Rumors which have been floating around IT circles in Croatia recently that American giants Apple are set to move production of their iPhones and iPads to Croatia have finally been confirmed, reports Bug Online.
Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic and Apple CEO Tim Cook have signed a deal in the early hours of this morning (Croatian time) which will see Apple build a production plant in Croatia. With rising labour costs Apple have been searching for the past 6 months for an alternative location to produce its future iPads and iPhones. Croatia’s cheap labour costs, the fact that it will soon become a member state of the European Union and its geographical location were the main factors in the deal which is set to bring in over 200 million euros a year into the Croatian economy.
Apple CEO Cook said that the ease of doing business in Croatia with the absence of bureaucracy was the key factor in deciding on the new production factory location.
After recently announcing that they will be heading to Croatia and making the picturesque Adriatic nation home for the next 5 years, Organisers of Ultra Europe, the world’s premier electronic music festival, have announced a special 1 day sale on all tickets today (5 December) for the Croatian event.
Ultra Music Festival will be staged from 12-14 July 2013 for Ultra Europe on the island of Hvar at Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort and at Poljud Stadium in the port city of Split. The event is expected to attract over 60,000 and those wanting to get in quick can save $$$ by visiting: http://ultraeurope.com/ today for the early bird tickets.
Performances from all 3 days will be streamed globally through UMF TV and UMF Radio.
There is concern in the Croatian town of Velika Gorica (Zagreb County), after a 12-year-old boy went missing on Monday.
A search has been put out for Luka Relotic, after he disappeared without a trace near his home. Relotic is 150 centimetres tall, has straight chestnut coloured hair, blue eyes with an oval-shaped face.
Luka was wearing a black jacket with a hood, dark jeans and yellow Timberland shoes at the time of his disappearance. Police are appealing for anybody have has seen someone who fits that description to come forward.
Police from the town of Vrgorac (Split-Dalmatia County) have arrested a 26-year-old Montenegro national with 15.5 kilograms of marijuana on Tuesday.
The police caught the man on Tuesday after stopping him in his Opel at around 11am after they noticed illegal modifications made on his vehicle.
On searching the vehicle they found the marijuana in special box made and lodged between the back seat and boot of the Opel. The marijuana on the market would have been worth close to 100,000 euros. The man remains in custody.
The Supreme Court in Croatia has ruled that former president of the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) Vlatko Markovic discriminated against the gay population when he stated that homosexuals could not play for the Croatian national team because it is a sport for only “healthy” people.
The Court said that Markovic’s statement that homosexuals will not play in the Croatian football team while he was president was offensive and banned him from making similar comments in the future. Markovic was also ordered to make a public apology in the newspaper at his own cost.
Marine Police from Split have found the body of a 72-year-old man fisherman from the island of Hvar on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, after he had earlier set out to pull in nets on Monday morning, writes daily Slobodna Dalmacija.
The man was found between the south side of Hvar island and the shore of Split, some 200 meters from the Split coast. Police, port authorities, local diving clubs and locals were out looking for the man after a call was received that he was missing after setting off from Sveta Nedjelja at 6:30am to pull in his nets.
Police found the fisherman 11am. The cause of his death is unknown.
Around 70 percent of Croatian households can not manage to cover all their monthly expenses with their incoming income, according to results of a survey from research group GfK.
Some 50 percent of households says that they can not cover their monthly expenses, while 11 percent need to dip into savings to meet their expenses each month and 8 percent need to borrow to cover all costs. The bad news is that every second household today is in a worse financial position that it was in one year ago and 42 percent state that things will get worse than they our currently.
” Even worse financial positions we predict for 50 percent of households in northern Croatia and Slavonia and those with a household income up to 3,500 kuna (465 euros),” explains GfK, who conducted the survey with over 1000 households.
Hundreds of Welsh football supporters took over the bars last night in downtown Zagreb, Croatia, ahead of tonight’s World Cup qualifier between the two sides.
The loyal travelling army of Welsh fans are based in the capital Zagreb and will take the four-hour train journey to the eastern Croatian city of Osijek where the match is being played today. The supporters were in good spirits, singing and mixing with the locals but at least one Welsh supporter didn’t give his side much chance against the higher ranked Croatians.
“We have a chance to win maybe if the venue was changed and the match was being played on fantasy island,” joked one Welsh supporter to a Croatia Week reporter. Judging by the amount of beer drunk, there were some happy bar proprietors in Zagreb last night.