Sunday, 3 October 2021

Vinkovci Urban Area To Absorb at Least €25 M Under ITU Mechanism

ZAGREB, 3 Oct, 2021 - An agreement on cooperation in drafting and implementing the Vinkovci urban development strategy for the financial period 2021-2027, worth at least €25 million, was signed in this eastern city earlier this week by the mayors of Vinkovci, Otok and nine adjacent municipalities.

Besides Vinkovci, as the centre of the urban area, and the city of Otok, the agreement was signed by the municipalities of Andrijaševci, Ivankovo, Jarmina, Nijemci, Nuštar, Privlaka, Stari Jankovci, Stari Mikanovci and Vođinci.

This agreement has opened up new opportunities for the city of Vinkovci and the entire urban area, said Vinkovci Mayor Ivan Bosančić, underscoring that this was an opportunity to give fresh impetus to the development of the urban area using the mechanisms and funds of the European Union.

"Through the ITU mechanism, local government units connect and work together, and we have many links. From the economy and culture to education, there is almost no area in which we are not connected," he said.

According to Bosančić, the signatories of the agreement will have about €25 million at their disposal for projects important for the development of the area, and the focus will be on projects in the field of education and economy.

Otok Mayor Josip Šarić said the city authorities were interested in investments in projects for the reconstruction and construction of unclassified roads.

"This is a great opportunity to use EU funds for projects we consider most necessary," the mayor of Otok said.

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Sunday, 19 September 2021

Vučedol Archaeological Park to be Backbone of Slavonia and Baranja Tourism

September 19, 2021 - The Vučedol Archaeological Park project was presented at the Museum of Vučedol Culture to introduce the events that will follow in the next two years.

Namely, this extensive project includes the construction, reconstruction, and revitalization of the archeological site, communal and catering infrastructure, and the tourist promotion of the entire project on an area of slightly more than 28 hectares, reports HRTurizam.

“The Vučedol Archaeological Park project is conceived as a platform, backbone, and initiator of a complex program of systematic interdisciplinary research of the Vučedol archaeological site, which expands the area of Vučedol. It presents as an archeological-historical, but also a tourist-catering and sports-recreational center," said the director of the Museum of Vučedol Culture, Mirela Hutinec.

At the future site, there will be a planetarium, info point and scientific research center, restaurant, area for the presentation of Vučedol livestock, a museum square, Vučedol labyrinth and children's playground, reconstruction of the Megaron and Vučedol settlement, a stilt house on Orlov otok, and passenger and communal port for boats. These are big plans that, once realized, will be the backbone of tourism in Slavonia and Baranja and an important place for scientists and researchers.

The project's specific objectives are preserving the Vučedol archaeological site and enriching the cultural (archaeological) and tourist offer by using creative, innovative, and technologically advanced solutions in education, presentation, and promotion of the Vučedol Archaeological Park.

The partners of this vital project are the Croatian Ministry of Culture and Media, the City of Vukovar, the Public Institution Port Authority of Vukovar, and the Vukovar Tourist Board. The project value is 117,299,998.51 kuna, of which 85%, or 99,704,998.72 kuna, are grants from the European Regional Development Fund.

In the entire locality of Vučedol, after 40 years of systematic research, only 10 to 12% of the area has been explored. So, we can still expect new knowledge about the Vučedol culture.

"In Europe, the highest level of civilization was developed by the Vučedol culture, which began here on Vučedol around three thousand years ago. As far as we know, this is the oldest locality of the Vučedol culture, and everything started from this area. Here we have the oldest Indo-European calendar, excavated at the site in Vinkovci. If we can recognize and read it, then we have the oldest pictorial letter of Indo-Europe," said Professor Aleksandar Durman, who has been working on researching Vučedol culture for many years.

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Sunday, 5 September 2021

Vinkovci Employment Rate Encouraging, Potential for New Jobs High

September the 5th, 2021 - Vinkovci isn't a place that most people associate with economics in any way. Located in continental Croatia and further east than the City of Zagreb, many perhaps wrongly lump it in with other wrongly overlooked parts of the country which rarely get a mention in a positive economic light. That said, the Vinkovci employment rate is very encouraging, and entrepreneurs bringing job opportunities have their eye on the town.

As Novac writes, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Vinkovci is the only city in all of Eastern Croatia that is among the ten cities in the Republic of Croatia in terms of the number of employees per thousand inhabitants. Thanks to the support of the state and the City of Vinkovci, the number of entrepreneurs in Vinkovci is growing day by day, and there are no more places in the entrepreneurial zones - that's why new ones are being built.

In one Vinkovci plant, oak, walnut, ash and elm are cut, cut and dried, they make wooden products related to the serving of food for the hospitality and catering industry, said the owner Dragan Zaksek for HRT. The more unusual boards and trays are designed by Borna, who plans to work with his father after completing his high school education.

Vice Bozic successfully runs a digital marketing agency and is looking for new employees. He currently has three employees in his agency and their goal, he says, is to expand his business and work for companies from all over the world from Vinkovci.

The Vinkovci employment rate is encouraging, and there are eighteen enterprises looking for more labour in the now full business incubators, said manager Josip Cacic. They are even willing to co-finance the training of the workforce provided they commit to staying and working for them.

''We have a historically large number of employees, and this is perhaps a more important fact at this time. Throughout this pandemic, we felt almost nothing in terms of the number of employees, the gross salary grew by over 1000 kuna and there have been over 1000 new employees,'' stated the mayor of Vinkovci, Ivan Bosancic, of the impressive Vinkovci employment rate.

Vinkovci also provides subsidies to entrepreneurs and their companies, and they then provide higher salaries to their workers. Both entrepreneurial zones have been filled up, and they're now planning to bring foreign investors into the new one they're building and thus create even more new jobs.

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Friday, 3 September 2021

Vinkovci Autumns Presents Program For Its 56th Edition, Begins in One Week!

September 3, 2021 - There is only one week left until the beginning of the 56th Vinkovci Autumns, which will shine with their old splendor this year. Once again, for ten days, the Vinkovci Autumn will bring a handful of events and show why it is the biggest manifestation of traditional culture in this part of Europe.

Yesterday, the Organizing Committee of Vinkovci Autumns officially presented the program of this year's event, reports HrTurizam. Unlike last year’s which were organized for the first time in special circumstances, the 56th edition takes on a look that everyone is already used to.

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It all starts on September 10th with Folklore Evenings that will last until September 15th. 46 societies from Vukovar-Srijem County have registered, 43 will perform at the Folklore Evenings, while three societies will host the State Folklore Festival on September 18th and 19th. The first weekend is reserved for the youngest guardians of traditional culture and the Inter-County Festival of Children's Folklore Groups. 12 counties and the City of Zagreb will participate, and in the Children's Parade on Sunday, September 12, we will be able to see a total of 47 groups.

Slavonski sokak opens its doors on the first day, and as it has always been there, with the support of tamburitza players, you will find a rich offer of domestic and indigenous products of 51 exhibitors. Six winemakers this year will be at the Wine Alley where you will be able to from Monday, September 13, while the next day the main stars will be members of the Folklore Ensemble Lisinski who are celebrating 70 years of existence.

The highlight of the event begins with the grand opening on Friday, September 17th. Saturday is reserved for the National Folklore Festival, and on Sunday we traditionally go to the festive Parade in the city center. The parade of the 56th Vinkovci Autumns will be enriched by 42 local folklore societies and 28 invited societies, which are the highest ever.

Vinkovci is the oldest town in Europe, and it is located 21 km west of Vukovar, 39 km east of Đakovo, and 43 km south of Osijek.

"Thank you to everyone who contributes to Vinkovci Autumns being the biggest event in Croatia and beyond. I hope that we will all adhere to epidemiological measures and try not to endanger anyone. I think we’ve learned to live with that already. A lot is waiting for us, we had to leave something out, but everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy the rich content for all ages", said the President of the Organizing Committee, Mayor Ivan Bosančić. He stressed that there will be no tents this year and everything will take place in the open, more precisely on the stage in the city center.

For more information, visit the Vinkovci Autumns official website, or their official Facebook page.

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Saturday, 3 July 2021

Saul Tikvić from Vinkovci is the Moja.hr Film Competition Winner

July 3, 2021 - In sixty seconds, participants had to visually express why the county or the place where they live has grown close to their hearts. After reviewing all 21 videos, the jury decided on the Vukovar-Srijem team, led by director Saul Tikvić, as the winners.

Vinkovci's Saul Tikvić is the winner of the final of the Moja.hr project, a competition for the best one-minute film about the county or place where the author lives, reports Turističke priče. It is a project of Večernji list in which the Croatian Radio and Television was a partner, and it was supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Croatian Tourist Board. The young team, which included Davorin Kresic, Dunja Šaran, and Dario Hegeduš, along with Tikvić as the host, made a winning film about Vukovar-Srijem County. The award was presented to them at a ceremony held on Thursday night by the Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac.

''We did not expect the award, because the competition was really high quality. After announcing third and second place we thought we had no chance of being first, but then came a surprise for all of us on the team. We couldn't believe how we shot the best video in the country'', Tikvić shared his impressions from the awards ceremony.

According to the director of the Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board, Rujana Bušić Srpak, the beautiful images of Vukovar-Srijem County, together with the music and narrative of Dunja Šuran, who appears in the video, send a correct and positive image, and the experience of young people living here give extra importance to the whole project.

''We made our first contact with Saul Tikvić last year when we organized a photo workshop, in which he also participated. For the Moja.hr project, we formed a team that worked completely on a voluntary basis, and we as the tourist board were the coordinators, that is, we helped and gave support to these young people. Ultimately, the film is entirely their own work, because we didn’t want to interfere with the script. This success is an excellent promotion for our county, which will host the awards ceremony next year, which will further promote Vukovar-Srijem County'', said Srpak.

The Moja.hr project aims to encourage young people to show the beauty, creativity, and emotion of the county in which they live. In sixty seconds, the authors had to say why the county or the place where they live has grown close to their hearts, why they love living there, and express their personality and creativity in these answers. After reviewing all 21 videos, the jury decided on the Vukovar-Srijem team as the winners.

''The shooting of the film lasted about a month at locations throughout the Vukovar-Srijem County. We changed the script several times, but in the end, we were satisfied with what we did. The award means a lot to me because I decided to dedicate myself completely to photography, filming, and editing. Namely, a few hours before receiving the award, I resigned from my job, because photos and videos are my love, to which I want to dedicate more time, and I intend to do videos and commercials. The award will certainly help me achieve that goal'', director Saul Tikvić points out.

For winning first place, Tikvić was awarded a cash prize in the amount of HRK 15,000, a tablet, and an annual e-subscription to Večernji list. The money will be shared with the whole team, and one part, as required by the rules in Slavonia, will be spent on a celebration, or a party with friends.

''In Vinkovci, where we came from Slovakia, I have been alone since I was five years old and it is a city that I love and that I would never leave. I worked for a few months in Sweden, it can be well earned, but it’s not the life for me. I returned to Vinkovci where I feel much better and I would never leave them again'', said Tikvic, who announced that in a few days the Tourist Board of Vinkovci will publish a video of the Roman Days in Vinkovci, where he worked with Davorin Krešić.

In the end, the second prize of the Moja.hr project went to the team from Medulin consisting of Darko Privrat, Mateo Ostojić, and Hugo Vojak, and the third to Timon Terzić, Bojan Horvat, and Dario Mikulek from Varaždin.

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Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Vinkovci City Museum Becomes 2nd Pet-Friendly Museum in Croatia

May 19, 2021 - The Vinkovci City Museum has become the second pet-friendly museum in Croatia! 

HRTurizam reports that museums around the world are celebrating International Museum Day with the theme “The Future of Museums: Recovery and Rethinking.” Numerous Croatian museums joined the celebration, including the Vinkovci City Museum, which has become a pet-friendly museum as of Tuesday!

The number of pet-friendly destinations in Croatia and the world is constantly growing, especially in the tourism sector, and more and more often, many museums are opening their doors to pets. As of Tuesday, the selected society of European and world museums has been joined by the Vinkovci City Museum, which, unlike most others, visitors will be able to enter with pets during regular working hours.

"We have thus become the second museum in Croatia and the first museum that allows its visitors to visit the museum with their pets during regular working hours. The Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb is the first pet-friendly museum, but it allows you to visit with pets only on Saturdays. We have promulgated house rules, rules that must be known. We must not forget that some people are afraid of dogs, but this action intends to get rid of fear, to accept the fact that our pets are our responsibility, but also joy and pleasure," said the director of the museum Hrvoje Vulić.

Pets marked the International Museum Day in Vinkovci. Several foster dogs were shown, children participated in the workshop "Find a paw," several workshops on pets were held in the Gallery with the museum therapy dog Bella "Meet the museum snout," and the organizers prepared a tour of the museum with Bella and an award for the most beautiful selfie of the day with a pet in the museum.

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Sunday, 18 April 2021

Croatian Graduate Perspective: The View from Emma in Vinkovci

April 18, 2021 - Continuing our Croatian Graduate Perspective series with Emma in Vinkovci, who believes great job offers and careers that provide lots of traveling would encourage young people to stay, because "it wouldn't make you wish to leave Croatia." This is her full story.

With many young people emigrating from Croatia, what keeps those who decided to stay (at least for now)?

The emigration of young people from Croatia in search of better business opportunities and living standards, unfortunately, is a well-known story. Each of us young people in Croatia knows at least a few people from their environment who, at one point, said that enough was enough and decided to seek happiness somewhere abroad.

According to official Eurostat data, from 2015 to 2019, Croatia's population decreased by 4.26 inhabitants per 1,000 citizens only thanks to emigration. Therefore, the Croatian emigration rate is the second-worst in the European Union (after Lithuania).

These data indicate that economic prosperity influences population decisions to emigrate. Besides, due to the exodus of the young and working population, there is an additional reduction in GDP per capita that closes the cycle of poverty and decline in Croatia.

However, there are many who are aware of the poor position of young people in Croatia but still do not want to give up and decide to stay in Croatia. We're wondering what do those young people, recent graduates, think about this whole situation and what are their reasons for staying in Croatia.

We continue our series with Emma from Vinkovci in eastern Croatia.

First of all, please introduce yourself. What are you studying/what did you study? Do you have a job currently? 

My name is Emma Stephanie Gaunt. I am studying costume design, and I am in my final year of MA. I am currently working as a key costumer and as a costume standby on a project for a television series.

What is it like being a student/recent graduate in Croatia during this coronavirus time?

For faculties that operate on a project basis, it has not been easy. We had very few opportunities to connect and meet new collaborators, and the main thing with this job is to be known for who you are, how you work, and what you want to do. But currently, the situation is improving, and projects are coming to be a bit unexpectedly.

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What are your experiences searching for a job in your profession in Croatia?

I haven't been actively searching for the last year because of Covid-19, and theatres aren't permitted to make new productions yet, so I am sure not many theatres need a costume assistant or wardrobe assistant in the theatre. Sometimes in this profession, jobs get offered to you. Usually, people from past projects contact you about a new project and want to include you. That has been working for me for now, but it wouldn't have happened if I have been passive in the past about my work.

What do you think of the Croatian Government's efforts to provide opportunities for graduates?

I think they are doing a fine job regarding engineering and medical students, but I don't think there is much they can do for costume design students.

Many young people your age decide to emigrate from Croatia to find a better job opportunity and/or life standard. What do you think about it?

I think they should go for it. Croatia is not a big country, and some jobs are not as wanted here as they are somewhere else. One of the main reasons for choosing costume design is to go out, travel, and improve. There is a lot of things you can learn out there. Everyone works differently.

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In your opinion, what would encourage young people to stay in Croatia?

I have noticed lately that primarily students attached to their family or the ones who are going to inherit a house or piece of land are optimistic about staying here. I have also noticed that lots of people who leave Croatia come back for its relaxed everyday approach and way of working and living, and of course the great weather that we have here. I think for every student, the key to staying is mainly attachment and home. I guess the thing that would encourage young people to stay are great job offers straight after university and a career that provides lots of traveling because it wouldn't make you wish to leave Croatia.

Have you ever considered moving out of Croatia and why?

Yes. I feel that Croatia is really small for me and that if I could reach more audience, I think I should. I don't have many attachments here in Croatia, so it is easier for me to leave.

As a recent graduate, what is your impression of the education system in Croatia? What do you think is good about it and what could be better?

What I like about the Croatian education system is that, unlike some other countries, we can go to high schools that educate us about a particular vocation and craft. It is very useful, and it has also been for me.

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Based on your own experience, can you say that everything is possible in Croatia if you work hard, work on yourself, are educated and ambitious?

Yes, I believe it is, just some jobs here don't have the audience for it, and that can maybe be a problem, but sometimes you can reach your audience online, so it also works.

If you could change only one thing in Croatia, what would it be, and why do you think it's important?

The thing I really don't like in Croatia is the old communist system stemming out in different ways and functions. For instance, last year, during the first lockdown, people were being checked if they stayed at their homes by the police a few times in 2 days for some people. Even people who lived during Tito's time still stand by his politics.

As a young Croatian, what are you most proud of in Croatia?

The country's beauty and the lifestyle. And of course, our football players.

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Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of Croatia, and will it be a better or worse place for your children?

I think Croatia is one of the best countries to raise your children. It is a really safe and innocent country. I believe it will be a better place.

Are you a student or recent graduate who would like to contribute your voice and experiences to this series? If yes, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject "Graduate."

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Sunday, 14 March 2021

Eastern Croatian City Boasts Baby Boom

ZAGREB, 13 March 2021- During 2020, Vinkovci had 289 newborn babies, or 32 more than in 2019, the mayor of this eastern Croatian city, Ivan Bosančić told Hina recently.

This rise of 11% ranks Vinkovci on the second place after Osijek in terms of the growth in births in 2020, said the mayor, ascribing those developments to the local authorities' population policy.

In the last four years, the city administration has allocated HRK 1.9 million for baby support grants.

Also, HRK 40.4 million has been set aside to co-fund pre-school institutions, 4.8 million kuna has been invested in providing equal social conditions, and HRK 7.2 million for scholarships.

Bosančić of the HDZ party notes that currently 321 students receive city scholarships, or twice as many as in 2017.

Since 2017, 13 playground facilities have been built or rebuilt and some other sports utilities have been upgraded in this eastern city.

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Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Vinkovci Supports Hospitality Workers with HRK 2,000, Plans to Cancel Consumption Tax

March 2, 2021 - Great news from Slavonia, as the City of Vinkovci supports hospitality workers with HRK 2,000 and plans to cancel the consumption tax. 

HRTurizam writes that catering, as one of the hardest-hit sectors of the economy, will welcome any aid at the moment. Epidemiological measures and restrictions have left an indelible mark on the numerous lives of employees in the hospitality industry.

To overcome this difficult period, the City of Vinkovci has announced support for catering facilities. The first aid refers to one-time assistance of HRK 2,000 to employees in the hospitality industry, while the city will also cancel consumption tax.

“Caterers are an important part of entrepreneurship in our city, and any job that depends on them is also invaluable. Therefore, we have decided to help our caterers, and HRK 800,000 have been provided for this purpose, and the funds will be distributed so that applicants will receive HRK 2,000 per employee. We hope that this measure of ours, with state aid, will be enough to overcome this situation they are in, against their will," said the mayor of Vinkovci Ivan Bosančić, and added that caterers would continue to pay only one kuna for renting public space, which should make it easier for them to do business during the summer.

Furthermore, the mayor of Vinkovci announced that they had plans to cancel the city consumption tax. It is a proposal that will go to the City Council, and the decision should be applied from the beginning of next year. Until now, the consumption tax rate in Vinkovci was 3%, and the City of Vinkovci had an annual income of around HRK 900,000. 

This news comes after the mayor of Sveta Nedelja, Dario Zurovec, announced on his Facebook profile that all owners of catering facilities and gyms in the city area would receive one-time assistance of HRK 1,500.

"One-time assistance of the Sveta Nedelja City to cafes, restaurants, gyms, and fitness centers in the amount of 1,500 kuna will at least somewhat alleviate the difficult situation in which our fellow citizens find themselves, whose right to work is limited due to epidemiological measures. Vision, ambition, development, and responsible management have resulted in our city setting standards for the whole of Croatia in recent years. I want us to continue to be that – an example for others city," wrote Mayor Dario Zurović on his Facebook page.

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Sunday, 21 February 2021

Croatian Graduate Perspective: The View from Mislav in Vinkovci

February 21, 2021 - "Students should be more educated about self-employment. What is needed to be done is to encourage them, teach them their rights, show them ways to become independent, so they can start on their own," says Mislav in Vinkovci, our next interviewee in the Croatian Graduate Perspective series in which we investigate recent graduates' attitudes about job and life opportunities in Croatia. This is his story.

With many young people emigrating from Croatia, what keeps those who decided to stay (at least for now)?

The emigration of young people from Croatia in search of better business opportunities and living standards, unfortunately, is a well-known story. Each of us young people in Croatia knows at least a few people from their environment who, at one point, said that enough was enough and decided to seek happiness somewhere abroad.

According to official Eurostat data, from 2015 to 2019, Croatia's population decreased by 4.26 inhabitants per 1,000 citizens only thanks to emigration. Therefore, the Croatian emigration rate is the second-worst in the European Union (after Lithuania).

These data indicate that economic prosperity influences population decisions to emigrate. Besides, due to the exodus of the young and working population, there is an additional reduction in GDP per capita that closes the cycle of poverty and decline in Croatia.

However, there are many who are aware of the poor position of young people in Croatia, but still do not want to give up and decide to stay in Croatia. We're wondering what do those young people, recent graduates, think about this whole situation and what are their reasons for staying in Croatia.

We continue our series with Mislav from Vinkovci in eastern Croatia.

First of all, please introduce yourself. What are you studying/what did you study? Do you currently have a job?

My name is Mislav, and I live in Zagreb, where I graduated in Software Engineering from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. I'm from Vinkovci, and as you can see in the photo, I love cycling.

Currently, I am working as a software engineer for a software agency in Zagreb.

What is it like being a student/recent graduate in Croatia during this coronavirus time?

From when this all started, not much has changed for me – except for my working place. As a software engineer, I am used to working remotely. Coronavirus only made me work remotely more often, which means filling my room with monitors and extra comfortable chairs.

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What are your experiences searching for a job in your profession in Croatia?

I started with my job hunt four years ago – as a student. My faculty organizes various job fairs, so I had the opportunity to learn about my potential working places during my college years. What I had to do was pick the ones which I found most interesting and convince them that I was the person they needed.

What do you think of the Croatian Government's efforts to provide opportunities for graduates?

I think that students should be more educated about self-employment. During my college years, I met so many capable people who can do great things. What is needed to be done is to encourage them, teach them their rights, show them ways to become independent, so they can start doing business on their own.

Many young people your age decide to emigrate from Croatia to find a better job opportunity and/or life standard. What do you think about it?

Everyone has their priorities. I understand the ones who seek better living standards or found better offers. There are many things that they are sacrificing or giving up, including living in your hometown and being close to your friends and family, which can be really, really hard. On the other hand, they avoid being frustrated about some common things in Croatia, which you will never come across somewhere else.

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In your opinion, what would encourage young people to stay in Croatia?

Better political order, more legal business, fairer employment, and fairer wages.

Have you ever considered leaving Croatia?

No, I have not.

As a recent graduate, what is your impression of the education system in Croatia? What do you think is good about it and what could improve?

What we need to do better is teach children about their possibilities and what they can become while they are at a younger age. Also, we need to introduce more practical work in schools and faculties.

Based on your own experience, would you say that everything is possible in Croatia if you work hard, work on yourself, are educated and ambitious?

The answer I am giving to this question does not depend on any particular country. I met many hard-working and diligent people who struggle with their careers because of the current situation. I would say that in the end, it all depends on how well you adapt to a particular situation and how many times you fall before you finally succeed.

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As a young Croatian, what are you most proud of in Croatia?

When foreign people ask me about my country, I cannot resist telling them everything about our beautiful coast, islands, and clear water. After telling them about our cities' great culture, I must end with describing our people who are always cheerful, no matter what.

Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of Croatia, and will it be a better or worse place for your children?

As an eternal optimist, I will always believe in bright times. I will always hope that young people will welcome positive change in their lives, and I will always be the first one willing to stand up and work for a brighter future.

Are you a student or recent graduate who would like to contribute your voice and experiences to this series? If yes, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject "Graduate."

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