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Croatian Island Lošinj 3rd in the World at World Tourism Innovation Awards in Madrid

ad063bf4-5fe0-4199-ba8d-1603757f6ed0The Mali Lošinj Tourist Board’s innovate tourism project has been named the 3rd best in the world at the World Tourism Organization awards in Madrid on Wednesday…

Mali Lošinj Tourist Board’s initiative ‘The Fragrances and Tastes of Lošinj’ took 3rd place in the UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance behind Commission for the Promotion of Exports and Tourism – PromPeru (Peru) and Vienna Tourist Board’s 2020 strategy.

It is great recognition for the small Croatian island of Lošinj. ‘The Fragrances and Tastes of Lošinj’ is a tourism board project presenting Lošinj as an island of vitality based on the island’s tradition and activities conducted by various botanists, primarily Professor Ambroz Haračić thanks to whom Lošinj was declared a climatic health resort already in 1892. The Tourist Board of Mali Lošinj (DMO), in cooperation with the Town of Mali Lošinj and the Fragrant Island Garden, have been developing ‘Fragrances and Tastes of Lošinj’ since 2005. Read more about the project here. (photo / promo)

Drivers Over 65 at Fault for 70% of Their Car Accidents in Croatia

DrivingDrivers over the age of 65 are at fault for the majority of car accidents they are involved in…

There are 220,000 drivers in Croatia over the age of 65, according to statistics from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and last year they were involved in 4,000 accidents on roads in the country. Out of the total 4,000 accidents, 70% of them were caused by the drivers over the age of 65. The statistic is prompting a push for a law change that will require drivers licence holders over the age of 65 to undergo a routine health check. If the doctor’s check is all clear then licences will be extended for a further 10 years.

Bojan Bogdanović Becomes First Croat in 12 Years to Play in NBA All-Star Weekend

BojanBrooklyn Nets forward Bojan Bogdanović will be the first Croatian player in 12 years to play in the NBA All-Star weekend…

Bogdanović (25), who is averaging 7.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 22.6 minutes per game in 43 games (27 starts) in his rookie NBA season, was selected to play in the showcase of the NBA season. Bogdanović is in the World team which will play the Rising Stars game. The game will feature the league’s premier young talent, pitting 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the United States against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world. The game will be played on 13 February at New York’s Barclays Center.

The last time a Croatian played at the All-Star weekend was back in 2003 when Orlando Magic’s Gordon Giriček was involved. Bogdanović will be the second Croatian involved this year – Atlanta Hawks coach Neven Spahija will assist the Eastern Conference team.

George R.R. Martin Surprises Fans With Appearance at Zagreb Book Promotion

GRRM2Fans of famous American fantasy, horror and sci-fi novelist, screenwriter and television producer George R.R. Martin got a pleasant surprise when they turned up for a book promotion in Zagreb on Wednesday night…

The fans had turned up to Zagreb’s Retro cafe for the promotion of Martin’s new fantasy collections – A Knight of Seven Kingdoms – but the last thing they expected was to be chatting with the author himself. A well-kept secret, Martin surprised all in attendance when he appeared for a live chat via Skype.

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Mario Primorac – a Lannister nobleman extra in the series, talking to George

The jovial author, who shared a few jokes whilst conversing with organiser Neven Antičević, had a few messages for his Zagreb fans, including encouraging them to keep reading books.

“With each new reading a new world opens up,” said Martin.

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Mario and his team who came second in the pub quiz organised on the night

Martin is best known for A Song of Ice and Fire, his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels that HBO adapted for its dramatic series Game of Thrones. Martin serves as the series’ co-executive producer, while also scripting one of each season’s 10 episodes. In 2005, Lev Grossman of Time called Martin “the American Tolkien”,and the magazine later named him one of the “2011 Time 100″, a list of the “most influential people in the world. A Knight of Seven Kingdoms goes on sale in Croatia today.

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 Goal.com, 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)

Thousands of Candles Lit to Mark Vukovar Remembrance Day

VukovarCroats in the capital Zagreb lit thousands of candles last night on the eve today’s Vukovar Remembrance Day, which is held to commemorate victims from the 1990’s homeland war in the eastern town of Vukovar…

Every year on the night of the 17th of November, Zagreb locals place candles along a 10 kilometre stretch on Vukovar Street to remember war victims from the eastern city.

Every year on the 18th of November the anniversary of the fall of Vukovar is marked in Croatia. During the 87-day siege of Vukovar by the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) between August and November 1991, 1,624 people were killed, including 12 children, 1,219 were wounded, and more than 350 Croatian soldiers unaccounted for. More than 22,000 Croats and other non-Serbs were also expelled from the city.

Vukovar was defended by around 1,800 lightly armed soldiers of the Croatian National Guard and civilian volunteers, against 36,000 JNA soldiers. On 18 November, the last defenders in Vukovar’s town centre surrendered.

Croats Pay Respects on All Saint’s Day

CroatiaCroatians all over the country will head to graveyards to light candles and lay flowers for deceased relatives as All Saints’ Day is observed in Croatia on Saturday…

All Saints’ Day, also known as Solemnity of All Saints, or The Feast of All Saints, is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by parts of Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity, in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. In Western Christian theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven and is a national holiday in Croatia.

The beautiful Zagreb cemetery Mirogoj will again attract massive crowds with spectacular sights just before sunset as the candles begin to take effect. Croatian government officials again also will pay their respects to all those who died during Croatia’s war of independence at Mirogoj cemetery.

Tito Museum Opens Near Vrgorac

josip-brozBusts, badges, a watch and a baton are just some of the memorabilia on display at the Josip Broz Tito museum which has opened recently in village of Kokorići, which is situated near Vrgorac in the Dalmatian hinterland…

The museum was opened by Zvonimir Pervan, who told news agency Hina that around 30,000 euros had been invested in setting up the Tito museum. Pervan says that the museum has created interest since opening, with a number of foreign tourists, notably Slovenes and Germans, visiting.

A number of items are on display at the museum, including over 2,000 badges, a gold watch owned by Tito, 20 Tito busts, 15 tapestries with his effigy, and a baton used in The Relay of Youth, a race which started in his birth town Kumrovec and ended in Belgrade on his official birthday.