Friday, 23 December 2022

Check Where and When to do Last-Minute Holiday Shopping in Croatia

December 23, 2022 - With Christmas only two days away, many are yet to do their holiday shopping, and many shops will have different working hours than usual. Read on to find out where to do your last-minute shopping in Croatia.

Poslovni lists the holiday hours of a few different shops. Konzum's stores will be running on a special schedule this year. They will not be open on Christmas Day, December 25, and St. Stephen's Day, December 26, while on Christmas Eve, December 24, and New Year's Day, December 31, they will work with reduced hours.

VELPRO stores will work according to a special schedule for the coming holidays, and customers can check the details on the VELPRO website.

The Kaufland shopping chain will also work different hours during the coming holidays; on Christmas Eve, 24 December, all Kaufland stores will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On New Year's Day, 31 December, all Kaufland stores will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Christmas and St. Stephen's Day, so on 25 and 26 December 2022, as well as on 1 January 2023, Kaufland stores will remain closed. On 6 January 2023, store opening hours will be shortened and differ from location to location, which you can check at https://www.kaufland.hr/usluge/poslovnica.html by entering the branch you are interested in.

Lidl, on the other hand, has reduced hours on Christmas Eve until 2:00 p.m., and on Sunday and Monday, the stores are closed.

Check the working hours of SPAR and INTERSPAR here and for Plodine on their official websites.

Shopping centres

You can check Arena Centar working hours and details here.

Most shops in the Avenue Mall in Zagreb will be closed for the holidays except for some catering facilities. You can check the details here.

Check the opening hours of City Center One West during the Christmas and New Year holidays here.

Tower Centar Rijeka is open until 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and you can check the details here.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated Lifestyle section.

Friday, 23 December 2022

Looking for a Job in Croatia? This Week's Top 10 from Posao.hr (December 23, 2022)

December 23, 2022 - Looking for a job in Croatia? A new weekly feature on TCN, in partnership with leading job site agency, Posao.hr, who present a selection of weekly job listings.

How hard is it to find a job in Croatia, and what is on offer?

We spoke to Ines Bokan, director of leading jobs site Posao.hr, who kindly took the time for this excellent interview overview.  

Ines has kindly agreed to work with us on a new weekly feature on TCN - a weekly selection of 10 job listings, as chosen by Posao.hr.  Details and links to the job opportunities below in the latest edition of this feature.

Eumetsat is hiring a Contracts Administrator and ERP Procurement Specialist (m/f) for work in Darmstadt, Germany. The company is offering an excellent salary of up to 5500€ net per month, flexible working time, full medical coverage, and much more. Apply via this link by Jan 19th.

Falkensteiner Hotelmanagement d.o.o. is looking or a Event Marketing Manager (m/f) in Zadar, Croatia. The company is offering a competitive salary, all-inclusive onboarding, an employee discount, and much more. Apply by Jan 20th by clicking here.

Future HR is hiring a Sales and Marketing Manager (m/f) in Zagreb, Croatia. If you are familiar with the Tourism industry, have at least 4 years of experience in the relevant areas and proven experience managing social media accounts and websites, this is a great opportunity for you! Apply here until Dec 29th.

BHS Corrugated strojevi d.o.o. is looking for a Multinational apprenticeship – an Industrial mechanic (m/w/d) for mechanical engineering and plant construction in Varaždin, Croatia. All the details and requirements can be viewed via this link, and applications can be submitted until Dec 31st.

Next Step career network is hiring a Night Audit (m/f) in Vienna, Austria. The net monthly salary is 1.800€, with 14 full salaries a year and 40-hour weeks. All the details are available here, and applications are open until Jan 20th.

Adecco Hrvatska d.o.o. is hiring a Customer Support Team Leader (m/f) for their client. If you are proficient in English and German, as well as MS Office, this is a great chance for you! Click here for more details about the listing and submit your application by Dec 29th!

CCPOTER Sp. z.o.o. is looking for a Sales Advisor with Croatian (m/f) for remote work. Other than 100% work-from-home benefits, they are also offering a competitive basic salary with attractive sales bonuses, flexible working hours, and more! Apply here by Jan 24th.

ImpacTrip is searching for an International Volunteer Programs Coordinator (m/f) in Split, Croatia. The company is offering a competitive salary, paid training in Portugal, and a chance to grow professionally. If you are interested, apply here by Dec 27th.

Manpower & Colliers are searching for a Consultant in Occupier Services Department (m/f) in Zagreb, Croatia. They are offering a mid-level position with opportunity for growth, full-time employment, a great workplace environment, and much more. View all the benefits by clicking here and apply until Jan 2nd.

Workforce Ljudski Potencijali d.o.o. is hiring a Business Analyst (m/f) in Hum na Sutli, Croatia or Vojnić, Croatia. If you have a Master’s in economics or mathematics, strong organizational and writing skills and advances English communication skills, this is a great opportunity for you. Apply here until Jan 5th!

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For more career options and job listings, visit posao.hr.

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Friday, 23 December 2022

[VIDEO] Anti-Pyrotechnics Campaign Starring Cro Football Coach Zlatko Dalic

December 23, 2022 - The Zagreb police presented their traditional Peace and Good action on Thursday, the 22nd of December. This year, they again warned that the consequences of using pyrotechnics can be serious and lasting, especially for children. For that purpose, they also published a video on their YouTube channel starring the Croatian football team coach Zlatko Dalic.

Like in most places, pyrotechnics are quite popular in Croatia during the festive period. Their use, however, often leads to injuries. "Most often, these are injuries to the fingers, hand, arm, and eye, and unfortunately, in some cases, they result in permanent disability," said Zlatko Sekačić from the Zagreb Regional Anti-Explosion Unit, as reported by Index.

The warning was accompanied by a video published on the MUP YouTube channel, in which they warned about the dangers of pyrotechnics. The star of the video is Zlatko Dalic, the coach of the Croatian national football team.

The head of the Prevention Department of the Zagreb Police Department, Velimir Tišma, emphasised that pyrotechnic devices can cause fires, and their use can be exceptionally dangerous in closed spaces and places where a large number of people gather.

"Don't give children something that could hurt them."

"Firecrackers are not toys, so we advise parents to be responsible and not to give children something that could hurt them, not to underestimate children's interest in pyrotechnics, and to refrain from using pyrotechnics," Tišma said.

The Zagreb police point out that from December 15 to January 1, in accordance with the Act on Explosive Substances and the Production and Trade in Weapons, the purchase of some pyrotechnic devices is permitted, while their use is allowed from December 27 to January 1, 2023.

The police also note that permitted pyrotechnic devices are only to be purchased from sellers authorised by the Ministry of Interior.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated Lifestyle section.

Thursday, 22 December 2022

Zagreb Very Merry Wraps Up Digital Nomad Life for 2022

December 22, 2022 - As Zagreb continues to attract more and more digital nomads, the Zagreb Digital Nomad Very Merry event celebrates and closes another successful year.

It is easy to forget that 2.5 years ago, few people in Croatia had heard of the term 'digital nomad', let alone understood how the future of work was about to change. Now everywhere Croatian baka with a room to rent is familiar with the concept of 'digitalni nomadi', a new source of potential tourism information. 

The nomads who were coming to Croatia were generally heading to the coast, to destinations such as Split, Hvar and Zadar, but there was one destination inland which not only saw the opportunity, but also put in motion a strategy to put it on the global digital nomad map - Zagreb. 

The Zagreb Tourist Board, in partnership with Saltwater Nomads and TCN, organised Zagreb Digital Nomad Week in June 2021, followed by the Zagreb Digital Nomad Ambassador Program fo the next 6 months, one of the first IRL events in Europe after the pandemic. If nomads had not heard of Croatia in general and Zagreb in particular, that changed rapidly.

 

As global digital nomad ambassador and keynote speaker, Dean Kuchel said during ZDNW in the interview above, Zagreb ticked the boxes, and the only thing missing in Zagreb's complete offer was more digital nomads. 

Nomads thrive on community, and that community has grown considerably in the 18 months since ZDNW. There are now more than 30 co-working places in the city, with several more set to open, and there are various WhatsApp and Facebook groups connecting the community with regular events. 

They say that good news travels fast, and that was certainly the case with Zagreb's emerging digital nomad story, as they city found itself named in the top 5 most-liked cities in the world on the influential Nomad List survey of 2021 and 2022, as well as in the top 5 co-working hubs.  

Last year's successful start was celebrated with the Zagreb Digital Nomad Jolly Wrap-Up, highlights of which you can see above. This was an overview of the year, hosted by Zagreb Tourist Board and Swanky Travel, bringing together key players, as well as all the six Zagreb Digital Nomad Ambassadors. 

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A similar event was held this year, from December 9-11, as Zagreb Digital Nomad Very Merry brought together nomads, expats and locals to preview upcoming events for 2023, as well as strengthen the community and showcase the diversity of Zagreb and its surroundings, even in winter. With a range of different activities, it was a chance to come together to drink wine, learn about local businesses, network, and explore both the city through a trademark excellent tour by Iva Silla of Secret Zagreb, as well as exploring the wider region with a trip to Zagorje.

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Zagreb Tourist Board CEO Martina Bienenfeld said: "The festive atmosphere of Advent in Zagreb and socializing with nomads, experts from various industries and hosts, attracted numerous participants to our city. Around the world, Europe is the region with the largest number of countries that issue visas for digital nomads, so the recent survey of the community of digital nomads who gather around the Nomad List platform is especially pleasing, according to which Zagreb took second place as the most popular destination this year as well. The British platform Reassured also conducted its research, and our city took fifth place as the best city for digital nomads. Research like this confirms that Zagreb is very well perceived in the world of digital nomads as a city with optimal value for money, quality infrastructure, growing industry, hospitality of the local population and colorful events, which enables digital nomads to conduct business efficiently and easily throughout the year."

The three-day event was diverse.

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DAY 1 ( Friday 9.12.2022 )
• NOT SO SILENT NIGHT at SWANKY MONKEY GARDEN

  •  an evening hangout with drinks and x-mas cookies

DAY 2 ( Saturday 10.12.2022 )
• DECK THE HALL at LE PREMIER HOTEL

  •  press conference with coffee break followed by networking
  • CHRISTMAS CAROL by Iva Silla from SECRET ZAGREB WALKS
  • themed city walking tour

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  • WINE INSTEAD OF WHITE XMAS by ART BOTTEGA
  • Xmas-themed paint & wine art workshop with an opportunity to try out painting skills while drinking wine

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DAY 3 ( Sunday 11.12.2022 )
• WINTER WONDERLAND by SWANKY TRAVEL

  • a day tour visiting a medieval Trakošćan castle + organized traditional lunch at a wonderful countryside estate Vuglec Breg restaurant & winery

A fine way to wrap up another year of Zagreb's progressive digital nomad story. Let's see what 2023 brings. 

Learn more about being a digital nomad in Zagreb from the official tourist board site.

For more news and features on digital nomads in Croatia, follow the dedicated TCN section

Thursday, 22 December 2022

Tourism in Zagreb in 2022: A Year in Review

December 22, 2022 - Tourism in Zagreb returned with a bang in 2022 - a year in review through the eyes of a foreign resident who recently moved to the city. 

For more than the first half of my 20 years in Croatia, Zagreb was a complete unknown to me. The bus station, the train station, the walk to Ban Jelacic Square for meetings, that was about the sum of my interaction with the Croatian capital from my island base on idyllic Hvar. 

And then things changed, slowly at first, but with a steady pace, as my knowledge of Zagreb increased at about the same rate as the city got cooler. Where once the only exotic food on offer was Chinese and Indian, suddenly a plethora of diverse cuisines popped up, a symbol of the growing international flavour of the city, particularly in its status as an EU capital from July, 2013. 

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Others noticed, and when Lonely Planet named Zagreb as its best destination for 2017, it seemed that the city had truly arrived as a tourist destination, now giving Croatia an extra dimension in tourism away from the coast. I, like many others, still did not regard Zagreb as a major tourist destination, but slowly, but surely, the city began to change my - and many other - minds. 

The catalyst for many, of course, was the arrival of Advent in Zagreb on the global stage, seemingly from nowhere. Zagreb was voted Best Christmas Market in Europe, not once, not twice, but three times in a row from 2016-18. In an era where the tourism gurus talk about year-round tourism, here was a destination which brought an entirely new product onto the Croatian tourism market in one of the deadest months of the year. 

Advent may have put Zagreb on the map, but it was certainly not the only thing happening in the tourism calendar in the capital. As my visits to the city grew with work, so did the realisation that Zagreb was actually a pretty cool place to be, that despite being slowed down by the devastating earthquake and pandemic. So much so, in fact, that we decided to move to Zagreb 18 months ago to get a slice of city life after our Dalmatian island origins via Varazdin. 

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(Photo M. Mihaljevic)

And so to 2022, the first full year of me living in the city - a year that began with those COVID masks (remember them?) and a chance to see tourism in Zagreb up close and personal, 12 months a year. 

And what a year it proved to be, as we all returned to a semblance of the old normal. The COVID masks dispersed, how was the 12-month tourism in Zagreb experience?

The first thing to note about tourism in Zagreb is its seasonality. Unlike the coast, where things seem to go from summer to winter, the season to the off-season, Zagreb has the classic four seasons, and with a flagship showcase event to mark each one. 

Since 2017, the Festival of Light in March has been a magical addition to the city's tourism calendar, one of the first events heralding the new tourist season, enticing guests outside to enjoy a spring night in the city and to witness innovative art and the joy of light.

Summer in Zagreb was this year's big discovery, having traditionally spent it on the coast. The city empties of much of the population, and the whole city becomes a stage, one whose parks, streets and squares are filled with the sound of music and entertainment. The pivotal summer event is Zagreb Classic, which is cementing Zagreb as a significant cultural destination, with its array of fantastic open air concerts featuring world-class artists. 

Autumn is magical, and there seems to be a continued focus on art and culture. The main event is art's medicinal answer to acupuncture - Artupunktura, Zagreb Art Therapy. You can read more in the TCN article Artupunktura: Transforming Zagreb into Autumn Art & Culture Hub.

And finally, of course, the arrival of Winter Wonderland in the form of Advent in Zagreb. This year's Advent has had a double feel-good factor, for me at least.  Firstly, it was the first proper Advent since the pandemic, and the programme has been as rich as back in 2019, with popular features such as the ice skating rink on Tomislav Square a reminder of Advent as it once was (Pandemic Who? Advent in Zagreb Returns to 2019 Glory). But this year's Advent also coincided with the timeline of Croatia's incredible run in the World Cup in Qatar, a journey which ended on Sunday with the returning heroes being welcomed home on the main square. Mingling with the thousands of fans as they made their way through Advent highlights such as Zrinjevac was one of the highlights of the year for me. Croatia, Full of Life indeed! 

Wherever I looked during my first full year here, there was an air of quality, diversity and entertainment in the musical offer. After Zagreb had allowed me to finally see some of the icons of my youth live in previous years - Leonard Cohen, Johnny Rotten, and Morrissey, my musical odyssey was complete when I finally got to see The Cure at Zagreb Arena in October. Franz Ferdinand, Skunk Anansie, Placebo, Simple Minds, and Whitesnake all graced the concert halls of Zagreb with their own concerts, while The Killers headlined Zagreb's signature rock festival, InMusic one of several music festivals in the city this year, with Lake Jarun a popular festival destination. 

The World Cup may have been the global sporting event of the year, and it certainly lit up Zagreb, but there was plenty of other action to enjoy locally. April saw the city transformed into a motor sports Mecca, as the WRC Rally came to Croatia, an event followed by some 350,000 people. 

Before that, however, a reminder of the diversity of Zagreb's sporting credentials, as one of the few European cities with immediate proximity to skiing. The Snow Queen Trophy, an accredited Alpine World Cup skiing race, held in early January each year, and won once again by Petra Vlhova.

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(Photo J.Duval)

The opening of the Sljeme cable car this year has made skiing and the winter (and all other seasons) much more accessible to Zagreb citizens and its visitors. Other sporting events which highlighted the city's athletic tradition include the annual Zagreb Marathon and the Boris Hanžeković Memorial meeting, a Zagreb regular since 1951. 

There were food festivals, so many food festivals, with relative newcomers such as the Zagreb Burger Fest now firmly established as a regional leader, and quaint little events such as Little Picnic, allowing people to mix and chill in a relaxed atmosphere. Where there is food, wine is never far away in Croatia, and VINOcom once again led the way, with another splendid 4-day event in November.  

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(Photo credit: Sanjin Kastelan)

But, for me, this new foreign local in his first full year in the city, the thing that stuck me the most was just how much diversity and effort is put in to celebrating art,culture and heritage in Zagreb, 12 months a year. I lost count of the number of times I found myself passing a courtyard, street or square and was seduced by the sound of music. Zagreb is a wonderful city to walk in, and it seems that wherever you go, there is SOMETHING happening. The fact that they have an annual event called Courtyards, which celebrates the various courtyards of the city through art, sums it up for me. Street art, street festivals such as Project Ilica Q'Art when the city's longest street gives way to art, culture and performance is the epitome of that. 

And let's not forget film, an area in which the city excels in festivals in the shape of the Zagreb Film Festival, Zagreb Tourfilm Festival and Zagreb Dox, to name but three. 

12 months, and never a day the same. The four distinct seasons in this most walkable city offers so much more than meets the eye, something I only truly appreciated when actually living here. And, as it the city did not offer enough, the breathtaking offer Around Zagreb helps to make Zagreb a complete destination. 

It is a great city. When are you coming to visit?

 

Thursday, 22 December 2022

Croatian Railways: Three New Trains Released for Traffic

December 22, 2022 - Croatian Railways: three electric trains for urban and suburban transport produced in Končar were put into traffic today, after which a contract for the purchase and sale of battery trains and stable energy connections was signed.

As Index writes, the new trains are part of the rolling stock renewal project of Croatian Railways Passenger Transport (HŽ PP), which is implemented in accordance with the Transport Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia from 2017 to 2030, is co-financed from the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020, and is part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan 2021 - 2026 (NPOO).

The trains were produced by Končar.

The total estimated value of the project is HRK 1.3 billion, and the support from the European Union is HRK 880.3 million. HŽ PP plans to modernise the rolling stock with 21 new electric trains as part of this project. Eleven trains are planned for urban and suburban transport and ten for regional transportation.

The trains were manufactured by Končar, one of which had its ceremonial first run from Zagreb's central station to Dugo Selo and back. After today's release of the first three trains for urban and suburban transport, eight more trains will be delivered to run in the Zagreb area.

The delivery of regional trains, which will run on electrified tracks in Croatia, will follow after that. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure Oleg Butković said at the release that the renovation of the railway infrastructure is a key project that will mark the next 10 to 12 years.

The plan is to introduce 70 new trains into traffic by 2025

"Such a project follows a natural course, and it is good that the procurement of 21 new trains is financed with the help of European funds, and this is only the first delivery of trains," said Butković. He added that all funds available from the EU and national and credit funds will primarily be directed to renovating the railway infrastructure and purchasing new trains.

The plan is to introduce 70 new trains into traffic by 2025, said Butković. The president of Končar electric vehicles, Josip Ninić, noted that the key subsystems of the new trains were developed and produced in the companies of the Končar group, and numerous other local companies were also involved.

As part of the "Application of green technologies in railway passenger transport" project, a contract for purchasing and selling battery trains and stable energy connections was also signed on Wednesday.

HRK 100 million has been secured from NPOO for the purchase of new battery electric motor and battery trains and six stable and energy connections that will be installed at the stations of Split, Osijek, Varaždin, Bjelovar, Virovitica, Pula, and the total value of the project is HRK 129 million.

The aim is to improve local and regional connectivity and mobility for better access to the labour market and services in functional centres and to ensure more efficient and competitive passenger transport, say HŽ PP.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated Travel section.

Thursday, 22 December 2022

Mint Year 2022 Set of Croatian Kuna Released for Sale by CNB

December 22, 2022 - From the 1st of January 2023, the official currency in Croatia becomes the euro. Croatian kuna, the currency in use at the moment, will slowly go out of circulation. There will be a transition period of 15 days between 31 December 2022 and 15 January 2023, during which it will be possible to use both the euro and Croatian kuna; however, the change will be returned in euro whenever possible.

After having issued the first versions of Croatian euro coins, which are sold in post offices and Fina in Croatia, the Croatian National Bank is again presenting a new package of a slightly different nature.

As Index writes, The Croatian National Bank (CNB) has announced that it issued a numismatic set of circulating coins of the Republic of Croatia, kuna and lipa, with the year of minting "2022".

Like the previous sets, this set includes denominations of circulating coins of 5, 2, and 1 kuna, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2, and 1 lipa, which were put into circulation in the current year.

Unlike previous numismatic sets, in this one, the coins are made using the mint forging technique, and it is issued in an amount of no more than 50,000 sets. The author is the academic sculptor Kuzma Kovačić, and the set was made by the Croatian Mint.

The CNB is informing all citizens who are interested in purchasing the set that two thousand sets will be available at the sales point of the Croatian National Bank, at the address Franje Račkoga 5 in Zagreb, while other quantities can be purchased or pre-ordered via the online store of the Croatian Mint.

It is possible to order or buy a maximum of one set in one transaction.

Orders and purchases based on a previously submitted invoice via the e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will not be accepted.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated Lifestyle section.

Thursday, 22 December 2022

Still Waiting for Your Packages? Croatian Post Provides Explanation

December 22, 2022 - Compared to December last year, there are as many as 40,000 more daily deliveries. According to Croatian Post, the reasons include the increasing frequency of online shopping and the growing popularity of "Black Friday."

As Poslovni / HRT write, as the number of online shoppers grows from year to year, the volume of work for the Croatian Post also increases. The sorting centre receives up to 100,000 packages per day, so deliveries are often delayed. Almost all sent packages go through the centre in Velika Gorica, and most of them are processed by a machine. Cameras detect the address to which shipments should arrive.

"The machine can sort 15,000 parcels in an hour, from the smallest of 100 g to the largest of 30 kg. The sorting centre works in three shifts. The centre is in operation from 0 to 24, so we manage to deliver everything that comes that day. If we didn't work that way, we wouldn't have enough room for all the parcels," said Krešimir Domjančić, head of the public relations department of Croatian Post.

More packages this December

"We get it all. We have a lot of web shops selling everything from clothes to decorations, lamps, washing machines, televisions, and other things. Not all parcels go through the machine, but all those packed in boxes do," said Irena Majerić, the team leader in the sorting centre.

Compared to December of last year, there are as many as 40,000 more daily deliveries. The reasons include the increasing frequency of online shopping and the growing popularity of "Black Friday."

"The late deliveries make up a small percentage. That is not only a problem for Croatian Post. The entire logistics chain notices difficulties during December due to the increased quantities, so there may be delays both with the supplier itself, with shipping from the store and in Croatian Post," Domjančić told HRT.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated News section.

Thursday, 22 December 2022

Velika Gorica, Croatia's 6th City Bucking the Population Trends

December 22, 2022 - Whisper it quietly, but there is a positive population story in Croatia, as more families and foreign workers discover Velika Gorica. 

Can you name the 6 biggest cities in Croatia by population?

Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Osijek, Zadar, and... 

No it's not Pula.

It's Velika Gorica, a name which may not be so familiar at first sound to foreigners, but one which is increasingly coming on their radar as a family destination with a high quality of life for full-time living. So much so in fact that it was recently named the best large town for education and demography in all Croatia. 

For here is a city of more than 60,000 people which is bucking the national trend of depopulation and education. So much so, in fact, that, as we reported last month, Velika Gorica Attracts More New Residents Than Any Other Croatian City.

To speak more precisely, a rather impressive 2,203 people immigrated to Velika Gorica last year, and 1,753 left. These figures show an increase in the number of inhabitants by as many as 450 people in just one single year. 717 people arrived in Velika Gorica from abroad, and 620 of them moved abroad.

The number of foreign arrivals in Velika Gorica is a trend which is set to rise. Located close to Zagreb Airport and just 30 minutes from downtown Zagreb, Velika Gorica is also a short drive from one of the fastest-growing employment opportunities in Croatia, which is attracting international talent from all over the world - the remarkable team at Rimac Bugatti. 

For those with families, Velika Gorica is an attractive proposition. Close to the capital (and its airport) but with the many advantages of a smaller city feel, Velika Gorica has all the facilities of a bigger town without the hustle and bustle of the capital. 

And nature. 

Located in the heart of Turopolje, a region I only came across recently, the city has the advantage of being surrounded by beautiful nature with an array of active tourism options. I was very surprised, for example, to hear that one could go truffle hunting just outside Zagreb, and I can highly recommend a day's truffle hunting, complete an excellent truffle lunch at Velika Gorica's premier restaurant, Mon Ami. You can read more in Move Over Istria: the Rise of Zagreb Truffle Hunt Tourism.

Unsurprisingly, real estate developers are meeting the expected need, and quality new developments are providing more capacity to meet this welcome demographic trend.  The city's infrastructure has developed considerably in recent years, and more and more local and foreign companies are moving there. 

Among the most interesting is Project Gorica, a new multi-residential location which offers numerous amenities for a comfortable family life. In the immediate vicinity of the project there is all the necessary infrastructure - primary and secondary school, kindergarten, shopping centers, sports clubs, business area, and it is located in a perfect traffic position right next to the new ring road, with which you can be in the centre of Zagreb in less than 15 minutes, and in less than 10 minutes to the airport. The development in more detail:

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According to the detailed plan, the plan is to build a residential complex consisting of one underground floor, ground floor, and five floors with residential units. There are parking garage spaces in the underground floor, while there are individual garages on the ground floor. The building will have 48 apartments of very high-quality construction and equipment. The apartments are 1 bedroom + living room (44.75 and 44.95 m2), 2 bedroom + living room (74.00 m2), 3 bedroom + living room (73.20 - 116.00 m2) and an extremely attractive penthouse - vi (from 160.15 – 174, 10 m2). The entire project, as well as the apartments, meet high construction quality criteria and a higher level of equipment in the apartments. The building will be built from a mixed reinforced concrete structure, on an AB base plate, the basic structural system is a system of transverse and longitudinal AB walls. With increased resistance to earthquakes.

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The complete construction and decoration of the apartments is at a very high level, thermal facade, Daikin heat pumps with underfloor heating, split cooling systems, 1st class ceramics and parquet with the option of choosing several different types, high-quality burglar and fire doors, 3-layer aluminum carpentry at most quality, glass walls, aluminum shutters and aluminum blinds driven by electric motors for glass walls, first-class stone for benches and stairs. Access to the apartments will be provided by elevators from underground floors, and Penthouses will have direct access to the apartment from the elevator via special card readers. The special feature of this project is that the building will have 4 separate entrances equipped with elevators and only 2 or three apartments per floor/entrance.

For more information about the project, contact Miranda Milicic at Dogma Nekretnine

Looking to buy property in Croatia? Here is what you need to know in the Total Croatia property guide.

For the latest news from Velika Gorica, follow the dedicated TCN section.

 

Thursday, 22 December 2022

Mecha Penguins: Young Istrian Roboticists Attract Cash With Campaign

December the 22nd, 2022 - Mecha Penguins (Pingvini), a group of young roboticists from the Istrian peninsula, have managed to attract a large sum of cash in the form of investment following their successful campaign.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, a team of young Istrian roboticists "Mecha Penguins" came together to design the project entitled "BUZET - reSTART siSTEma" and with the help of their mentors, the Vazmoslav Grzalja Elementary School and the Pozitron Centre from Vizinada, they launched a fundraising campaign to equip their school with modern equipment for performing STEAM activities.

The response to Mecha Penguins' campaign was excellent, with a total of 105,212 kuna having been collected, with which 25 robotic sets from the LEGO Education programme and ten laptops were purchased, reports Glas Istre/The Voice of Istria.

During the handover of the equipment, the principal, Jadranka Bartolic Muzica, thanked everyone who helped the Buzet elementary school enter the STEAM area in style. The primary goals of the "BUZET - reSTART siSTEMa" project were the procurement of robotic equipment and teacher education in order to introduce STEAM extracurricular activities for students of this school in Buzet, as well as regional schools in Lanisce, Roc and Vrh. The campaign was launched back at the beginning of October by sending requests to business entities and an online crowdfunding campaign for individuals.

The "Mecha Penguins" team consists of ten students from the Vazmoslav Grzalja school in Buzet, namely David Greblo, Emil Luka Ladovic, Dora Majer, Fran Crnac, Heli Savko, Lana Krbavcic Ratosa, Linda Kert, Marin Rehak, Marko Marusic and Mia Majcan, who are all preparing to participate in the FIRST LEGO League Challenge (FLL) project/robotic competition.

The competition will be held in February next year, organised by the Croatian Robotics Association, in Zagreb at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. It is the largest global robotics competition that was founded back in 1998 in the USA, while it has been being held here in Europe since 2001. The number of participants in the FLL programme grows every year, and today it connects more than 110 countries of the world in which more than 340,000 children participate in 40,000 teams.

"There are no words to thank everyone who helped our project in any way", said the members of the Mecha Penguins team which participated in the FIRST LEGO League Challenge as one of the two teams of the "Pozitron - Centre for Technological Development" and STEM education" from Vizinada.

"We sent requests for support for our project to numerous addresses of local enterprises, as well as more widely. At the same time, we launched a crowdfunding campaign for individuals on the GoGetFunding web platform, and we collected the funds carry out the LEGO Education STEAM programme. A total of 84,135 kuna was set aside for the donated equipment, and the rest will be invested in the education of the teachers who will implement the STEAM programme at the school.

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