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Opatija Celebrates 170th Anniversary Of Tourism

Sep 4th, 2014

The northern Adriatic town of – the cradle of European and Croatian tourism and a favourite destination of the aristocracy - this year celebrates its 170th anniversary as a tourist resort. The reputation of a top destination that…

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Croatian captain criticises ref

Jun 20th, 2012

Croatia's outgoing soccer captain has claimed that his team was unfairly denied a chance to reach the quarter-finals in the Euro 2012 tournament. In the wake of Croatia's decisive group clash with Spain, Darijo Srna said that his side was denied…

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Riddle of Zagreb Mummy solved?

Apr 29th, 2012

A seemingly female mummy belonging to Zagreb's Archaeological Museum is in fact the embalmed body of a man who suffered from a rare, cancer-like condition, scientists believe. Analysts in Zagreb reckon that the man had suffered from…

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Jolie attends Croatian premiere of war film

Feb 25th, 2012

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has attended the Croatian premiere of her controversial war film In the Land of Blood and Honey. The debut director was joined by her partner Brad Pitt, and the couple greeted fans and signed autographs prior to…

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Tourism boom continues in Croatia

Dec 29th, 2011

In spite of the global credit crunch, Croatia's tourism industry continues to go from strength to strength, with 1.2 million more visitors in 2011 than in 2009, the year the crisis began. Statistics were released in late December, as relayed by…

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Last communist leader dies in Zagreb

Nov 27th, 2011

The last Prime Minister of communist Yugoslavia has died in the Croatian capital. He was 87. Ante Markovic became prime minister of Yugoslavia in March 1989, just months before Germans began to tear down the Berlin Wall amidst a domino-like…

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Croatian dad calls son 'stupidest' burglar in Switzerland

Sep 27th, 2011

A Croatian dad has called his son one of the stupidest burglars in Switzerland after the lad and two friends were caught on a cooking and drinking spree in a kebab shop. Police were called in the town of Hochdorf, central Switzerland, when…

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Boom year for tourism in Croatia

Aug 21st, 2011

Croatia's tourism minister has declared that 2011 is set to be the strongest year yet for the country, with images of communist drudgery and the more recent war-torn legacy now fading fast. "If we talk about numbers of visits and overnight…

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Police search for polite robber

Jul 26th, 2011

Police in Zagreb are trying to track down a polite robber who is suspected of having held up some twenty betting shops across the Croatian capital. According to police, the unconventional thief invariably minds his ps and qs whilst carrying out…

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Pope visits Croatian flock

Jun 20th, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI spent two days in Croatia this June, where he was met by delighted crowds in the predominantly Catholic country. The pontiff championed the country's prospective membership of the European Union, and spoke in praise of…

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Croatia's EU membership comes at a price

May 25th, 2011

Top-ranking Brussels bods are finalising conditions for Croatia joining the EU. If all goes smoothly, Croatia will become a member on 1 July 2013. By so doing, the Balkan country would become the 28th state to become a part of the community, and…

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Sachertorte full of surprises

Apr 24th, 2011

Given that Zagreb was once a part of the Habsburg Empire, a consignment of exquisitely baked sachertorte might not raise any eyebrows in the Croatian capital. Indeed, cake-lovers across Europe and beyond take delight in savouring the fabled…

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Crown jewels a winner for Croatian seamstress

Mar 28th, 2011

A Croatian seamstress is struggling to keep up with the demand having resurrected a once common regional winter accessory - the willy warmer. Such has been the success of the trade for Radmila Kus, that she has even been invited to speak in the…

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Croatian minister invites royal honeymooners

Mar 26th, 2011

Croatia's Minister of Tourism has issued an invitation to Britain's soon to be wed prince to come to the island of Rab for his honeymoon. The move follows an article in Britain's Daily Mail speculating that the royal couple might choose the…

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Easyjet launches new link from London to Zagreb

Feb 23rd, 2011

Low cost airliner Easyjet has launched a new service linking London with the Croatian capital. The service, between London Stansted and Zagreb Airport, began on February 11. It complements the existing connection between Zagreb and London…

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Croatian lover holds key to lost Welles masterpiece

Jan 27th, 2011

He's widely cited as the greatest cinematic genius of all time. But as with so many towering talents, Orson Welles' career finished in a series of might-have-beens,with endless struggles with studios. However, this month, tantalising news broke…

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Newspaper Bans Bad News (For A Day)

Dec 29th, 2010

Croatias leading daily, 24 Sata, rounded off 2010 with a decidedly unorthodox, yet upbeat approach to reporting. For one day, the paper banned all negative stories, publishing only pieces with an optimistic air. The move was designed to act as a…

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Zagreb To Get Hotel For Brainboxes

Nov 22nd, 2010

In spite of all the endless talk of dumbing down in today's culture, it seems that Croatia is bucking the trend by launching what's been described as Europe's very first "brain resort." According to The Croatian Times, Zagreb is set to host this…

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Museum of Broken Relationships Returns to Zagreb

Oct 17th, 2010

A curious travelling exhibition that garnered tremendous international success has returned home and is now laying down roots in the Croatian capital. Originally conceived by two artists, Olinka Vistina and Drazen Grubisic, after their…

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Zagreb to Host Eurocon Sci-Fi Fest

Sep 15th, 2010

By popular vote, the Croatian capital will host the 2012 edition of Eurocon, Europe's leading science fiction convention. Eurocon began in Trieste, back in 1972, and guests of honour have included such luminaries as Anne McCaffrey, Andrzej…

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Bee hive relocates to Zagreb centre

Jun 16th, 2010

In the last month thousands of bees have swarmed through the city centre of Zagreb. One swarm was thought to have had approximately 25,000 bees in it. Beekeepers were summoned, and concluded that the small creatures, which worldwide have recently…

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Shoes that didn't fit

Apr 22nd, 2010

An exhibition that critically deals with the Eastern Europe's communist past opened its doors at Zagreb's Museum of Modern Art. "A Pair of Left Shoes Reality Check in Eastern Europe", as it is called, encompasses a collection of different works…

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When Garlic Ain't so Good for You

Jan 16th, 2010

Now I know most doctors will tell you that eating garlic is good for you but one 70 year-old Croat who was having a spell in hospital this week may beg to differ. The garlicky loving geriatric was happily munching away on his favourite snack…

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Zagreb Film Seduces the Judges

Aug 3rd, 2009

Hats off to the chief bods at Zagreb's Tourist Board after their short promotional city video "Zagreb - In the Heart of Europe" scooped third prize at the travel industry's show ITB Berlin. It had some tough competition as this year 94 films fought…

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First Flights between Madrid and Croatia

Jul 11th, 2009

Now you can enjoy a typical Croatian lunch of sarma(stuffed cabbage) and tuck into an authentic Spanish paella for supper, after Iberian Airlines launched its first direct flights between Madrid and Zagreb. The maiden flight connecting the two…

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Sicko Cop Shares Murder Snaps

Jun 13th, 2009

A Zagreb policeman has been booted out of the city's force after getting snap happy at gruesome murder scenes relating to crimes he was tasked to investigate. The cop took shots and videos of victims and then posted them up onto social networking…

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On the Run MP is Nabbed

May 29th, 2009

A Croatian far-right MP, who was found guilty this month in Zagreb of war crimes committed during the civil war nearly two decades ago, has been arrested in Bosnia after fleeing the country.Branimir Glavas was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by a…

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R&B Diva In Zagreb

Apr 23rd, 2009

If you`re at a loss and have no ideas for the 25 of May, here`s a thought! Why don`t you go and listen to one of the best r&b singers in the entire world? Macy Gray has just announced Zagreb to be the last minute destination for her European tour.

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Extra! Extra! Cheap Flats On Sale!

Mar 23rd, 2009

The Association of Croatian Public Service Unions, which ownes the "Matica stanogradnja" construction company announced they are going to build 800 cheap flats by the 2011. After buying over 25.000 square meters of land in Zagreb, which cost the…

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Let ZagrebDox Begin!

Feb 18th, 2009

ZagrebDox is an annual documentary film festival, during which both Croatian and international movies are being screened at several Zagreb cinemas. The festival will last for 6 days, starting on 23rd February. Additionally to many film showings…

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The Reopening Of A Gambling Den

Nov 27th, 2008

Croatian artists, Colonia and Kemal Monteno, performed during the reopening-gala at the Zagreb Casino, situated in the Branimir Centre shopping mall. The casino, owned by an Austrian firm Wettpunkt, was originally established four years ago. Its…

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New World Record set in Zagreb

Sep 2nd, 2008

Last week, residents of Zagreb attempted to set a new record for the number of simultaneous games of Monopoly. The landmark event was organized by Turbo Limac in Zagreb, a shop for children. In Zagreb itself there were 80 participants with 120…

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Sunday Shopping Banned

Jul 21st, 2008

If you're planning on visiting Zagreb for a major shopping spree, you may be interested to know that starting January 1 2009, most shops throughout Croatia will be closed on Sundays. The government of the 90% Roman Catholic country has said the…

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Zagreb Heats Up

Jul 2nd, 2008

Those of you in Zagreb at the moment will most likely have noticed the soaring temperatures that have been plaguing the western Balkans since the end of June. Daily temperatures are reaching the heights of 40+ degrees Celsius, prompting some to…

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Bush Will Visit Zagreb

Mar 4th, 2008

The President of the United States of America, George Bush, is due to pay a visit to the Croatian capital following the 20th NATO summit to be held this April in Bucharest. It is expected that Croatia will be invited to join NATO (the North…

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Bevy of Bombs Beneath Zagreb

Jan 23rd, 2008

Wow, this just keeps getting better... If you remember (and for many still-homeless residents, it's difficult to forget), last September a residential street, and then factory, collapsed in downtown Zagreb during construction of the Penkala…

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Man Returns Library Book 40 Years Overdue

Dec 16th, 2007

Okay Zagreb. Time to come clean with the City Library. It's safe to settle up; just follow this man's lead: After the Zagreb City Library graciously announced an amnesty on overdue library books this week, one Zagreb citizen had the courage to…

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Croatia Welcomes UN Security Council Membership

Oct 17th, 2007

Congrats, Croatia: You've just moved one step closer toward cozying up with your future cronies - that top-drawer group we call 'The West.' Croatia was awarded a seat in the venerable U.N. Security Council Tuesday as a non-permanent member. The…

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Zagreb Street Collapses!

Sep 26th, 2007

It was another day in Zagreb: old women hanging the laundry to dry, children kicking cans, dogs urinating on the sidewalk...when all of a sudden - whoopsey daisy! - a street collapsed. Kupska street, a residential street in downtown Zagreb…

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8 Year Game of Hide-And-Seek Over

Aug 29th, 2007

An eight-year-old missing persons case came to a close this past Wednesday when Ivan Bosanac, of Zagreb, Croatia, was finally located. The elderly Croatian man was 81 when reported missing by his nephew in 1999. Having disappeared from his Zagreb…

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Zagreb Pride Amidst Peril

Jul 9th, 2007

Though considered a success by Zagreb's gay community, Saturday's gay pride event in Croatia was marred by violence. About 300 people participated in the rally in Zrinjevac Park, including several members of Parliament and Croatian Interior…

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Tram to Eternity

Jun 4th, 2007

A Croatian man, who boarded a tram in Zagreb Monday night, rode the tram for over six hours before the conductor discovered the man was dead. The 61-year-old man, named Tomislav K., apparently passed away in his sleep shortly after boarding the tram…

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Zagreb Downloadable PDF Guide!

May 30th, 2007

We know what you've been thinking: "Gee willikers! Zagreb Life sure is handy online, but I wish I could take it with me on my trip to Zagreb!" Well sweetheart, now you can. Our new Zagreb Life pdf can be downloaded and printed out with the…

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Glavas to Stand Trial in Zagreb

May 24th, 2007

Croatia's Supreme Court President, Branko Hrvatin, has approved the request of the Chief State Prosecutor, Mladen Bajic, for General Branimir Glavas to stand trial for alleged war crimes in Zagreb and not in Osijek, the town where the crimes took…

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A Brush with Lightning!

Oct 19th, 2006

In a bizarre accident, a woman was struck by lightning, suffering severe burns to her anus. Natasha Timarovic, 27, was cleaning her teeth at her home in the Croatian city of Zadar when the building was struck by lightning. It just so happened…

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Croatian unemployment reaches record low

Aug 9th, 2006

ZAGREB, Croatia Unemployment in Croatia has fallen to its lowest level in a decade, according to statistics released Thursday. Unemployment, which peaked at 23.3 percent in the former Yugoslav republic in 2002, dropped to 16 percent, or some…

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Things you need to know about Croatia Zagreb

Aug 8th, 2006

The Croatian champions stand in Arsenals way as last years finalists try to get back to the Champions League group stages. They will be a formidable challenge to the depleted Gunners, who have to play the first leg before the start of the…

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Zagreb job done for Arsenal

Aug 7th, 2006

Arsenal all but booked their place in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League with a superb 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia on Tuesday night. Two goals from Cesc Fabregas and a Robin van Persie strike were enough to give last season's…

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Wenger reveals Gunners team for Zagreb clash.

Jul 31st, 2006

Arsene Wenger revealed that the starting line up from last nights crushing 8-1 defeat of Schwadorf will be the team to face Dinamo Zagreb in the 3rd round Champions League qualifier next week. A starting eleven of Manuel Almunia, Manu Eboue…

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Arsenal come to Zagreb

Jul 27th, 2006

Arsenal face a tough looking clash in their bid to reach the UEFA Champions League group stages as they are almost certain to face Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb in their third qualifying round game, while Liverpool and Hearts will be pleased with…

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Dinamo Zagreb cruise in CL qualifying

Jul 24th, 2006

PANEVEZYS, Jul 25 (SW) - Dinamo Zagreb made their mark on Champions League qualifying in a big way on Tuesday with a 4-1 win away to Lithuanian champions Ekranas in the second qualifying round. The Croatian champions, who recently signed former…

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Prso calls it quits

Jul 23rd, 2006

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) - Croatia striker Dado Prso has retired from international soccer. "I've decided - it's over," Prso said from Glasgow, Scotland. "I'm 32, my knee is in bad shape, and the end of my soccer career is near." Prso, who first…

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Croatia call time on Kranjcar

Jul 13th, 2006

Croatia's Football Association have sacked head coach Zlatko Kranjcar after a disappointing World Cup. The 19-man executive board voted unanimously on Friday morning to dismiss the coach, and are believed to have already drawn up a list of…

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World Bank giving Croatia thumbs up

Jul 10th, 2006

ZAGREB, July 11 (Hina) - Croatia has achieved significant progress in integrating into the world trade system and if it continues with reforms, it may be a good example to other states in Southeast Europe, according to a World Bank study. Croatia…

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Cvitanovic back at Dinamo Zagreb

Jun 15th, 2006

After Davor Vugrinec who enhanced the Modri offensive line last week, Dinamo Zagreb officials have brought Mario Cvitanovic with a task to boost up the defensive line. The 31-year-old who started his professional career at Dinamo has already been…

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Zagreb celebrates 200 years of Jewish life

Jun 12th, 2006

ZAGREB (EJP) --- Indian-born American conductor Zubin Mehta joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for a concert on Wednesday celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Jewish community of Zagreb. The concert was also seen as one of the first…

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Winners announced at Zagreb Film Festival

Jan 1st, 1970

A terrifying portrait of evil has won the top award at the 9th Zagreb Film Festival. Michael, which is the debut film of Austrian director Markus Schleinzer, won over the jury at the annual Zagreb event. We struggled to find a winner in…

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