Monday, 17 January 2022

Grotesque Incidents: Former TCN Intern Ivor Kruljac Publishes First Collection of Prose Stories

January 17, 2022 - Congrats to former TCN intern Ivor Kruljac on publishing his first collection of prose stories this year, Grotesque Incidents!

Ivor Kruljac is a young Zagreb poet and graduate journalist (who worked with TCN in 2021), best known for his slam poetry. So far, he has published three collections of poems in digital form; “Nebulae” (2017), “Psychedelia” (2018), and “Intellectual Circulations” and is one of the authors represented in the poetry collection “Where Were You in 2020?: Verses Under a Mask”.

He published the first collection of prose stories this year, Grotesque Incidents. It is a collection that contains a series of short stories on various topics, but all written in the grotesque writing style, just as its title dictates. This stands out both in the work and in the style of writing. Some of the stories have a not so simple task of entertaining the reader, while others have an even more difficult one - to shed light on social phenomena and, as the author says, "metaphysical dilemmas."

Disturbing events at the Zagreb Archaeological Museum. A dissatisfied shoemaker with a new job. A doctor with unusual methods of vaccination. A debate on the importance of information during a bombing. A student's head punctured in the classroom. A native dissatisfied with the violence of his tribe. A man who wants to be miserable to make it easier to die. These are just a few plots, some previously published, some unpublished, in the first collection of prose stories. 

Themes also extend through various fiction genres, so we find those in the form of science fiction, horror, crime, those that mix genres or do not belong to any of them. The grotesque is realized in everyday phenomena, even those that not everyone dares to write about, such as (still taboo in our country), sex, and violence. However, this is precisely what makes this collection tempting - not shying away from painting ugly pictures, exciting pictures, instructive pictures, intriguing pictures to talk about the individual, the world, ourselves, and the author. Isn't that the purpose of art?

It is a book that could intrigue fans of Stephen King, Agatha Christie, W.S Burrough, or perhaps Guillaume Apollinaire!

The collection Grotesque Incidents was published by Redak and can be ordered HERE.

Source: Knjizevost, Webknjizara 

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Monday, 17 January 2022

Currently No Regular International Winter Flights to Dubrovnik Airport

January 17, 2022 - The latest flight news to Croatia as there are currently no international winter flights to Dubrovnik Airport 

Dubrovnik Airport ended 2021 as the third busiest Croatian airport after Split and Zagreb. As things currently stand, the beginning of 2022 did not bring new regular international routes to Dubrovnik, but the airport instead was temporarily left without its regular international Turkish Airlines and Vueling lines, reports Croatian Aviation.

According to earlier announcements and the Dubrovnik Airport winter flight schedule, Turkish Airlines and Vueling aircraft were to fly from Istanbul and Barcelona to Dubrovnik until the end of the winter flight schedule.

According to the earliest announcements, Turkish Airlines was supposed to operate up to four times a week in Dubrovnik this winter, but the flight schedule was quickly revised by the airline. The last recorded Turkish Airlines flight on a regular route to Dubrovnik was recorded on January 8.

According to the earliest announcements, Vueling was supposed to operate twice a week this winter in certain periods, i.e., on Thursdays and Sundays, but Vueling made its last recorded flight between Barcelona and Dubrovnik on January 9.

According to available information, the first available date to purchase Turkish Airlines tickets from Dubrovnik to Istanbul is Saturday, January 22. From January 22 to March 26, Turkish should continue to operate to Dubrovnik Airport twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Vueling's return to Dubrovnik is expected on March 3, when the Spanish low-cost airline should continue to fly to Dubrovnik twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays.

From January 9 to January 22, there was no international air traffic at Dubrovnik Airport, and Dubrovnik is connected to international destinations by Croatia Airlines planes, but with a transfer at Zagreb Airport.

Although 2022 may not have started with many scheduled international flights at Dubrovnik Airport, Croatian Aviation concludes that we can certainly be pleased that a significantly larger number of international flights from Dubrovnik are already announced for the summer flight schedule.

For more on flights to Croatia and other travel announcements, make sure to check out our dedicated travel section.

Monday, 17 January 2022

Zagreb County Celebrates Successful 2021 Visitor Numbers

January 17, 2022 – Perhaps it's the perfect balance of nature, culture and close proximity to the buzzing, big city? Zagreb County celebrates successful 2021 visitor numbers, despite the ongoing global challenges.

After tourism in 2020 was almost totally nixed, 2021 will be remembered as the year things began moving again. Certainly, that can be said for Zagreb County, who are celebrating after releasing relatively successful visitor numbers for the year.

According to data from the eVisitor system, in Zagreb County in 2021 there were 87.5 per cent more tourist arrivals and 49 per cent more overnight stays compared to 2020.

In 2021, 59 per cent more domestic tourists visited the county and accounted for 9 per cent more overnight stays. Foreign visitor numbers were up a huge 110 per cent on 2020 and their tally of overnight stays was up 91 per cent on the previous year.

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In total, 2021's numbers accounted for 58 per cent of the arrivals and 69 per cent of overnight stays that occurred within the record year of 2019.

Most foreign tourists to Zagreb County in 2021 were from Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, the United States, France and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Looking at what sort of accommodation visitors chose, most overnight stays were taken in hotels (40 per cent). Household facilities like holiday homes accounted for 25 per cent, accommodation linked to a catering facility stood at 19 per cent and 10 per cent of visitors camped overnight.

The Zagreb County destinations most popular with visitors were Velika Gorica, Sveta Nedelja, Samobor, Jastrebarsko and Ivanić-Grad.

"Considering that 2021 was also marked by the coronavirus pandemic, I think that we can be very satisfied with the achieved tourist results,” commented Zagreb County Tourist Board director Ivana Alilović. “Tourist staff have made great efforts so that domestic and foreign guests can enjoy the diverse offer of our destination while feeling safe. And the Tourist Board of Zagreb County, through various campaigns, systematically worked to promote and attract tourists to the Green Ring of Zagreb."

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The director added that the tourism sector had once again shown that it is adaptable and innovative and that the best results are achieved through synergies. She also noted the growing interest in holiday homes that offer security, excellent service and an authentic experience.

Last year, Zagreb County awarded one million kuna in non-refundable grants to entrepreneurs in tourism. The aim was an increase in quality of service and of facilities. As well as the building of new facilities, monies were directed towards the renovation and equipping of existing facilities, with focus given to additions such as swimming pools, wellness and other recreational, sports and entertainment content.

For more news about Zagreb County tourism, bookmark Total Croatia News pages here.

All images courtesy Turistička zajednica Zagrebačke županije

Monday, 17 January 2022

2021 Croatian Census: Every Third Croatian Resident Drawing Pension

January the 17th, 2022 - As if the 2021 Croatian census results weren't damning enough for the country now numbering less than four million inhabitants, now it has emerged that of those inhabitants, almost every third person is drawing their pension.

As Index/Vedran Salvia writes, here in Croatia, the number of insured persons on the 30th of November, 2021, stood at 1,583,131. The number of pension beneficiaries in that same month of November was 1,234,991. The ratio of the number of pension beneficiaries and insured persons is 1: 1.28.

In other words, if we take into account that, according to published data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, Croatia has a population of 3,888,529, this means that practically every third person in Croatia is retired and drawing their pension.

Of course, the number of those who receive their pensions abroad should also be taken into account, and according to the Mirovina.hr portal, back in October 2021 there were a total of 181 thousand of them. However, the bigger picture doesn't change that much.

The number of older employees is growing

Index contacted economic analyst Andrej Grubisic (who answered some more 2021 Croatian census questions here), who pointed to the research piece entitled "An analysis of the Croatian pension system (with proposed adjustments) and global trends in private pension savings", which was prepared by Grubisic and his partners for the Association of members of mandatory and voluntary pension funds.

Among other things, this study states that within the age structure of employees, negative changes are also visible in the form of increasing growth in the number of older employees who are expected to retire soon, while the number of younger employees (as a share of total employees) is declining.

"The existing macroeconomic and demographic foundations don't indicate the possibility of a significant improvement in the ratio of insured persons and beneficiaries in the next 5-10 years," the research states.

These changes in the decline in population and working capacity, with currently extremely low levels of activity and employment compared to other European countries and low GDP "per capita" indicate an additional burden on the existing pension system in the form of limited potential for significant growth in contributions to the coverage of current pensions, and in particular, it all has a negative impact on the possibility of a significant increase in the pensions of existing retirees in terms of real purchasing power,'' the study said.

Reduce contributions for the first pillar...

The research also proposes adjustments to the existing system, ie it is stated that from the year 2024, contributions made to the first pillar should be gradually reduced until in 20 years they fall from the existing 15 percent of a person's gross salary down to 5 percent of it. It also states that allocations for private pension savings should be increased. This is so that the allocations from 2024 would increase from the existing 5 percent of gross salary in a period of 20 years to 15 percent.

The proposals also imply that members of mandatory pension funds should have financial resources at their disposal, but also that those financial assets should be inherited after the death of the beneficiary.

For more on the 2021 Croatian census results, make sure to check out our lifestyle section.

Monday, 17 January 2022

Croatian Education Vouchers Worth 10,000 Kuna to be Issued in April

January the 17th, 2022 - Croatian education vouchers are set to be sent out to both employed and unemployed people in the amount of 10,000 kuna, as new technologies and new ways of doing things become more and more frequent.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Nikolina Petan writes, new technologies require the creation of new jobs, which can result in a number of disruptions, as a number of workers have to change careers, leading to an even more pronounced mismatch between supply and demand on the labour market.

The gap between need and supply is one of the main long-term problems of the Croatian labour market, which the relevant institutions are trying to solve through various measures. As suc, back at the end of December last year, Croatian Parliament passed amendments to the new Adult Education Act, and earlier this year the CES adopted new Active Employment Policy Measures for 2022, which include both the unemployed and the employed. The new measures include something called Croatian education vouchers.

Among these measures, which will encourage employment, self-employment, education and training, and ultimately stimulate economic growth through green and digital methods, include on-the-job training and education in various adult education institutions.

One of the key challenges to acquiring skills is the very low participation rate of Croatian adults in lifelong learning. The aim of these new measures is, therefore, to enable the greater participation of both unemployed and employed persons in lifelong learning with an emphasis placed on acquiring skills related to the green and digital transition and to provide employers with a quality workforce.

"Although there are more than 600 registered adult education institutions across the Republic of Croatia that implement or have implemented more than 11,000 educational programmes, there was no defined quality assurance system that would ensure quality and effective education focused on individual and labour market needs.

According to the former legal solution, adult education institutions received a decision from the Ministry of Science and Education to implement formal adult education programmes of unlimited duration, which resulted in programmes that were methodologically and substantively outdated, and sometimes inconsistent with changes in regulations from individual areas, which couldn't always guarantee an adequate level of quality.

In the system of adult education, there were still many problems in the implementation of adult education, which certainly shouldn't have happened, given the importance of an entire sector in which adjustment to the labour market is important.

Through the adoption of the new Adult Education Act, significant changes were introduced in the education system at the end of last year, especially when it comes to the harmonisation of educational programmes with the needs of the labour market and the quality of the implementation of said educational programmes.

The intention of the state is to reach the EU average in adult education by 2030, because Croatia is currently at 3.5 percent, while the EU average is a far higher 10.8 percent. Amendments to the law were needed to better respond to labour market needs and help gain better social status through adult education,'' said Tomislav Katic, director of the recently opened Orsus University and owner of the Orsus Group, one of Croatia's leading security management companies.

One of the most important measures of the Law on Adult Education and the first document that legally regulates the announcement of the government's National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NPOO) is related to the issuance of Croatian education vouchers for education of 30,000 employed and unemployed people over the next three years. According to the bill, these Croatian education vouchers will be used for both formal and non-formal education programmes in order to facilitate access to the labour market, and the funds for it have been withdrawn from EU funds.

This financial instrument for the allocation of public funds for adult education will be awarded on the basis of the Adult Education Agreement, and its value for individual adult education is on average 10,000 kuna per person, meaning that the measure is planned to cover 30,000 people. The exact amount of Croatian education vouchers issued will be determined depending on the sector in question and the duration and complexity of the selected education programme, which will depend on the final elaboration of price scaling.

Legislative framework for establishing a Croatian education voucher system

"MROSP has defined about 60 required skills with an emphasis on the green and digital transition. By April this year, an improved skills catalog will be developed - that is, a list of skills needed to do a particular job. The Law on Adult Education introduces the notion of acquiring micro-qualifications, which is the basis for shorter educational programmes,'' explained Katic.

The establishment of the ORSUS College was a logical sequence of developing the business of the ORSUS Group through education in economic activities that require specific knowledge and skills and which, through practice, have been recorded as a shortage in the domestic labour market.

For more, check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

Monday, 17 January 2022

Queen Cow: Croatian Branding of Belje Kravica Kraljica Milk Proves Hit

January the 17th, 2022 - Queen Cow (Kravica kraljica) is a brand of Croatian milk from Belje which has experienced excellent market success a mere six months of it being launched.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Sergej Novosel Vuckovic writes, from the concerning stagnation of the Croatian dairy industry, to the fastest growing brand in the country. The success story of Queen Cow is impressive, with a very happy ending to top it all off at the end of last year. Queen Cow's producer, Belje, according to research by Gfk Hrvatska, achieved exceptional market success only six months after its launch, with the product reaching every fifth household in the country.

Back at the end of pandemic-dominated 2020, the dairy industry in Osijek was saved by Belje, which took over 249 subcontractors, farmers who supplied raw milk. Since then, the company has started from scratch with a new dairy range, and wanted to offer the new brand as an indicator of a new start in the production of 100 percent Croatian milk.

The brand development project, which currently includes 13 different products in 16 packages, has been entrusted to one of the leading integrated marketing agencies in Croatia.

Pro media group and its PR agency Impressum Komunikacije (communications), which, in cooperation with Belje, created a dairy brand different from the previous ones. Most of the milk on the Croatian market doesn't stand out in terms of its image from any other. Why not include the stronger presence of the animal we have to thank for milk? The cow, the animal that provides one of the most basic foods and a pure natural resource. The cow therefore occupies a central place in communication and on the packaging of these Belje Queen Cow products, from milk to yogurt.

Radovan Klaic, the director of Impressum Communications, Ivona Zec, community manager, and Tihana Tojcic, the account director, talked about how the creative process went, creating a completely new brand and visual identity and communication campaign for Queen Cow.

The creative trio from the Pro media group consisted of the main designers in the team, Srdjan Vrdoljak and Boris Poljicanin, as well as the creative director of the group, Igor Skunca.

"We have new products, a whole new line, we're entering a new market segment, we need something to shake the market up and set some new standards in the category…", said Igor Škunca, adding that it was fun to create the entire Queen Cow brand with all its new visuals and packaging, for which he attributes the credit to a great team of collaborators.

“We immediately realised that Belje wants and needs something different for its new dairy brand, something more urban and modern, something a bit more funky, which attracts attention, but with a clear message about the milk having come from real Croatian farms. From real cows. We could see that they required a form of communication that would be different from the usual for the dairy industry. Only with such a story can you make some significant impact in the segment where you need to create a place among strong traditional brands. Feedback from the market shows that together with the team from Belje, we've found the right formula,'' added Klaic.

When asked who came up with the Queen Cow brand name, Vrdoljak said: “Queen Cow was uttered by someone, I don't remember who, they just said it during one of the meetings where the brand was developed, and it resounded like one of those eureka moments where we all nodded our heads. We had to emphasise who she was, with a crown, as she's a queen after all, while the hipster glasses are there so that she can see what all the other cows are doing,'' he said.

Queen Cow is shown differently on each of their products - the cooking cream sees her wearing a chef's hat, the Greek yogurt has her wearing a laurel wreath, the yoghurt pictures here wearing a scarf…. Each is related to the product it represents. Account Director Tihana Tojcic added that the challenge was even greater because today, agencies rarely get such an opportunity to develop brands in the FMCG industry from scratch.

''Given that about three quarters of the market share in the Croatian dairy industry has been held by two big "players" for years, and consumers are increasingly turning to mini dairies and family farms, it really took time to think about what sort of position Belje and Queen Cow would take in such a competitive environment. It was important for us to stand out as much as possible with our packaging design on basically unexciting shelves full of dairy products. That's why the success of this brand is something we're really proud of,'' explained Tojcic.

Ivona Zec, the community manager at Impressum Communications, made sure that the new product got its place on social media through memorable messages. In addition to creating a communication strategy on social media, her role includes copywriting and community management.

“One of the challenges was to find a tone of communication to show that this brand stands out in relation to the competition and, of course, to design visual and textual content that engages the audience. The cows managed to activate their fans as their names were given to them through creative competitions on social media,'' said Ivona.

According to Hrvoje Rados, director of sales and marketing of Belje, Belje has made "maximum efforts to market Queen Cow products in a short time and design a marketing campaign which would be interesting to all categories of customers because these are products we all consume on a daily basis."

The fact that a great job was done was confirmed by Queen Cow's more than good reception on the market, confirmed by the aforementioned GfK research.

Queen Cow almost took the throne in its very first year of existence, and the President of the Board of Belje, Andrej Dean, expressed his satisfaction with the fact that consumers have shown and recognised the brand, because, as he says, Belje guarantees the traceability of all production, from farm to packaging on store shelves. Annually, Belje produces 58 million litres of domestic milk, from more than 7,500 cows across five counties in Slavonia.

For more, check out Made in Croatia.

Monday, 17 January 2022

Croatian GPs Begin Rapid Antigen Testing, Many Questions Remain

January the 17th, 2022 - Croatian GPs are beginning to test with rapid antigen tests as of today. Some are more than ready for the move, some are already carrying out this type of coronavirus testing, and some are far from prepared.

As Index vijesti writes, throughout Osijek-Baranja County in particular, everything needed for this is being organised at 70 different locations, as was reported by HRT.

"On January the 13th, we received an instruction from the Ministry of Health about rapid testing intended for all Croatian GPs, it also included information about the protection of preschool children. It stated that all Croatian GPs should be included in the testing. It is recommended that this be at the beginning or end of their working hours in order in order to try to avoid risky contacts,'' said Dr. Justinija Steiner, the director of the Osijek-Baranja County Health Centre.

"We'll do it all as we carried out all of the tasks related to coronavirus, including vaccination and treatment of covid and chronic disease. We managed all that, we're tired and not happy with this new load of work, but we'll do it all," said prof. dr. sc. Hrvoje Tiljak.

Rapid antigen testing will be done by the employees of the Krapina-Zagorje County Health Centre, given that 5,000 rapid antigen tests have arrived at the clinics there.

"I think this will further burden Croatian GPs who are still overwhelmed with their current work and all of the administration," said Nada Dogan, MD. spec. obit. med., director of the Krapina-Zagorje County Health Centre. The organisation of this new way of doing things, as they say, is the biggest challenge of all, and there have already been a few unwanted and sometimes awkward situations.

"Patients have already been coming here, and they have walked in and been waiting in the waiting room among non-covid patients,'' complained Dr. Dubravko Leskovar.

Some Croatian GPs are still indignant about the entire thing and expect clear instructions on the matter.

"I don't know what will happen from Monday on, I haven't received any rapid antigen tests since Friday, I don't have the space or the time to start doing this. There's also absolutely no expert explanation or instruction from the epidemiologists," said Natasa Ban Toskic, president of the Croatian Family Coordination medicine (KoHOM).

Bernard Kaic agrees that this is a major project.

"Health centres need to (the ministry must somehow help doctors in organising this) set aside a certain time for people with coronavirus symptoms to come who need to be tested and separate them from those people without any symptoms who also need a test, and separate both of these groups from all those who don't need a test at all. This is a big organisational project and Croatian GPs simply cannot do it alone,'' believes Bernard Kaic, head of the Epidemiology Service of the CNIPH.

Health Minister Vili Beros: So far, 995 out of 5,000 primary care practices have been carrying out rapid antigen testing.

Minister of Health Vili Beros said on Thursday that so far, 995 primary health care surgeries out of a total of 5,000 surgeries have been performing rapid antigen testing, and he called on them to respond to the needs of their patients due to the current emergency situation.

Rapid antigen testing has so far been performed by 370 GP practices, 558 dental clinics and 17 pediatric clinics. 125,000 tests have been done, Beros told reporters after the recent government session.

Responding to the protests and complaints of Croatian GPs up and down the country, Beros said that his task as a minister was to respond organisationally to the demands of the profession to expand this form of testing. "In the context of the pandemic and these new challenges, we simply thought it would be appropriate for patients to come to their own doctors for help," he says.

Hospitals are burdened with treating covid and non-covid patients and are still testing, so we can't ask them to increase their capacities in this segment. What we can do is enable all Croatian GPs to take care of the patients registered with them. I know that they're also overburdened, but we aren't living in normal times, a global pandemic has been declared and taking care of those suffering as a result of that is our primary task," Beros pointed out.

He believes that Croatian GPs could organise rapid antigen testing during the last hour of their working hours, rejecting claims that he was "at war with Croatian GPs"

"I'm at war with the virus, and they're my comrades-in-arms,'' Beros concluded.

For all you need to know about coronavirus specific to Croatia, make sure to bookmark our dedicated section and select your preferred language if it isn't English.

Sunday, 16 January 2022

20th Queer Zagreb Season Dedicated to Ethno Queer

January 16, 2022 - The Domino association has announced a programme for the 20th anniversary of Queer Zagreb this year, which will feature over 100 Croatian and foreign artists at over 50 events.

"This year Domino marks the 20th anniversary of Queer Zagreb. Since the first Queer, Domino has hosted many artists, activists and theoreticians who paved the way for the idea that a different art, a more open city and a different view on diversity are possible," the association said in a press release.

The association provides support and works with organisations, institutions and initiatives from different sectors, notably with all LGBTIQ+ initiatives in Croatia and the region, in promoting queer identity.

The 20th Queer Zagreb season opened on 1 January with a photographic project by Sanjin Kaštelan dedicated to ethno queer, the exploration of queer in domestic heritage, folklore and myths, as the main theme of this year's events.

The programme will take place throughout the year and will include a festival of international events between 24 and 28 May. More information is available at https://thisisadominoproject.org.

Sunday, 16 January 2022

Number of Persons With Health Insurance Exceeds Number of Residents by 209,000

January 16, 2022 - Although the latest census shows that all Croatian counties, including the City of Zagreb, have fewer residents than 10 years ago, the number of persons with health insurance in Croatia still exceeds the number of its residents by 209,000 and the number of voters exceeds the number of adults.

According to the first results of the 1021 census, Croatia has a maximum of 3,888,529 residents while on 3 January 2022 it had as many as 4,097,903 persons with health insurance, says the Večernji List daily of Sunday.

After the census, it will also be necessary to make order in the voter register, which contains the names of 3,690,623 persons of age, which is impossible given the country's existing number of residents and the fact that according to the national statistical office's estimates in 2020, there were more than 700,000 young people in Croatia.

Demographers had previously warned of the long-lasting problem of fictitious health plan beneficiaries, noting that those were most probably Croatian nationals - ethnic Serbs who had left Croatia, Croats from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatians who had emigrated without having cancelled their health insurance, as well as foreign nationals who own real estate on the coast.

There are no precise estimates as to how many of those beneficiaries who do not reside in Croatia use "free" health services and how many of them are emigrants and people only formally registered with the Croatian Health Insurance Institute but the problem should now be solved, notably following the introduction of population registers that exist in most EU countries. The EU has recommended that member countries compile population registers by the end of this year.

Even though the first results of the 2021 census do not leave any reason for optimism, it is worthwhile noting that in addition to the only county seat, Čakovec, there are still smaller cities, as well as large and small municipalities, whose population size has increased over the past ten years. Those are, among others, Solin, Sveta Nedelja, Dugo Selo, Krk and Biograd na Moru.

Of the municipalities whose population has increased, those are primarily large municipalities - Viškovo near Rijeka, Podstrana near Split, and Župa Dubrovačka and Konavle in the south of Dalmatia.

As for municipalities with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants, compared to 2011 the number of residents has increased also in Poličnik, Sukošan, Pakoštane and Galovac, municipalities in the area of Zadar, Dugopolje and Bol on the island of Brač, municipalities close to Split, Omišalj and Malinska -  Dubašnica on the island of Krk, Bilice near Šibenik, Tar - Vabriga in Istria County, and Orehovica in Međimurje County.

Another positive example is Vis, the island farthest from the mainland that over the past ten years has lost only seven inhabitants, owing to its consistent and comprehensive demographic policy. The remote municipality of Baška on the island of Krk, which has a proactive demographic policy, has lost only one resident in the past ten years, Večernji List says.

According to the Jutarnji List daily of Sunday, the results of the 2021 census will also have an effect on the number of councillors in local bodies of representation.

In the next local elections, in 2025 and 2029, voters will elect 352 fewer councillors in local bodies of representation, as a result of the fact that the latest census shows that Croatia's population has shrunk by almost 10% compared to 2011.

Under the Act on Local and Regional Government Units, the number of councillors in local representative bodies is determined on the basis of the number of residents in individual counties, cities and municipalities.

Sunday, 16 January 2022

5,732 New COVID-19 Cases, 45 Fatalities in Croatia

January 16, 2022 - In the last 24 hours, 5,732 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed and 45 deaths have been registered in Croatia, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said on Sunday.

There are 55,499 active cases, including 1,717 hospitalised patients, of whom 224 are on ventilators, while 25,448 persons are self-isolating.

Croatia has registered 817,435 coronavirus cases to date. The death toll is 13,118.

To date, 56.19% of the population has been vaccinated, including 66.90% of adults, of whom 64.23% fully.

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