Thursday, 23 March 2023

Moving Vegetables: Croatia's Finest Food Tradition

March 23, 2023 - Growing one's own food is a big thing in Croatia, but how to get the fresh produce to other family members all over the country? Meet the fabulous culture of moving vegetables. Premiering tonight at 19:53. Food in Croatia is fantastic. And so, so fresh. With so many families growing their own food, it is not a long journey from the family field to the table. Or is it? Over the years, I have learned that it is not possible to go on a long journey in this region between two cities without a boot full…
Wednesday, 22 March 2023

The Croatian EU Blue Card Scheme - How Do I Get One?

March the 22nd, 2023 - The EU Blue Card scheme is a special sort of status given to third country nationals (non-EEA/EU citizens) and British nationals who are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement who are highly qualified. It allows them to live in an EU member state for the purpose of taking up gainful employment there. How does one go about getting a Croatian EU Blue Card? Is there a difference between the Croatian EU Blue Card (plava karta) and a normal residence/stay and work permit? Although they both allow the holder the ability to work and take up…
Monday, 20 March 2023

Developing Love-Hate Relationship with Quintessentially Croatian Skill of “Getting By”

March 20, 2023 - Swapping life in New Zealand for Croatia brings some changes. We are delighted to welcome Silvia Vidovic to TCN, writing contributor number 188 since we started 8 years ago. If you would like to contribute a piece about the Croatia where you are, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Subject Writing. As a little girl growing up in New Zealand, the one thing I remember most is the taste of freedom. Bare feet, wild, sandy beaches, tramping through lush silver fern forests, driving for kilometres without anything or anyone in sight....and sheep, lots of them! School was a very relaxed…
Monday, 20 March 2023

Exploring The Croatian Language - The Southwestern Istrian Dialect

March the 20th, 2023 - While you will likely have heard of Istrian, or the Istrian dialect, unless you're into linguistics, you may know less about the dialects and subdialects within that scope. Have you ever heard of the southwestern Istrian dialect?  We've explored many of the dialects, subdialects and indeed languages in their own right as some linguists consider them to be which are spoken across modern Croatia. From the Dubrovnik subdialect (Ragusan) in the extreme south of Dalmatia to Northwestern Kajkavian in areas like Zagorje, the ways in which people speak in this country deviate from what we know as standard Croatian…
Thursday, 16 March 2023

Vukovar Card to Be Presented at Dangerous Ideas 2 Zagreb Conference

March 16, 2023 - So what are the ideas to build a better Croatia? An innovative conference in Zagreb on Saturday - the second edition of Dangerous Ideas. This is turning out to be a hugely positive week for me.  Firstly, I welcomed on board my first official partner to try and realise my concept of the Dalmatian 'Olympics' of Traditional Dalmatian Games, an attend to preserve and celebrate the individual heritage of Dalmatian villages before some of these traditions are lost. You can read more about the concept in Introducing the Traditional Dalmatian Games Olympics: Get Involved! Yesterday's fun was…
Wednesday, 15 March 2023

My Greatest Achievement in Croatia: a Seat on the Dalmatian Bench

March 15, 2023 - Life in Dalmatia is amazing. The pace of life, the polako, the pomalo, the laganini. Over the years, I became fixated with the wise elders of Jelsa, as they gathered each evening on the white bench under the Mayor's office to discuss the weighty matters of the day. I can't explain it but I became a little bit obsessed, and all I wanted was an invitation to sit with them on the bench, an honour that is never bestowed upon foreigners, I was assured.
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Wednesday, 15 March 2023

How to Authenticate/Legalise Foreign and Croatian Documents

March the 15th, 2023 - In this edition of How to Croatia, I'm going to take you through the process of authenticating both foreign-issued and Croatian documents. For documents issued by certain countries, no such procedure is required. Read on. First things first, why do you need to have certain foreign and Croatian documents authenticated, and what does that even mean? Authentication is the legalisation of certain documents that Croatia requires to go through that process, such as diplomas, certificates, or public documents such as records. Let's say you're an Indian national and you have documents issued to you officially…
Monday, 13 March 2023

Is Ireland Losing Its Title of Promised Land for Croatian Expats?

 March 13, 2023 - Whisper it quietly, but more and more people are relocating to Croatia from the diaspora. In a new TCN series, we meet them to find out how they are faring and what advice they have for others thinking of making the switch. It seems that the promised land for Croatian expats has been sending them back at an increased rate. Judging by recent trends, Jutarnji writes, it looks like the situation is changing and that Ireland is no longer as desirable a country as it was in the last ten years since Croatia's entry into the EU.…
Monday, 13 March 2023

Exploring The Croatian Language - The Slavonian Dialect

March the 13th, 2023 - Standard Croatian is made up of a very significant number of dialects and subdialects. From the extreme south of Dalmatia to the northernmost points of modern Croatian territory, the way people speak varies considerably. Have you ever heard of the Slavonian dialect? We've explored many of the dialects, subdialects and indeed languages in their own right as some linguists consider them to be which are spoken across modern Croatia. From the Dubrovnik subdialect (Ragusan) in the extreme south of Dalmatia to Northwestern Kajkavian in areas like Zagorje, the ways in which people speak in this country deviate from what…
Sunday, 12 March 2023

Do All Brits Living in the Balkans Work for MI6?

March 12, 2023 - Being a Brit in Croatia comes with its own peculiarities. Despite being born in 1969, I am apparently responsible for the events in Bleiburg in 1945, for example. And we are all arrogant colonialists (I also spent a lot of my time in Kenya apologising for the British colonial past before I was born). And of course, the main topic - what the hell are Brits doing living in Croatia? There can only be one answer - they are undercover operatives for MI6. After 20 years of rumour and accusation, including the delightful claim that I am…
Friday, 10 March 2023

Superb Education at Harfa International School Attracts More Foreigners to Split

  There are many reasons why people fall in love with Split and are attracted to it. Most of those reasons involve great climate and a laid-back life style compared to the western world. But lately we hear more and more people move to Split permanently because of superb education offered at Harfa International School. It’s not a rarity that we hear: -      We came on holidays, fell in love with Split, and when we learned about a great education offered to our children, we decided to call this city our home. Split is every parent's dream come…
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