History, Petrović enjoyed an illustrious career with the New Jersey Nets, averaging 20.6 points in 36.9 minutes on the floor, and nearly leading all NBA guards in field goal percentage (51%). He did not miss a single game. Dražen also won Olympic basketball medals, as well as a gold and a bronze at the FIBA World and European Championships.

Croats Celebrate Independence Day

Croatia91A national holiday today marks Croatian Independence Day, a day where Croats celebrates the unanimous decision of the Croatian Parliament – Sabor to terminate the link between Croatia and SFR Yugoslavia….

“Dear citizens of Croatia, I wish you all the best for Independence Day. It is one of the most important days in Croatian history, which we remember with pride. This is also an opportunity to wish the Republic of Croatia, all citizens of our homeland, a prosperous future,” President Ivo Josipović said in an address to mark the occasion.

The Croatian referendum on independence was held in May 1991, with 93% of voters supporting the independence. On 25 June the Croatian Sabor proclaimed the Croatian independence and seven days later, on 7 July, Croatia and Slovenia signed the Brioni Declaration in which the two countries agreed to suspend all declarations and acts passed by the Croatian and Slovenian parliaments related to those states’ secession from Yugoslavia for a period of three months. On 8 October, the Sabor decided to end relations with Yugoslavia, in the Decision on the termination of the state and legal ties with other republics and provinces of Yugoslavia. That session was not held in the House of Parliament but instead in the basement of an INA building, because of the possibility of the repeat of an incident such as the bombing of Banski dvori.

Locals Stunned as Woman in Peugeot Jumps Tisno Bridge

CroatiaLocals in Dalmatian town of Tisno could have been forgiven for thinking that a stunt scene for a movie was being filmed this morning…

Locals were left in shock when a woman in her mid 40s jumped a raised bridge, which connects the island of Murter with Tisno, at around 9am this morning. The Peugeot-driver reportedly gathered speed and successfully made the jump from one part of the bridge, which was raised around two and a half metres, to the other side.

“Despite the red light being on she passed the ramp as I made a gesture and shouted at her to stop. She hit the gas and made the jump over the bridge, which was raised at least two and a half metres. I could not believe she made it, she then stopped and went for a coffee,” bridge worker Tomo Mejić Sidić told Šibenik IN.

The woman, who made a loud thud when she hit the other side, has another female passenger in the car.

Croatia’s Population Declining

CroatiaCroatia’s population is on the decline, according to estimates from the Central Bureau of Statistics…

In 2013 Croatia’s population was estimated at 4,255,689, down 0.3% or close to 12,000 people, from the previous year. Whilst the country’s overall population was declining, it had grown in a number of areas. Zagreb, Zagreb County, Zadar and Istria had all recorded population growth in 2013, whilst the Sisak-Molsavina County shrunk by 1.38%. Since Croatia joined the European Union, there have been a number of educated citizens head off abroad to seek better wages, including a large portion of the medical fraternity.

Women still outnumber men, with 51.7% of the population female, whilst the median age continues also to grow – sitting at 42.2 years of age now, making Croatia one of the ‘oldest nations’ in Europe.

Legendary Guitarist Rastko Milošev – Ras Dies

rastkomilosev_15092014_pressThe former guitarist of legendary Croatian rock band Parni valjak has died in Croatia…

Rastko Milošev – Ras passed away on 12 September aged just 54. Born in Zagreb on 11.11.1961, Ras from an early age was surrounded by music, and his piano-teacher mother had him learn a number of instruments. When he turned 15 he discovered the Beatles and fell in love with the electric guitar. At the age of 18 he joined the now legendary band Parni Valjak, who enjoyed a dedicated following in Croatia for over 30 years, just 4 years after the band had formed in 1975. Ras stayed in the band for 5 years before leaving in the 80’s. He then went onto work as a guitarist, author and producer for the likes of Tereza Kesovija, Dino Dvornik, Oliver Mandić, Jasmin Stavros, Dino Merlin, Plavi orkestra, Haustor, and many more.

Ras leaves behind four children, and will be buried in Zagreb on Wednesday.

Croatia at a Standstill – Zagreb’s Main Square to Show Čilić Match Live on Big Screen

Croatia13 years ago Croatia came to a stand still when Goran Ivanišević took on Australia’s Patrick Rafter in the Wimbledon final, tonight the country again will be glued to the box when Marin Čilić takes on Kei Nishikori in the US Open final…

Usually reserved for major football matches, it has been confirmed that Zagreb’s main Ban Jelačić square will be showing the match live on a big screen. Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić has invited all those interested in watching the final to come down to the main square where apart from the match, there will be an entertainment programme, including singer Tony Cetinski and tambura group Begini. It will all kick-off tonight around 22:00, with the match due to start around 23:00 local time.

Čilić, who blew Roger Federer off the court on Saturday in the semi-final, has a great chance to become Croatia’s first Grand Slam winner since Goran’s win in 2001, although Nishikori holds a 5-2 advantage in head-to-head matches.