Monday, 1 August 2022

Croatia Registers 48 New COVID Cases, 13 Deaths

ZAGREB, 1 August, 2022 - Croatia has registered 48 new COVID cases and 13 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the national COVID response team reported on Monday.

Currently, there are 8,340 active cases in the country, including 696 hospitalised patients, 23 of whom are on ventilators, while 4,850 people are self-isolating. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 1,186,787 COVID cases have been recorded in Croatia; 16,326 patients have died as a consequence and 1,162,121 have recovered. 

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

Monday, 1 August 2022

Božinović: Cause of Orašac Wildfire and Fireman's Death being Investigated

ZAGREB, 1 August, 2022 - Police are investigating the cause of the wildfire that broke out at Orašac, near Dubrovnik, on Sunday and the death of the fireman Goran Komlenac, Interior Minister Davor Božinović said on Monday.  

Božinović said that Komlenac was one of the most competent and best-trained firefighters at the Dubrovnik public fire service and that he died as a hero trying to save others. He added that the government would take care of his wife and two small children.

Božinović said that right now Croatia had four Canadairs and four Air Tractors, adding that Defence Minister Mario Banožić would talk to the Aircraft Repair and Maintenance Centre to ensure that another Canadair and another Air Tractor were ready for use within the next few days.

Božinović noted that Croatia had initiated joint procurement through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and would be among the first to get new Canadair planes.

"There will be a growing need for joint firefighting forces, but this will be least necessary in Croatia because we are possibly best organised. Our Canadairs helped put out wildfires in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Slovenia,  we help others whenever we can," he said.

The Orašac wildfire is under control and the site is being guarded by 30 firefighters, county fire chief Stjepan Simović said.

President Zoran Milanović, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković have extended their condolences on the death of the firefighter Goran Komlenac.

Monday, 1 August 2022

Government Dismisses Deputy PM's Chief-of-Staff after Causing Road Accident

ZAGREB, 1 August, 2022 - Deputy Prime Minister Anja Šimpraga's chief of staff Dalibor Šemper has been dismissed from his post following a hit-and-run accident on Friday, in which he seriously injured a child while driving under the influence of alcohol.

The decision was made during a government conference call on Monday.

Šemper (45) has been remanded in one-month pre-trial detention, which was ordered due to the danger of interfering with witnesses and repeating the crime.

The Karlovac Municipal Prosecutor's Office has accused him of turning onto the opposite side of the road and hitting a 10-year-old child while under the influence of alcohol.

The child suffered multiple serious injuries, and the driver is suspected of not helping him after the accident even though he could have. Šemper drove away from the scene, but was stopped by members of the public who had witnessed the incident.

The injured boy was transferred to the Gospić General Hospital and from there to the KBC Zagreb hospital, where he underwent surgery on Saturday. His condition is stable.

Deputy Prime Minister Anja Šimpraga said on Saturday she would initiate the procedure for Šemper's dismissal.

Monday, 1 August 2022

Price of Petrol Capped at HRK 12, Diesel at HRK 12.80 from Tomorrow

ZAGREB, 1 August, 2022 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Monday that the government will react and decide on fuel prices every Monday if necessary.

"We are continuing to work for the benefit of citizens and the economy. We will be agile and adaptable and, if necessary, we will introduce new measures every Monday during government conference calls," Plenković said during a visit to the southern town of Imotski.

During a conference call on Monday, the government capped the price of petrol at HRK 12 per litre and the price of diesel at HRK 12.80 per litre as of Tuesday, while a litre of blue-dyed diesel will cost HRK 9.16 per litre, which are lower prices than last week's. 

The highest retail prices for all petroleum products with added multifunctional additives are still determined freely.

Plenković also pointed out that last weekend Croatian motorways had the best weekend in terms of the number of vehicles and tolls collected so far.

"We have to see that the government remains agile and adaptable and to intervene whenever necessary, of course keeping in mind that this is the tourist season. This is an important moment for the income of all those involved in tourism, but also for the state, to increase the fiscal capacity for possible interventions when needed, and that will be in the autumn," Plenković said.

Monday, 1 August 2022

More than 10 Million Tourists in Croatia So Far in 2022

ZAGREB, 1 August, 2022 - During the first seven months of 2022, Croatia saw 10.3 million arrivals and 54.3 million overnight stays, or 60% more arrivals and 46% more overnight stays than in the same period of 2021, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports reported on Monday.

The ministry reported that this is the preliminary data of the eVisitor system on tourist traffic in commercial and non-commercial facilities and boat charters.

Foreign tourists accounted for 47.8 million overnight stays, and domestic for 6.6 million.

The results so far account for 89% of the arrivals and 95% of the overnight stays reported in the same period of the record year 2019.

The most tourist overnight stays were reported in Istria County (15.8 million), Split-Dalmatia County (9.9 million) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (9.5 million), followed by Zadar County (7.7 million), Dubrovnik-Neretva County (4.1 million) and Šibenik-Knin County (3.4 million).

"After very good results in the first six months of this year, interest in Croatia was great also in July, for which results are almost the same as in 2019. As many as 215,000 more tourists were registered from markets such as Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Austria compared to July 2019," Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac said.

August is usually the most intensive month of the year in terms of tourist turnover and we expect this good trend to continue and to be accompanied by excellent financial results, added Brnjac.

Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) Director Kristjan Staničić said that the July results were almost the same as in the record-breaking 2019, while some destinations even exceeded those results.

We still have prime tourist weekends and weeks ahead of us, when more than 1.2 million guests will be staying in our country on a daily basis, he pointed out.

In July, more than 4.5 million tourists visited Croatia

During July, there were 4.5 million arrivals and 29.4 million overnight stays, or 18% more arrivals and 16% more overnight stays than in July 2021.

The results in July account for 98% of arrivals and 96% of overnight stays reported in July 2019.

Monday, 1 August 2022

Average Monthly Net Pay Highest in ICT Sector, Analysis Shows

ZAGREB, 1 August, 2022 - The highest average net monthly salary in 2021 was paid in the ICT sector, amounting to HRK 9,584, 50.9% more than the national average in the business sector, shows an analysis by the Financial Agency (FINA).

In 2021 the average monthly net pay of 964,742 persons employed in 144,259 businesses subject to profit tax payment (not including financial institutions), was HRK 6,350, an increase of 6.1% from 2020, when the average pay amounted to HRK 5,985.

Fina's analysis shows that businesses in three activities - manufacturing, commerce and construction - accounted for 55.5% of all employed persons, with the average monthly pay in construction and commerce being below the national average in the entire business sector.

The average pay in the manufacturing industry, which in 2021 had 15,634 businesses with 236,151 employees, was HRK 6,525.

In commerce, where there were 28,507 businesses employing 190,955 workers, the average monthly pay was HRK 6,230 while the average net pay in the construction sector was HRK 5,597.

In the manufacturing industry, wages rose 7.3% from 2020, the retail and wholesale sector saw a pay increase of 6.8% and the construction sector an increase of 4.2%.

The ICT sector reported the highest average pay in 2021, HRK 9,584, 8.3% up from the sector average in 2020, and 50.9% more than the average pay in the entire business sector.

The ICT sector in 2021 employed 43,999 workers and had 7,666 businesses.

The activity of electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply in 2021 had 914 businesses and 14,179 workers and the second highest average pay, of HRK 8,679 or 36.7% above the national average and 4.7% more than in 2020.

In mining and quarrying the average net monthly pay in 2021 was HRK 8,087, 1.6% down from the sector average in 2020 but 27.4% more than the average pay in the business sector in 2021. Last year there were 224 businesses specialising in mining and quarrying and they employed 3,468 workers.

A total of 537 businesses specialising in financial and insurance activities, not including banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions, in 2021 employed 5,482 workers and had an average monthly pay of HRK 7,960, a year-on-year increase of 4.4%.

The lowest average monthly pay in 2021 was reported in education, with 1,698 businesses employing 7,563 workers whose average pay was HRK 4,994; Other service activities, with 4,624 businesses employing 11,430 workers whose average pay was HRK 4,995; and Administration and auxiliary services, where the average monthly pay amounted to HRK 5,050.

In tourism and hospitality, there were 13,311 businesses employing 71,175 workers and their average net pay was HRK 5,109.

(€1 = HRK 7.514109)

Monday, 1 August 2022

2-Year Montenegro Digital Nomad Visa Announced by Jan de Jong

August 1, 2022 - The Montenegro Digital Nomad Visa has become a reality, announced President of the Digital Nomad Association Croatia, Jan de Jong.

Goog things come to those who wait...

Nine months ago, TCN reported that a Montenegro digital nomad visa would be introduced in early 2022, with the President of Digital Nomad Association Croatia, Jan de Jong, one of the instigators. 

De Jong,  whose LinkedIn letter to Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic was the catalyst to Croatia's digital nomad permit last year, has been an avid promoter of the digital nomad movement, and he had some good news for those looking to spend up to two years, extendable by another two, in Croatia's southern neighbour:

And it's official! Montenegro ?? has followed into the footsteps of its neighbour, Croatia - by introducing it's digital nomad visa!

Digital nomads can now apply for a 2-year permit, which can be prolonged with an additional 2 years. Wow! 

During those 2+2 years, digital nomads are exempt from paying income tax in Montenegro. 

The entire Adriatic region has so much to offer to digital nomads - so it's great to see Montenegro making strategic decisions welcoming remote work professionals by granting them staying permits. 

I would like to thank former Minister Tamara Srzentić MS MBA & Milovan Novakovic MRICS for kicking off and leading this initiative in Montenegro. Svaka čast! 

For those digital nomads whose Croatian DN-permit expires - you now have a chance to stay in the region 

Digital nomads - welcome to the most beautiful part of Europe...the Adriatic region! 

Pozdrav,

Jan de Jong

President Digital Nomad Association Croatia

Exciting times for the region. You can follow the latest news and features regarding digital nomads in Croatia in the dedicated TCN section

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Monday, 1 August 2022

Firefighter Goran Komlenac, 42, Dies Battling Fire Near Dubrovnik

August 1, 2022 - "He lives in the hearts of those he saved." Tragedy as firefighter Goran Komlenac dies tackling last night's fire near Dubrovnik, reports Index.hr.

A 42-year-old member of the Dubrovnik Fire Brigade, Goran Komlenac from Orašac, has died. This information was also confirmed by the Croatian Fire Brigade Association. They wrote that the investigation into the causes of the death is ongoing and that the information will be known to the public after the investigation is completed.

Chief fire chief Slavko Tucaković expressed his condolences on the occasion of this tragic event.

"In these difficult moments for the Croatian fire department, on behalf of the Croatian Fire Association and on my own behalf, I express my sincere condolences to the family and colleagues of the firefighter who passed away prematurely. The firefighter lives forever in the hearts of those he saved," said Tucaković.

As a reminder, four Canadians and 80 firefighters managed to stop the spread of the fire that broke out around noon above the Dubrovnik settlement of Orašac yesterday.

From 12:30 p.m. until the evening, firefighters fought the fire that consumed 87 hectares of dense pine forest in the area of ​​Orašac - Gromače near Zaton (Dubrovnik). The firefighters defended the houses near Ljubač, brought the fire under control and were on duty all night.

Monday, 1 August 2022

From Rovinj to Vukovar, Join the TCN Community Cost of Living Checker

August 1, 2022 - Prices are rising, and they vary a LOT across Croatia. We are looking for volunteers to join the TCN cost of living checker community initiative. Are you in?

We live in very uncertain times - pandemics, wars, and economic slowdown. Things seem to change every week, including prices. Rising inflation is sadly a global reality, and the imminent introduction of the Euro to Croatia will also have an impact.

There are other factors too, such as the tourist season, where some supermarkets inflate prices in the peak months to maximise profits.

So just how much are prices rising, how much more will they rise with the Euro, and what are the differences in prices around the country?

In an experiment at community participation, we are testing the TCN cost of living checker and asking for volunteers from around the country to collect information on prices of a selected set of staple items with popular brands, as well as the price of gas and electricity where you are, and to fill in a simple form once a month for an initial 6 months. 

If we get a good response, this will help our data partners extrapolate a number of reports which should make quite interesting reading - how much prices are rising, which items are getting more expensive, what are the differences in price in and out of the season, as well as between different destinations.

Here is the list of items we have selected, filled in from the Konzum Online store by way of demonstration.

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All we ask is that you commit to going to the same supermarket once a month and marking the prices in kuna (and preferably euro, but Excel can calculate that), as well as any notes, such as are they on special offer (akcija). A photo of the front of the store would also be requested. And the price per kW and m3 of your monthly gas and electricity bill. 

Please note that we are looking for different supermarkets, not just Konzum, and all participants will be credited (unless they prefer not to be).

We would like to cover at least 20 places if possible - so far, we have volunteers for Zagreb Centre, Zagreb Crnomerec, Pula, Osijek, Vukovar, Dubrovnik, Hvar, and Trogir.

We would love to include as many as possible, including Split (centre), Split (suburbs), Makarska, Krk, Zadar, Sibenik, Rijeka, Rovinj, Karlovac, Varazdin, Slavonski Brod, Sinj, and Cakovec. All others welcome.

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Above is the simple blank form to fill in - I can email a bigger version if required.

If there is enough interest to get involved, we will make this a regular monthly feature tracking the changes in prices and the variations between destinations. Which place in Croatia do you think will be the cheapest, and which the most expensive?

If you would like to get involved, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Subject Survey (Destination name), and I will be in touch with more details. Would like to start this week. It might even be fun...

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Monday, 1 August 2022

Swearing in Croatian - The Curious Creativity of the K Word

August the 1st, 2022 - We've explored the infamous J word and the equally infamous P word, and as we make our way through the alphabet (in no particular order, might I add) in our swearing in Croatian series, we need to look at a letter that is just as diverse and creative as both J and P, the glorious letter K. 

K is the first letter of the word kurac, which, unlike the letter P which focuses entirely on the female sexual organ, focuses on the male one. And, just like the P word, swearing in Croatian and using the K word can be used in all sorts of situations, in fact, it wouldn't really be out of place in just about any situation your mind can think of. Let's delve deeper.

Isti kurac - Literally, ''the same dick'', but the correct English translation would simply be ''the same shit''. Bottled water and that free stuff you get from the tap? The same shit. All political parties? The same shit. 

Za misji kurac - Literally, ''for a mouse's dick''. Struggling to make sense of just when the sexual organ of a small, impossibly cute rodent might be used in a sentence? I'll help you out. ''God, that missed us by a mouse's dick!''. ''That was close! For a mouse's dick!''

Turski kurac - Literally, a ''Turkish dick''. You'd use this when describing someone who is pushy and/or aggressive in their approach. ''He came at me like a damn Turkish dick!''

Truli kurac - Something worthless, useless, a waste of time and energy. Something might also mean someone in this case, too.

Boli me kurac - This is a funny one, it literally translates to ''my dick hurts'', but not in the sense you're thinking. Context is important when it comes to swearing in Croatian. The best way to really translate this would be ''I don't give a shit'' ''Like I give a shit'' ''I couldn't care less'' or ''I'm not bothered at all'' about whatever the issue at hand is.

Pun mi je kurac - ''My dick is full''. No, really. But it doesn't mean it in the literal sense. This is used when you're describing to someone just how much you've had enough of something. It's a bit like saying you're at the end of your rope or you've had enough of something (negative) to last you a lifetime. It can also be used how the Brits use the bizarre measurement of a ''f*ck tonne'' of something. ''She has a f*ck tonne of shoes, surely she can lend you a pair'' would be ''Ona ima pun kurac cipela, valjda ti moze posuditi jedne'' in Croatian.

Kurac od ovce - Quite literally, ''a sheep's dick''. In British English, you'd probably translate this as ''easy peasy'' if you were using the child friendly version, or if you're speaking freely in a room of adults, you'd probably say ''it was a piece of piss'' (which is a very amusing British English term, because urine is a liquid, and I'm not sure how one obtains a ''piece of piss'', but I digress). It's used to describe something very easy, something that was a piece of cake, and sometimes if something (or even someone) was worthless or a waste of time. Again, context is the best thing to look at when dropping sheep genitals into any given conversation.

(S)kurcan - To be listless in some way. To be neither here nor there.

M(a)rs/goni se u kurac - To put it politely, to go forth and multiply. To return to wherever you came from, or to get lost/to piss off.

Kurcina - Something went horribly wrong or in a way it definitely shouldn't have.

Za kurac - Literally ''for the dick''. It's a bit like saying something has ''gone to the dogs'' in British English terminology. It's when something is worthless, pointless, meaningless, or something that has gone to hell/to rot.

Ici na kurac - Used when something is getting on your nerves or irritating you.

Evo ti kurac - ''You're getting nothing.''

Kurac cu to napraviti - ''There's no way I'm going to do that.''

Kurcic - Literally, ''a small dick''. This is used to refer to an unimportant person, particularly in cases when said person thinks they're something special.

Koji kurac? - ''What the f*ck?''

 

For more on Croatian language and of course, swearing in Croatian, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

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