Croatia Ranked Among Safest Countries In The World

By , 18 Apr 2017, 13:35 PM Travel
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Croatia is one of the few remaining countries in which you can walk around at night and feel completely safe, but how does it compare to other nations?

The Travel and Tourism Competitive Index measures the ''set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the travel and tourism sector, which, in turn, contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country''. It includes 136 world economies.

The Index enables all involved in the travel and tourism industry to aim to improve their competitiveness and therefore grow their invidivual, national economies. This year's theme is entitled ''Paving the Way for a More Sustainable and Inclusive Future'' and, according to their website: ''reflects the increasing focus on ensuring the industry's sustained growth in an uncertain security environment while preserving the natural environment and local communities on which it so richly depends.''

2017's Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, which evaluated 136 countries worldwide on overall safety, ranked Croatia as one of the most secure countries for tourists to visit, taking 24th place in the long list, with the Northern European nation of Finland taking the crown as the safest country in the world. The 136 countries listed were evaluated on variants such as their individual policies which hold influcnet over the travel and tourism sector, and the risk of major security risks such as terrorism, violence and unrest.

Other European nations were surprisingly low on the list, with Bosnia and Herzegovina coming in at 76th place, the United Kingdom coming in at 78th and Bulgaria at 89th.

To view the list in its entirety in PDF form, click here.

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Croatia Traffic Info

  • Traffic is heavy on most of the roads leading towards the coast and towards the interior of the country (on most of the motorways A1 Zagreb-Split-Ploče, A2 Zagreb-Macelj, A3 Bregana-Lipovac, on the A7 Rupa-Diračje), on the Krk bridge in both directions and on most of the roads in the coastal area, especially near Crikvenica, Novi Vinodolski, Zadar, Šibenik, Dubrovnik, on the section Split-Omiš-Makarska and between Klek and Zaton Doli through Neum. The state road DC59 between Kistanje and Ivoševci is closed due to a wild fire. on the A1 Zagreb-Split-Ploče there is some queueing traffic between the rest area Vukova Gorica and Karlovac at the toll station Lučko 4 km in direction Zagreb, at Demerje 1 km in direction coast traffic is occasionally queueing between Lučko and Karlovac on the A2 Zagreb-Macelj on the A2 Zagreb-Macelj westbound traffic is occasionally stopped at the junction Krapina due to heavy traffic at the toll station Trakošćan the queue is 5 km long, at the toll station Krapina 2 km at the border crossings Kaštel and Plovanija in Istria 6 km queueing traffic towards Slovenia on the A7 Rupa-Diračje at the junction Rupa occasional hold-ups towards the border crossing Pasjak on the state road towards the border crossing Pasjak 7 km at the toll station Rupa 1,5 km in direction Slovenia at the border crossing Rupa 500 m in direction Slovenia Driving restrictions: freight vehicles exceeding 7,5 t - Saturday, 19th of August; 4AM - 2PM - Sunday, 20th of August; 12AM - 11PM Sections of the roads closed due to roadworks: -the DC29 from Novi Golubovec (DC29, DC35) -the DC502 Smilčić-Pridraga state road -ŽC5042 Višnjan-Tićan. Traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only: -on the DC1 state road in Knin, on the section Sučević-Otrić in Otrić -on the state road DC2 in Vukovar, (Kudeljarska and Priljevo street) -on the state road DC66 Pula- Raša bridge -on the state road DC206 Valentinovo-Petrovsko. With the sunny and dry weather, more and more cyclists and motorists are on the roads. Other vehicles (such as cars or trucks) should look carefully for bicyclists before turning left or right, merging into bicycle lanes and opening doors next to moving traffic. Check your mirrors and be aware of blind spots before turning. While at a stop sign or red light, make a complete stop in order to let bikers pass, and check for unseen riders. Respect the right of way of bicyclists because they are entitled to share the road with you. Cyclists are not immune to traffic violations: pay attention to red lights and practice arm signaling!
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  • Due to heavy traffic during the tourist season longer wait times are possible on most border crossings with Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro.
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  • All ferries and catamarans are operating according to schedule.
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