Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Successful Night in Bulgaria for Dinamo Zagreb against Ludogorets

August 2, 2022 - Dinamo beats Ludogorets 2:1 in the first leg of the Champions League 3rd round qualifiers played in Razgrad on Tuesday night. 

Dinamo visited Ludogorets in Razgrad for the first match of the Champions League 3rd qualifying round. Ludogorets has been the champion of Bulgaria for the last 11 seasons.

Recall, Dinamo advanced to the 3rd qualifying round after beating Shkupi on a 3-2 aggregate last week. After 2-2 in Zagreb, Dinamo won in Skopje with a minimal 1-0 to move forward. 

If Dinamo advances past the Bulgarian champion after two matches, the Zagreb club will face the winner of Norwegian club Bodo/Glimt and Lithuanian club Žalgiris in the Champions League play-off. On the other hand, if Ludogorets moves forward, Dinamo will play in the Europa League play-off against the loser of the same pair. 

Due to injuries, Dinamo was without Kévin Théophile-Catherine, Mahir Emreli, Josip Šutalo and Marko Bulat.

Lineups

Ludogorets: Padt, Cicinho, Plastun, Verdon, Nedjalkov, Jordanov, Piotrowski, C.Souza, Tekpetey, Sotiriou, Rick

Dinamo: Livaković, Ljubičić, Perić, Lauritsen, Ristovski, Ivanušec, Ademi, Mišić, Baturina, Oršić, Drmić

Match report

Ludogorets threatened Dinamo’s goal quickly and recorded their first corner in the 3rd minute. Dinamo was quick to react and took the early lead just 3 minutes later. Lauritsen assisted Perić, who shot from the edge of the penalty area for 1:0. 

Just three minutes after that, Dinamo surprised Lugogorets again. The clumsy reaction of Ludogorets goalkeeper Padto resulted in an own goal to put Dinamo ahead at 2:0 in the 9th minute. Dinamo had another chance five minutes later, but Perić wasn’t as lucky this time. 

Ludogorets reduced Dinamo’s lead in the 22nd minute when Tekpetey left Dinamo goalkeeper Livaković powerless for 2:1. Ludogorets was hungry to equalize for the remainder of the first half, which ended 2:1. 

Dinamo coach Ante Čačić started the second half with one change. Dario Špikić entered for Luka Ivanušec. Ludogorets, however, made two changes. Cauly Souza and goalkeeper Sergio Padt remained in the dressing room, and midfielder Dominik Jankov and Croatian goalkeeper Simon Sluga entered the match. 

Ludogorets had an excellent chance two minutes into the first half, forcing Livaković to make an incredible save off the goal post. Ludogorets shot over the crossbar less than 10 minutes later. 

Bruno Petković replaced Josip Drmić in the 59th minute. 

Dinamo’s defense had to clear two dangerous attempts by Ludogorets in the 65th and 67th minutes, the latter of which was saved brilliantly by Livaković. Ludogorets continued pressing to get the second goal, even hitting the post a minute later. 

Čačić replaced another attacker in the 71st minute - Menalo was subbed on for Oršić. 

Ludogorets brought on fresh strikers in the 79th minute to increase their hopes of getting a goal. In the 82nd minute, Dinamo’s Menalo was nearly one-on-one with the Ludogorets keeper but shot over to keep the match 2:1 with less than 10 minutes to go. 

Čačić subbed off Baturina for Boško Šutalo in the 86th minute. 

Another dangerous chance for Ludogorets in the 89th minute just missed the Dinamo goal. A minute later, Petković took on three defenders and forced the ball out for a corner which Sluga punched out. The ref added 4 minutes of stoppage time to the match, in which neither team could score. 

The return match will be played in Zagreb on August 9. 

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Tuesday, 2 August 2022

New, Fourth Mammoth Tooth Found in Mohovo near Ilok

August 2, 2022 – Maybe you have never heard of Mohovo, and maybe you know that they keep finding mammoth teeth there... There is really no in-between. A new, fourth mammoth tooth was found on Saturday, 30th July. 

As SiB reports, ten years after he found the first mammoth tooth in his village, Goran Popović from Mohovo found another, fourth, mammoth tooth on Saturday.

He informed his friends and the public about the phenomenal discovery by posting on Facebook, stating that he was filled with happiness, emotions, and optimism.

"I had that instinct again, walked through our beautiful village, and then it happened – the fourth mammoth tooth. All of a sudden, a part of the hill collapsed and the tooth just popped out. Now I'm completely convinced that this is no longer a coincidence", he wrote and invited everyone to join in and help, because a lot of support is needed to start the systematic search of the location.

SiB spoke about this discovery with Goran, who, still under a strong impression, said that not a single find was the result of purposeful digging and searching, but that he found each tooth completely by accident.

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Photos by Dolina Mamuta

“Last year, the Minister of Culture, Nina Obuljen Koržinek, visited the site of the discovery, the county and city authorities came, and we received promises from all of them that they would do everything in their power to start archaeological research. I know that the activities in the wider Vukovar area focus on Vučedol, but I believe that the finding of another tooth will motivate the authorities to pay attention to Mohovo as well. It would be an important step in the promotion of our small village and it would certainly make it more attractive not only in terms of archeology but also in terms of culture and tourism”, said Popović.

The relevant ministry and the Ilok City Museum were immediately informed about the discovery, as well as the City of Ilok, and the Vukovar-Srijem County. He emphasized that this place with only two hundred inhabitants obviously hides great secrets that experts need to investigate. It all started in the fall of 2012 when, while digging a septic tank in an orchard, he found the first fossil remains of a woolly mammoth, and a discovery was made four years later in another location. Goran states that short research, in addition to the woolly mammoth and the woolly rhinoceros, led to the discovery of fossil remains of a hyena, a wild horse, and a bison. Four years after the second discovery, there was a third one, when the fossil remains of a mammoth were found again near the village pond. Realizing the potential hidden in their village, several young residents of Mohovo founded the association Dolina Mamuta (Mammoth Valley). They organised workshops, installed a straw sculpture of a woolly mammoth, a woolly rhinoceros, and a hyena in the village centre, and launched the events "Advent in Mohovo" and "Mammothfest", the second edition of which is planned for this October.

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Photo by Dolina Mamuta

“The creation of a sculpture made of solid material is nearing completion, for which we were provided funds through donations after the straw sculpture was destroyed in a fire.

For the second "Mammothfest", we plan to organize an exhibition about the findings so far and additionally motivate the authorities for systematic research” he stated.

For more, check out our lifestyle section.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Patriarch Porfirije Consecrates Church where Nikola Tesla was Christened

ZAGREB, 2 August, 2022 - The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC), Patriarch Porfirije, on Tuesday consecrated in Smiljan, near Gospić, the church where scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla was christened.

Milutin Tesla, Nikola Tesla's father, served in the church where Nikola Tesla was christened in 1856.

The patriarch said that the church consecrated today was built when the Serbs came to the Lika region in the 1600s as "a place of prayer, peace, love and gathering, meeting with God and each other, a place of finding peace in Christ, peace within oneself and between one another."

Pofirije said that "the Ustasha wanted to eliminate this place, so the temple was destroyed in 1941. It was rebuilt in 1986 and devastated again in the 1990s, and now it has been rebuilt, in the same place where the original church was built in the 17th century."

He recalled that this is the church where the world-famous scientist Nikola Tesla was christened.

Messages for peace between Serbs and Croats

When asked if he was satisfied with the unity in Croatia, the Serb Orthodox dignitary said that "one can and should always do better, everywhere, we should always try to do more and be better every day, wherever we are, in Croatia or in some other place."

Lika-Senj County Deputy Prefect Milan Uzelac said that Patriarch Porfirije's message was a message of peace "for all of us who are here, and for peace between Serbs and Croats."

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Šibenik Police Detain 2 People for Attack on Reporter Maja Sever

ZAGREB, 2 August, 2022 - Šibenik-Knin County police have brought in two people for questioning in connection with an incident on the island of Tijat, where, according to the media, HRT reporter Maja Sever was attacked on Monday while photographing the usurpation of the shore and the public property.

The police said a criminal investigation is underway, and two people have been brought in to establish the circumstances, after which the public will be informed accordingly.

On Monday, a reporter for the national HRT broadcaster, Maja Sever, accompanied by Judge Sandra Artuković, went to see if the Spirito restaurant on the island of Tijat was open. The restaurant was recently closed by the state inspectorate because it did not meet the minimum technical requirements. According to witnesses, the two women were attacked by the restaurant's owner, who seized a cell phone and threw it away.

Sever said that after she called the police they told the owner that that was a public area and that no one could stop them from taking photos.

"I didn't take anyone's photo but of the beach. I wasn't on any assignment," explained Sever.

According to the media, the restaurant owner believes that the cove where the restaurant is located is theirs, even though there is no proof of that in the land records.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

More Fires Near Sibenik, Roads Closed, 3 Canadairs in Action

August 2, 2022 - More fires near Sibenik, with roads closes and 3 Canadairs providing aerial firefighting support.

As reported by Index.hr, with live updates:

More fires near Šibenik, closed guide ring road, 3 canards arrived

A LITTLE before noon, several fires broke out in the wider Šibenik area. It is burning on the highway at the turn for Jadrija (there are two fires there) and in Dubrava in the direction of the Podi industrial zone. Canadians arrived to help.

2 minutes ago

Police: Journalists are asked not to try to pass the roadblocks
"Three fires are currently active in the area of ​​the Šibenik-Knin County, two of which are in the area of ​​the Vodice ring road at the turns towards Jadrija and Srima. The third fire is in the area of ​​Dubrava.

Due to the work of the firefighters, the following roads are currently closed:

Section D-8 (Adriatic highway) from the turn onto the Benkovac road to the end of the Vodice ring road

Podi-Dubrava section.

Journalists who are in the vicinity of the fire are asked not to try to pass by the roadblocks," the police reported.

21 minutes ago

Three Canadair fire-fighting plans have arrived

As we learned from Vodice firefighters, three Canadairs have arrived to help them a few minutes before 1 p.m., and all available firefighting forces are on the ground.

So far, it is not close to buildings, except for a couple of agricultural houses, they added.

You can't go to Šibenik from Vodice, they say.

"Within 5 minutes, it started burning in three places," the firefighters told us. Two fires are burning near the turn for Jadrija and one near Šibenik's Dubrava.

27 minutes ago

Notice of HAK (Croatian Roads)

Due to the fire, the section between the Šibenik bridge and the end of the guide ring road has been closed. The detour is on the state road DC27 towards Benkovac.

41 minutes ago

There are more fires

According to the first information, it is burning in two places between Vodice and Jadrija, and the fire also broke out near Dubrava.

43 minutes ago

Closed Vodice ring road

The commander of JVP Vodice, Ivan Begić, told Sibenik.in portal that the Vodice bypass towards the Hacienda club is closed.

You can follow the latest on Index here.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Croatia Registers 1038 New COVID Cases, 10 Related Deaths

ZAGREB, 2 August, 2022 - Croatia has registered 1038 new COVID cases and 10 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the national COVID response team reported on Tuesday.

Currently, there are 8,309 active cases in the country, including 673hospitalised patients, 26 of whom are on ventilators, while 4,580 people are self-isolating. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 1,187,825 COVID cases have been recorded in Croatia; 16,336 patients have died as a consequence and 1,163,180 have recovered. 

To date, 59.57% of the total population, or 70.85% of adults, have been vaccinated.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Biograd na Moru as a (not so) Alternative Destination

August 2, 2022 – Don’t fancy the crowds of Split or Dubrovnik? Finding accommodation on the islands has become a bit complicated? Don’t worry, we’ll sort you out with an underdog, Biograd na Moru.

The national media are beaming with pride reporting record overnight stays, music festivals are back in full force, and the motorways are finally paying off again. Croatian tourism is where we all hoped it would be. In fact, we’re running out of space with the most popular destinations including the famous cities, Istrian villages, and the islands of Dalmatia. It’s time to start looking for alternatives. We tried telling you to go see Lika and Gorski Kotar, Slavonija and Baranja, but we do understand the desire to stay close to the sea. This is why today we will share a little gem that has got it all. Welcome to Biograd na Moru, famous among Croatians and Czechs, but still waiting to be fully discovered.

The little town of some 6000 residents is located only 30 km south of Zadar and about 50 km north of Šibenik, or 130 km from Split. It is nestled between two bays and overlooks the most indented part of the Adriatic coast. Surrounded by national parks and nature parks, it boasts plenty of tourist and recreational facilities but keeps a calm, homely atmosphere even in the height of summer. Get to know this charming little place through our top list of activities in Biograd na Moru. Here are some of our favourites that we suggest you try this summer:

Beach Hop

Whether you are the type to go for an early morning run and swim, like to chill all day or go late night dipping, you will find a spot that suits your needs. With the most famous ones being Bošana, Dražica, and Soline, Biograd offers a variety of terrain and conditions on its beaches. They range from pebbles and rocks, an open swimming pool for training, to a sandy beach perfect for the little ones. There is plenty of space both in the sun and in the shade. For perfect comfort, we suggest renting a lounge and/or an umbrella. As for sustenance and entertainment, you can find pretty much anything there. The little stands include everything from bakeries, fast food and ice cream to fresh fruit and salads. As for the little ones, there are water slides, aqua parks, playgrounds and attractions such as VR.

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Early morning at the beaches of Biograd. Photos by Author

Chase Sunsets

Thanks to the neighbouring islands being so dense and so close to Biograd, a sunset will look different depending on where you stand. If you plan it just right, you could have it so that you can still see the sun nesting between the islands from one point when it’s not visible from another point just a few hundred metres down. Whether you want to see it reflecting in the sea, disappearing behind Pašman, or glistening through the trees, one thing is always true – every sunset is more beautiful than the previous.

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Photos by Author

Count the Islands

The big ones, the one with the lighthouse, the heart-shaped island… Ugljan, Pašman, Dugi Otok, Sv. Katarina, and Galešnjak can all be seen from Biograd or places nearby. Hop on a ferry and visit some of them, or try counting and naming them while having your afternoon swim, we promise it’s fun both ways!

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Galešnjak Island, photo by PIXSELL (Filip Brala)

Eat and Drink

With pubs and restaurants densely populating the entire stretch of the beach, as well as the city centre, we challenge you to stay hungry or thirsty in Biograd! Start with brunch at the beach, have your afternoon iced coffee in the shade of one of the beach bars, go about your evening enjoying some fresh local seafood followed by Italian-inspired gelato, and of course, round it all up with a cocktail or two right by the sea. If you prefer cooking at home, get up early to catch the local fishermen coming back from their nightly catch and buy some of the best fish directly from them, or visit the local market for more fresh produce. As for edible souvenirs, you can never go wrong with some dried figs and olive oil which are produced in something like every other house. If you notice fruit or olives in backyards, try knocking on their doors and finding out if you can buy some to take home. Chances are, it won’t take more than a few knocks to declare mission success.

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Photos by Author

Get Some Movement In

After you’ve eaten and fed your entire family, never go swimming! Embrace the healthy Dalmatian ways and chill in the shade for a bit until it all settles down. Only after a little nap under the pines will you be ready to move. The 4 km stretch by the sea should be enough for recreational joggers, and if you get up early you will be rewarded by the sun rising above the pines in the most charming of ways. If you prefer running long distances or cycling, we suggest heading out of Biograd, and following the Adriatic Highway towards Zadar for some truly breathtaking views. With most of it being covered with cycling paths, it is suitable for all kinds of activity. It will take you through a few charming little villages, but its true beauty lies in the fact that for the most part, it passes right by the sea and provides perfect little private swimming spots.

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Photo by Adventure Park Biograd

Go on an Adventure

If swimming, running or cycling doesn’t cut it for you, and you need a little bit of adrenaline to spice up your day, try one of the activities at the beach, in the forests, or nearby. Our favourite beach activities include parasailing and jet skiing, followed by renting a SUP and exploring the bays. If you’re looking to entertain the whole family, you can also rent a paddle boat and try sliding down into the open sea. Needless to say, always make sure the weather conditions are right and listen to the advice of experts to stay safe! For those who aren’t afraid of heights, check out Adventure Park Biograd and test your climbing, hanging and ziplining skills, or head out for a day of rides in Fun Park Mirnovec.

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Photo by PIXSELL (Dino Stanin)

Discover Vransko Jezero

Tired of the beach, had too much ice cream, or maybe the sea is too salty? Head out to Lake Vrana, a nature park just a short drive from Biograd, which is also the largest lake in Croatia. With an area of 30.2 km2, it makes up its own ecosystem, with interesting flora and fauna. It is filled with brackish water and is home to many species of fish and birds. The area of the park also encompasses a few localities dating as far back as the 9th century. Even if you’re only out for a day of birdwatching and walking, there is plenty to see. If you’re looking for a more active visit, try renting a bicycle or a kayak, or hike to one of the viewpoints to see the Kornati National Park from above.

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Photos by PIXSELL (Hrvoje Jelavic and Dusko Jaramaz)

For more, check out our lifestyle section.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Head of KBC Osijek Gynaecology Clinic Dismissed over Unsuccessful Abortion

ZAGREB, August 2, 2022 - The head of the Gynaecology and Obstetrics Clinic at the KBC Osijek hospital was dismissed after a Health Ministry inspection had found irregularities in the case of an unsuccessful termination of pregnancy in March this year, the hospital's directorate confirmed to Hina on Monday.

The inspection was conducted on the initiative of Health Minister Vili Beroš after a patient had told the media that the Gynaecology Clinic had failed to terminate her pregnancy.

Due to the irregularities observed in the work of the clinic, KBC Osijek director had decided to dismiss the head of the Gynaecology and Obstetrics Clinic as the responsible person.

The KBC Osijek Directorate said they had acted in accordance with the inspection report, stressing that they had carried out internal control before the inspection.

The inspection at the KBC Osijek Gynaecology Clinic was carried out following an unsuccessful termination of pregnancy, after which the patient had again tested pregnant. Unsatisfied with the hospital's statement, Minister Beroš sent inspectors to the hospital.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Plenković Hopes Schmidt will Take Steps in Favour of Croats in BiH

ZAGREB, August 2, 2022 - Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković expressed hope on Monday that the international community's High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Christian Schmidt, will take steps to ensure at least minimal equality for Croats after the elections in that country on 2 October.

"We hope that the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Christian Schmidt, will take steps that will ensure at least minimal equality for Croats after the elections on 2 October," Plenković said during a visit to the southern town of Imotski.

He said that the Croatian government stands "firmly with Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina," but not in a way that insults Schmidt and dissuades him from making a decision in favour of the Croats, as  President Milanović does.

"We are doing that by discussing the substance of the matter with him, to clarify why it would be good for him to do something," Plenković added.

Commenting on the "sabre rattling", he underscored that Croatia "projects stability both as a member of the EU and NATO" and that it is a country that has solved all its national tasks, united its national territory, which will join the euro and Schengen areas this year, and which takes care of Croats outside Croatia, especially Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a constituent people.

He recalled that Bakir Izetbegović has now openly admitted that he negotiated in bad faith, that he conducted the negotiations in such a way as to maintain the status quo.

"That is unacceptable and, in my opinion, it is not very politically smart for him. In fact, it is even disqualifying because it means that you are trying to deceive those with whom you are negotiating, including the international community," the prime minister said.

He pointed to the "huge difference" between the governments in Zagreb and Sarajevo, and noted that the orchestrated pressure from political parties, through the protests in Sarajevo and the threats that Schmidt experienced, certainly did not contribute to making his decision a few days ago, but that he would make a decision after a while.

Plenković is convinced that Bosniak political stakeholders will not change their position. "In my opinion, I don't see how, after key political actors on the Bosniak side have openly said 'we negotiated to pass the time,' how can you expect them to suddenly agree on something at the eleventh hour," Plenković wondered.

Insist on stability, peace and dialogue in Kosovo

Referring to the situation between Kosovo and Serbia, after Priština announced on Sunday that it would regulate number plates as of 1 August, Plenković said that "the issue of number plates has been on the agenda for years."

"As far as I am aware, the Kosovo government has postponed the implementation of their decision for a month. We think it will be resolved by then," said Plenković, calling for "stability, peace and dialogue" to avoid any tensions or even possible conflicts in the north of Kosovo. "That is our general policy and I think we should insist on it."

The Kosovo government announced on Sunday it was ready to postpone the implementation of measures banning entry into Kosovo for people with Serbian ID cards and regulating number plates until 1 September, when the barricades are expected to be removed and freedom of movement fully restored on all roads in the north of Kosovo.

Earlier, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić called on Kosovo and Western countries that support Priština to "come to their senses" in order to avoid possible conflicts after the Kosovo government's administrative decisions, which are disputed by Belgrade, while Priština sees them as an expression of sovereignty.

These are reciprocal measures, because Serbia has not allowed the entry of Kosovo citizens with Kosovo documents for 11 years, but instead issues them with special permits.

'Milanović has caused damage to Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina'

Journalists in Imotski also asked Plenković when the arguments with President Zoran Milanović will end. Milanović said previously that they would end when the Prime Minister "steps into his shoes."

"God forbid anyone in his shoes, let alone me. He is a big pest who has done enormous damage, above all to the Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I am telling them this so that they understand and realise what he did was undermining the efforts to help, both the international community and also the high representative and other stakeholders. To step into his shoes would mean doing harm to Croatia or the Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina," Plenković said.

He admitted that "some people there think that (Milanović) is doing good." "Here are the results of his policy," Plenković said.

He said that Milanović is fighting with everyone, journalists, commentators, minorities and so on. "So his shoes don't fit me," Plenković concluded.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

NordLayer: Croatia High Up on Global Digital Nomad List

August the 2nd, 2022 - NordLayer's Global Remote Work Index (GRWI) has produced a global ranking of the best countries for remote work. The American cyber security company has ranked Croatia 22nd out of a total of 66 countries, thanks to its high level of security, openness, quality of life, knowledge of the English language and tourism development.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marija Crnjak writes, on top of all of the above, the Republic of Croatia has numerous advantages compared to first-ranked Germany or indeed the Netherlands, which have a higher cost of living, and in terms of cyber security, Croatia is better than most comparable countries with a warm climate.

The weakest link for Croatia as a desirable country for digital nomads is the infrastructure, from internet speed to the (lack of) digitisation of public services, and it could be better in managing the pandemic.

NordLayer's Global Remote Work Index (GRWI) is otherwise tool for digital professionals used to assess and compare the attractiveness of 66 countries as remote work locations, based on four sets of criteria.

Cyber ​​security, economic and social conditions, digital and physical infrastructure and the response to the global coronavirus pandemic are looked into (covering 10 percent of the total criteria), and only highly reliable and up-to-date data and analyses are used in determining GRWI.

Remote work, which a few years ago seemed to do nothing but raise eyebrows, is now becoming a serious trend in the way people travel and live, partly due to the global pandemic. The results of a Gartner analysis show that hybrid and remote work increased after the outbreak of that unprecedented public health crisis.

Back in pre-pandemic 2019, remote employees accounted for 17 percent of the total number of employees across the world, last year this share stood at 32 percent remote and 51 percent hybrid work, and the findings show that by the end of 2022, more than half of the employees across Europe, as many as 52 percent of them, now work remotely.

Judging by the GRWI index, Europe is the best place for engaging in remote work, with as many as 8 of the 10 leading countries on this ranking, led by Germany, followed by Denmark, the USA, Spain, Lithuania, the Netherlands, then Sweden, Estonia, Singapore and France.

European countries rank highest in cybersecurity thanks in part to GDPR, relative political stability, reasonable local prices, reduced travel restrictions and less need for work visas.

Most of the countries with high English proficiency are also some of the most expensive, such as the US, the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany. The cost of living factor greatly reduces the viability of telecommuting in these countries. NordLayer declared Lithuania a hidden gem for remote work, which was in the top 5 on their list and in 4th place in all of Europe.

Lithuania continues to attract the attention of business investors, making it a fast-growing centre for workers in various fields. This country with probably the fastest internet on the planet ranks second in terms of cyber security, and in terms of internet accessibility, it ranks third in the GRWI ranking.

The best place in the Mediterranean has been occupied by Spain. As an extremely strong tourist destination, it is in 10th place in terms of safety, and the country's attractiveness was not damaged by the shortcomings in terms of internet availability, a very average knowledge of English and the cost of living.

Croatia is even better than Spain in terms of cyber security, which is why it is in a high 6th place out of a total of 66 countries in the entire world. This aspect also includes the legal capacity to protect remote workers, their data, privacy and online work.

Croatia also holds a high position in the aspect of social and economic attractiveness, in which the country is in 11th place on the GRWI scale. This means that the country has political stability, affordable local prices and is very accessible. The population of such destinations is open and communicates easily in English. Croatia is also helped by its tourist attractiveness.

Co-working spaces with high-speed internet are essential for remote workers and digital nomads, and good general infrastructure is essential for leading a comfortable life, NordLayer claims. That's where Croatia continues to be the weakest, stuck in an unenviable 43rd place.

The fact that the Republic of Croatia still has a lot of work to do in this segment is shown by the very recently published Economic and Social Digitisation Index for 2022, according to which Croatia is in 21st place among the 27 EU member states.

As pointed out in the report issued by the European Commission (EC), despite the good results in digital skills, there is still a shortage of experts in information and communication technologies across Croatia, which significantly affects the integration of digital technologies in companies. In addition to that, although Croatia has some very good results in terms of open data, this is unfortunately reduced by poor results in the field of digital public services.

For more on working remotely in Croatia, make sure to check out our digital nomads section.

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