15 June 2021 – Croatian president Zoran Milanović has visited the Museum of Croatian Culture in Slovakia today.
The Museum of Croatian Culture is located in the town of Devinska Nova Ves, not far from the capital Bratislava.
“This is an eternal song and a trace of our ancestors, their movements, the places they came from,” the president said during his visit, adding that he was fascinated by the language spoken by Croatian minorities.
“These are fascinating old dialects, čakavski, kajkavski, for some it can’t even be clearly established. There are a lot of people here who have learned and speak our standard (Croatian), but this is a language that has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries and generations, surrounded by different languages,” added President Milanović.
Croats, estimated to number several thousand in Slovakia today, live predominantly in four municipalities around Bratislava: Devínska Nová Ves, Chorvatsky Grob, Čunovo and Croatian Jarovrof.
Furthermore, Croats in Slovakia have a recognised status of a national minority and are extremely well integrated into Slovak society, but also very well connected with their home country.
They are organised through cultural societies and associations, and their umbrella institution is the Croatian Cultural Association in Slovakia, which was founded in 1990 with its headquarters in Bratislava, with the aim of coordinating the activities of Croatian cultural societies.
At the meeting with President Milanović, representatives of the Croatian minority pointed out that they gather and try to preserve customs, traditions and language by socialising in their dozen associations in which they deal with music and folklore, and they also have one amateur theatre group.