Thursday, 3 October 2019

Is Omis Traffic Misery Finally Coming to an End? Long-awaited Bypass Project Back in Action

October 3, 2019 - The well-known Omis tunnel, which has been a hot topic among everyone from locals to drivers in Dalmatia and even international media for years, could finally see the light. 

"The works should start in the next month to a month and a half, and the estimated duration of these works is somewhere between two and a half, up to three years, so we expect that everything will be done within that period," said the mayor of Omis, Ivo Tomasovic for Dalmacija Danas.

The bridge over the Cetina river, tunnel, and connecting roads are part of the Omis bypass project foreseen to reduce the unbearable traffic jams and chaos that prevails at the entrance to Omis every summer.

"After a long time, we managed to revive this project in some way. Speaking from a traffic point of view, we can say that this is one of the most significant projects,” says Josip Skoric, CEO of Croatian Roads.

It is a project that has been spoken about for years but has never seen the green light for construction. The state road that runs through the city center is one of the busiest in the country. At least 50,000 vehicles pass through it daily.

The inhabitants of Omis were asked just how much this affects their lives.

"The crowds are, say, a couple of kilometers long; it is chaotic, and drivers are on their last nerves,” said Marko. 

"It's a disaster, the temperature is 37, 38 degrees, and the line of traffic is 7 to 10 kilometers. I come to Omis from Dugi Rat, and I have to travel for an hour and a half, sometimes even two hours,” explained Josip. 

However, the people of Omis could hardly believe that constructing a bypass would bring salvation from the crowds and ultimately relieve traffic. Another resident said he isn't convinced the traffic would come to an end: “A bypass? I think I won’t live to see the day it begins.” 

"I've been waiting 30 years for a bypass. Hopefully, now that the tunnel has been made, it will encourage someone to remember that it must be done - because this is awful,” said Zlatko. 

Split-Dalmatia County prefect Blazenko Boban says he understands the criticism.

"I understand the citizens, but I will say it at last. All of the stakeholders and I must continue with persistence to finally bring the infrastructure of Split and the Split agglomeration to a decent level,” he concluded.

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Postcards from 1960s Croatian Coast, Hvar Snow Myth Revealed: Gorgeous Video

September 26, 2019 - One of the nicest videos I have ever seen of the Croatian coast - postcards from British tourists in the 1960s And the truth about a Hvar myth.  

A true gem!

Summer on the Croatian coast over 50 years ago, seen through the eyes - and postcards - of British tourists sending their impressions to friends back home. 

Rijeka, Opatija, Sibenik, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Budva and Sveti Stefan, as well as plenty or remote bays thrown in - a really special tour of a different era of tourism in Croatia. A real trip down memory lane for those who remember the Adriatic coast back then. 

And for an added bonus, the truth behind one of the myths of life on Hvar that I have heard many versions of, but never any proof. As the sunniest island, the hotels of Hvar are said to offer a free stay if it snows - so confident are they about the perfect weather. I managed to put this to the test in February 2012 when we awoke to find the entire island covered in snow. 

So, was a free stay on offer at the hotels? The answer I got back was that if it had snowed for a week, then you were entitled a free extra night. Not quite the same thing... 

However, the video reveals the truth about the origins of the claim... Come stay in winter and get the following guarantees:

1. 50% reduction if it rains more than three hours between 7 am and 5 pm (imagine if this was on offer in 2019...)

2. Free stay for each snowy day

3. Free stay for each foggy day

And a free stay if the temperature drops below a certain temperature (0 degrees). 

But there is plenty of GREAT footage of the destinations mentioned above and postcard commentary from an era gone by. 

Enjoy!

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

''Podstrana Walk & Bike'' Walking and Cycling Path Largely Funded by EU

The new ''Podstrana walk & bike'' project includes new 363 metres of cycle paths and promenades along the left and right bank of the Žrnovnica river, 1,610 metres long.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/PD i VL native tim writes on the 20th of August, 2019, Podstrana has now got a first-class promenade and a bike path. The opening ceremony of the Podstrana Tourist Board saw the final conference of the Podstrana walk & bike project held, organised by Poslovni tjednik (Business week), Vecernji list and the Podstrana Municipality, presenting the recently completed project which was largely co-financed by EU funds.

During the aforementioned event, a panel discussion was heled which primarily focused on ''the importance of development of sports infrastructure for the development of tourism, the economy, and for improving the living standards of citizens".

The Podstrana Municipality's Mladen Bartulović pointed out the fact that the cycle path and promenade are part of a more comprehensive project for the coastline from the mouth of the Žrnovnica river to the Strožanac sports port, which has cost more than 18 million kuna in total.

"The coastal promenade project cost us 10 million kuna, of which 8.5 million kuna was received in grants from EU funds, while 1.5 million kuna was provided by the municipality, and we also withdrew this part from other funds. From the mouth of Žrnovnica to the Lav (Lion) Hotel, we got a beach, a car park, communal infrastructure for restaurants and other facilities; a children's playground, two sand volleyball courts, a promenade and a cycle path,'' said Bartulović.

This is all taking place in an area that was actually sandy beach around fifty years ago, however, the area was systematically devastated due to natural causes.

"That lasted until 2010, when we in the municipality adopted a plan for the landscaping of the area, and then in cooperation with the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Split, we prepared the project documentation. Danira Zanki explained that the projects of the Urban Agglomeration of Split were approved by the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds for the use of the ITU mechanism. Integrated territorial investment is a European Union (ITU) mechanism introduced to strengthen the role of cities as drivers of economic development.

The territorial scope of the Urban agglomeration of Split comprises seven municipalities and six cities. The Podstrana walk & bike is located in the western part of the Podstrana Municipality, and includes new 363 metres of biking trails and promenades along the left bank of the Žrnovnica river. The location of the trail is ideal for relaxation, rest and recreation, it is properly equipped with information boards, smart benches and display cabinets with charted routes.

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Most Expensive Hotels, Highest Occupancy Recorded in Dalmatia this Summer

August 20, 2019 - Hotels in Dalmatia achieve the best results after experts analyze the success of hotels in Croatia for Slobodna Dalmacija

“Hoteliers did well in the first half of the year according to all available data, and according to the announcements, this trend continues in July and August. I think 2019 will be a very good business year for hoteliers in terms of revenue, and those with 4 and 5 stars did better in the first six months of this year than last year.

The specificity of this peak season is that it is asymmetrical, it has shifted in 15 days in terms of time, business and traffic for a lot of reasons, but it will not significantly affect the operation of hotels. There is a trend that 4 and 5-star hotels are doing fantastic, and those who are worse off and have not seen an investment are operating in a market that is looking for lower prices, so their financial results are significantly worse. Because you cannot get a customer with higher-spending power if you have poor quality,” says professor Zdenko Cerović, a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management in Opatija, who co-authored the Benchmarking (Business Analysis) study of the Croatian hotel industry until the beginning of July this year.

Together with him, hotel operations in the first part of this year were also analyzed by Dr. Sandra Janković and Sonja Hvaliček.

The material analyzes the operations of 114 Croatian hotels from all coastal regions and the continental part of the country, with a total of 23,500 rooms, which is more than 40 percent of the total hotel capacity in Croatia. Data on occupancy, prices, revenues and earnings were found for 25 hotels in Istria, 26 in Kvarner, 46 in four Dalmatian counties and 17 continental hotels. Key revenue management indicators by region say that in June alone, as in the first six months of this year, hotels in Dalmatia are doing the best. 

In June, they achieved an average price of 139 euro per room, which is 15 euro more than hotels in Istria and almost 40 euro more than hotels in Kvarner. Also, the total income per night in hotels is the highest in Dalmatia - in June, it was 103 euro per night, which is 16 euro more than the average of Croatia. In the same month, the income in Istrian hotels per night was 80 euro, while in Kvarner 77 euro, according to the data. 

“Such financial results are completely logical given that Dalmatia has a long season and good prices in hotels, and a great deal has been invested in hotels in Zadar, Šibenik, the Split region, the Makarska Riviera, and the islands to Dubrovnik. Dalmatia has made a step up in the quality of its hotel offer in a number of hotel houses, followed by good prices, the growing season, and good income. Since April, the monthly accommodation revenue per available hotel room in Dalmatia has been the highest in the country due to the highest average room rates,” explains Cerović of this year's hotel business in Croatia.

Asked if the revenue of hotels would be affected by the fact that part of their capacity was put into "last-minute" sales at lower prices due to slow sales, Cerović replied that this would not affect the hotel’s income because it didn’t happen often enough to affect their earnings.

“Although the story of the need to invest in quality in our tourism is already known, all the way to birds on branches, nevertheless, the exact data best confirm how significant the value for money is in revenue. Specifically, revenue management indicators by the category of the hotel in the survey show that total revenue per night is by far the highest in 5-star hotels, reaching 154.20 euro per night in June. At the level of all six months, it is 114 euro per night, and for comparison, the revenue per night in 4-star hotels in June was 80 euro, while in 3-star hotels it was 49.5 euro. And the average room price also depended on the category of accommodation, so in June, 5-star hotels sold for 206 euro on average, 4-star hotels had an average price of 103 euro, and 3-star hotels in June had an average price of 67.4 euro. 

This does not mean, of course, that Croatia should have only the highest category hotels, but the 3-star hotels must be modernly decorated, equipped and renovated, and thus can achieve better prices and higher revenues in its category, experts say. Guests want to know that they have not overpaid, and everyone goes into a financially monitored category and looks for the best service for that category. Nobody can say today ‘it doesn't matter what kind of hotel I am, I will always have guests’, because that is no longer the case, as the financial results of investing in hotels and resting on laurels show best. "

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

On the Road with Domovina Birthright Program: Dalmatia

August 14, 2019 - As previously reported on TCN, the first Domovina Birthright Program took place in Croatia last month, an initiative between the American Croatian Association of Professionals, and the Croatian Government.

The idea of the program is to take the young adults of Croatian descent (ages 18 – 30), who wish to learn about their heritage, explore Croatia, connect with their Croatian identity and meet other young Croatian adults on an amazing trip to Croatia.

Kristiana Banđen is one of the 34 initial participants in the program, and she has kindly agreed to document her journey as she explores the country of her heritage. Over to Kristiana for Day 10-16:

 

The last 6 days of our trip were full on! On Day 10, we spent the morning driving to Zadar from Knin where we spent half the day exploring the city before driving to Šibenik.

I was excited to visit Zadar with the group because it is my favourite city (from all the countries I have visited) ever! Over the summers growing up, my family and I would stay with my aunt in Pakoštane and we would often spend days visiting Zadar, so it brings back a lot of great memories. I have always enjoyed jumping off the sea wall and sitting by the sea organs. I was happy to visit all my favourite spots during our guided walking tour.  After our walking tour, we visited Rector’s Palace for a lecture, exhibition and lunch before driving to Šibenik. 

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When we arrived in Šibenik we had another walking guided tour of the city which I really enjoyed, our tour guide was great and Šibenik is such a beautiful city! It’s a city I’ve visited as a child but have not spent a lot of time here. To end our tour, we visited the Fortress of St. Mihovil that has breathtaking views of the city. Luckily for us, when we were there, singer Tony Cetinski was in the middle of his dress rehearsal for his evening show at the Fortress. 

We enjoyed dinner at restaurant Peškarija to end the day. Great food! 

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The next day, we visited Ivan Meštrović’s mausoleum in Otavice. It was really cool to see so many of the sculptor’s creations throughout the trip. The mausoleum was beautiful, and I highly recommend visiting if you have the chance to! Next, we drove to Imotski, where we enjoyed lunch and the artwork at the Don Ivan Turić’s museum. We explored the city and visited the Blue and Red Lakes. I never even knew Croatia had an attraction like this, I really enjoyed seeing the lakes. Dugopolje was our stop for dinner before ending our day in Split, where, we spent the next 2 nights. Our lodging throughout the trip was mostly in dorms and I really enjoyed sleeping in the student dorms at the local universities. It made our experience in Croatia feel more like a local than a tourist. 

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The start of our tour in Split began at the University of Split for a lecture and tour of the campus. There are so many courses offered in English at all the universities we visited in Croatia. Although I finished my studies, it was interesting to hear that there are so many opportunities to study in Croatia and what each university offered. Following our university tour, we had a walking tour of the city centre of Split. Split is another favourite city of mine, so I enjoyed having some free time for shopping and swimming! Afterwards we visited the Ivan Meštrović gallery. I love touring galleries and this one didn’t disappoint. His work is amazing, especially the meanings behind them, which was nice to hear from our guide. Following the gallery, we walked over to Velum for dinner.

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Last, but not least, the last two days of our trip! From Split, we travelled to Dubrovnik by ferry. After the 5-hour trip in the Old City, we right away jumped onto the ferry to the island of Lokrum where we were greeted upon arrival and walked over to lunch. After lunch and some free time to swim, we toured Rector’s Court back in the Old City and stayed in the centre for dinner.

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The following two days in Dubrovnik concluded our Domovina trip. Throughout the last two days, we had a private walking tour of the city, walked the city walls, viewed the sunset at the top of the city by cable car and visited Cavtat. I have previously visited Dubrovnik when I was really young, that I don’t even remember, so it was great spending a couple of days here with the group. The Old City of Dubrovnik is beautiful, and the walls of Dubrovnik walk is a must do to take in all the sights. I’m glad we had our tour early at 8am. The city gets unbelievably packed after 10am and in the afternoon, it’s almost impossible to walk. For this reason, I really enjoyed being able to visit Cavtat. It’s the perfect location close to Dubrovnik for some peace and quiet, not overcrowded like the Old City. Cavtat is already on my list of cities to return to!

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As Domovina 2019 has ended, I had some time to reflect on the experience. I am truly grateful and appreciative that a program like this was introduced and that I was chosen as part of the members of the first year to attend. Throughout the trip I was able to see, visit and learn so much more of my country that I never knew of. I knew quite a bit about the Croatian culture because as a child I was actively involved in the Croatian community in Vancouver as well as having travelled to Croatia. I was already so proud to be Croatian, but this trip made me appreciate it more. We were able to meet with many politicians and members of the government who made us feel very welcomed. Hearing the excitement from them, about us being here, reflected on the importance of young Croatians from outside of the country to visit, see their roots and uphold our culture and language. All 33 of us (participants) now have a better understanding of our amazing culture and country, which we all brought back to our native homes. The warmth we felt throughout the trip was a feeling of home that we will always cherish and remember.

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If you are interested in being a part of the group next year or in the future, we (and I speak for everyone who attended) highly recommend this experience. It will open your hearts and eyes to your heritage and the experience with others your age from around the world is truly unique and unlike any other. I have memories to cherish a lifetime!

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Monday, 12 August 2019

Record Heatwave on the Horizon? Adriatic Coast on Red Alert

August 12, 2019 - If you thought Sunday was hot on the Adriatic Coast, the worst is yet to come as the peak of summer brings brutal temperatures along for the ride. 

Although the end of the meteorological summer is still a month and a half away, it looks like the two hottest days of this summer are right ahead, reports Dalmacija Danas.

On Sunday, some parts of Dalmatia measured uncomfortably high temperatures. For example, the highest daily air temperature in Knin was 39.3°C, Ploče and Resnik 38°C, and Zemunik 37°C.

However, the new week begins with a warning from DHMZ, who issued a red alert for the entire Adriatic due to the heat. Namely, this is the highest warning level within the MeteoAlarm system.

If the next two days will break temperature records remains to be seen, but we do know that you’ll want to park yourselves under the air conditioning for as long as you can. 

Monday will be sweltering and muggy. The skies will be clear while the wind will be weak or completely absent. The minimum morning air temperatures will range from 18°C somewhere in Zagora (Inland Dalmatia) to 30°C somewhere along the coast. The highest daily temperatures will range from 33°C on the high seas to 40°C in Zagora. 

Tuesday will be mostly clear, though the afternoon in Inland Dalmatia will see moderate to increased cloud development in some areas, with a slight chance of rain showers. It will be quiet or with a light breeze. The morning will be hot with maximum daily temperatures from 33 to 40°C.

A weakened weather front will bring only slightly more variable weather on Wednesday. It will be partly sunny, with occasional cloudy skies. In the second part of the day, there will be light showers with thunder, mostly in southern Dalmatia. There will be a light to moderate bura in the morning and evening and in the daytime, light winds of different directions. It will be a little fresher with maximum daily temperatures between 29 and 35°C.

On Thursday it will be partly sunny, with the occasional moderate clouds and dryness. There will be a light bura wind in the morning, and during the day, a light breeze from the west. The evening and morning are much more comfortable than in the previous days, with maximum daily temperatures between 27 and 32°C.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be mostly sunny and dry. The wind will be weaker; in the evenings bura, in the daytime maestral. The nights will be comfortable, with maximum daily temperatures from 27 to 32°C, and a little higher on Sunday.

You can follow updates from DHMZ here.

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Saturday, 10 August 2019

Dalmatian Windsurfing Genius Achieves Prestigious Meme-Status

The hit Croatian satirical Facebook Page Daily Dose of the Average Dalmatian (Dnevna doza prosječnog Dalmatinca) has been supplying us with priceless content for years, making us laugh during the times when we really need a good, honest laugh.

Recently, they published a photo of a guy who had come up with an innovative method of windsurfing on his board, see it here. The photo was a hit, with over 13 thousand likes and more than a thousand shares, and apparently, it made its way to some people on the internet who don't really have much to do with Croatia, but they do know something about - the meme. 

Imagine my surprise when scrolling through Facebook this morning, and in my timeline seeing this from Make Use Of, one of the world's biggest online publications that issue tips and guides on how to make the most of the internet, computer software, and mobile apps (founded in 2007):

While most certainly not a programmer myself, I can understand the joke in the meme and can appreciate that the image is very versatile and could be used to illustrate numerous similar situations. Additional bit of chuckle for anyone familiar with Jadrolinija comes from the fact that Make Use Of people compared Jadrolinija with "modern" frameworks/libraries, but OK, let's give them a pass with that one. 

If the meme spreads, which is actually quite likely if it was already picked up by a medium with such large community, can you imagine the marketing potential it would hold for Jadrolinija and the Croatian Tourist Board? What do you think, will they be able to recognise and utilise it?

 

(The title is, of course, somewhat sarcastic. But not entirely, as it is fully possible that the individual in question did what he did only so he could become a meme. Or not. This is Dalmatia we're talking about, there's no way of knowing for certain.)

Saturday, 3 August 2019

VIDEOS: Chaos on Streets as Summer Storm Rips through Split

August 3, 2019 - When the forecasts projected a change in weather this weekend, they weren’t kidding around. A look at how this summer storm swept through the Split area.

A rumbling thunderstorm with powerful and blustery winds ripped through the Split area around 10 pm on Friday. The air temperature dropped to just 19 degrees Celsius in a short time - for comparison, the highest daily temperature on Friday was 32 degrees Celsius, Slobodna Dalmacija reported.

“It came from the northwest and descended to Dalmatia. The announced front is crossing our area,” confirmed DHMZ in Split on Friday evening. 

The highest recorded wind gusts in the Split area were 104 km/h, according to DHMZ.

People were warned not to go outside, and those who found themselves outdoors were asked to seek shelter as soon as possible. 

However, on a Friday night in the peak season, we know that’s an impossible ask. 

A look at the scenes on the Split Riva on Friday.

"There was panic in the city. The outdoor terraces were cleared within minutes. Guests ran away without paying their bills," one reader told Slobodna Dalmacija.

The storm also turned one building in the Pujanke area of Split into the house of horrors!

 

At the nearby Star Village of Mosor, Crometeo measured hurricane-like gusts of wind up to 148 km/h!

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The wind carried garbage containers into parked cars.

And made everyone in the warmth of their homes thankful they chose not to go out that night.

After the storm, the Center 112 received numerous calls from citizens reporting fallen trees on the roads, while some reported that they were trapped in an elevator because some parts of the city briefly ran out of power, reported Slobodna Dalmacija.

Some facilities were left without roofs, and most of the calls came from Split, Solin, and Kaštela.

Many calls for help from the sea were also received Friday night.

“We have a lot of calls, and just in the area of ​​Split we have reports of five accidents, and maybe 20 in the whole Adriatic,” said the Port Authority of Split on Friday. No injuries had been reported on Friday night, though more information will be known on Saturday morning. 

The KulaKula festival was also held in Trogir on Friday night in Kamerlengo castle. The storm hit as local favorite Vojko V was on stage. The storm cut out the sound, but Vojko boldly continued his concert in an unplugged version. 

However, the storm became worse and started to pick up chairs, umbrellas, equipment, and branches. The audience then began running away from the concert venue, and as one Dalmacija Danas reader said, there was a lot of panic on the way out.

Fortunately, the weather forecast for Saturday is looking much more favorable.

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You can follow the weather report here.

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Sunday, 28 July 2019

VIDEOS: Istria on Red Alert, Roads Flooded in Dalmatia as Storm Hits Croatia

A summer storm followed by a torrential downpour and strong southern winds caused problems along the coast of Croatia on Sunday.

In Istria and Kvarner, the red Meteo alarm was switched on, while the rest of the coast is on the somewhat weaker, orange Meteo alarm, reports Index.hr on July 28, 2019. 

"The weather is mostly cloudy and unstable with intermittent rain and thunderstorms. There can still be thunderstorms along the coast followed by intense winds, but also waterspouts, especially in Dalmatia. The wind is blowing weak to moderate to the southeast, on the most of the Adriatic to a moderate southwest, and in Dalmatia, there is a very strong southern wind. In the evening, the wind will weaken everywhere. The highest daily temperature is between 25 and 30°C,” read the DHMZ forecast for Sunday.

The summer storm particularly hit Šibenik-Knin County. The wind knocked down trees and thrust them onto the roads.

One sailboat was swept to the shore in Primošten, as was a small dinghy near Šibenik, and the wind carried it to the bridge, said the Center 112.

"The Harbor Commander has been informed about everything, and the main thing is that there are no victims, everyone is safe," said the watch operator.

In addition, Center 112 received numerous reports and requests to remove branches from the roads in Skradin, Pirovac, Kistanja, Srima and Šibenik.

In Kašić, a strong wind collapsed a tree through the wire of a pipeline and the villagers are having problems with electricity. 

A short water spout flooded Poljička cesta in Split. A hundred meters of the road near the intersection with Ulica Bruna Bušića was completely flooded. 

In the video, you can see how the road looked between the two Split hospitals. 

The Blatine neighborhood in Split also saw fallen trees.

Hvar couldn't escape the floods, either.

Heavy rain fell all morning in the area of Imotski, and some thirty liters of rain per square meter is said to have fallen in two hours, which caused flooding on the roads. 

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Dalmatians Saving Croatian Population: More Births On Coast

In only eleven Croatian cities and 47 municipalities out of a total of 566, were there more births than deaths, but most children were born in the coastal counties.

As Morski writes on the 23rd of July, 2019, Croatia's demographic picture continues to be bleak, and what might seem like a dying nation is being kept above water mainly by Dalmatians, which act as a bright spot on the demographic map of this country, where, as mentioned, out of a total of 566 Croatian cities and municipalities, only eleven cities and 47 municipalities were there more births than deaths last year.

In 2018, Split-Dalmatia County had the largest municipalities and cities with a positive natural population increase, included are four towns, Kaštela, Sinj, Solin, and Vrgorac, and ten municipalities, Baška Voda, Bol, Dugopolje, Klis, Podbablje, Podgora, Podstrana, Postira, Prolog, and Zadvarje, all of which had more births than deaths. This has been proven by the latest data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, Večernji list writes.

As stated, the Croatian cities and municipalities with a positive natural increase are mostly coastal counties, in Split-Dalmatia, Zadar, Istria, with one continental Croatian exception - Međimurje County.

52,706 people died in 2018 in Croatia, and 36,945 babies were born, in as many as 492 Croatian towns and municipalities and the City of Zagreb, there was a population decrease and only five municipalities and cities had the same number of births and deaths.

Although 389 more babies were born in 2018 than in 2017, that's merely a drop in the ocean, and a worrying one at that, when it is a well known fact that Croatia had more than 7,500 more births back in 2009 than today.

Demographer from Ivo Pilar Institute, prof. dr. Nenad Pokos, points out that the number of live births compared to deaths was recorded in only 58 Croatian municipalities and cities, or just 10.2 percent of their total number.

''Of the positive examples in the first place, it's certainly worth mentioning the town of Sinj, where there were 15 more people born last year than died, while in 2017, there were 42 more deaths than births.

In Sinj, the number of live births is larger than it was 2015, by as many as 34 births, and then compared again to 2016 where there 25 births, so in Sinj's case, we can rightly say that it is one of the few places to have recorded a baby boom.

In the Split area, the number of municipalities and towns with a natural increase is higher as Solin, Kaštela, Dugopolje, Klis and Podstrana are located here, while in Dugi Rat there is an equal number of live births and deaths.

The number of places with natural population growth in the Zadar region (Biograd, Bibinje, Galovac, Pakoštane, Poličnik and Tkon) is relatively high, while once again, Zadar has a natural decline as it also did last year, although during the period between 2011-2017, there were 355 more births than deaths.

In the Rijeka area, the record holder for natural population growth is still the Municipality of Viškovo, where the younger population has been coming and settling for the past few decades due to the possibility of easier employment in the immediate vicinity, as well as lower land prices and cheaper living costs than in Rijeka itself.

In Omišalj, there are more births than there are deaths, which is due to the proximity of Rijeka, the Rijeka suburbs, and Kostrena, stated Pokos.

More than births than deaths have also been recorded by ten towns and municipalities in Istria County, but they are very low numbers because only Poreč and the municipality of Tinjan have more births, more precisely five more, than deaths.

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