Croatian healthcare ranks 30th in the world, according to a new survey carried out by the specialised publication The Lancet.
In the 195 countries involved in the survey Croatia finished in a respectable 30th position. The Lancet looked at several factors to produce their “Healthcare Access and Quality Index.” The highest grade was 100 and the lowest 0, and Croatia had a score of 87.
The best healthcare in the world, according to the survey, is in Iceland, which scored 97 points, followed by Norway, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
In fact, Croatia was only one place below the USA, and at the bottom of the list were Somalia and South Africa with only 19 points on the index. As far as Croatia’s neighbours are concerned Slovenia was ranked in 21st spot, Montenegro in 42nd, Serbia in 50th and Bosnia and Herzegovina in 62nd place.
Yes, the tourist season has started and yes it is hard to find a spare hotel room in the city, but this is taking things a little too far.
We are pretty sure that this “accommodation” isn’t listed on booking.com or has a review on TripAdvisor but at least it’s cheap. This “happy camper” was spotted today sleeping on his rucksack near a busy supermarket in Dubrovnik.
He was quite clearly pretty exhausted as the concrete shelve couldn’t have been too comfortable.
A new index created by Australian travel company Intrepid has revealed the countries suffering from the most "overtourism", along with the nations with "undertourism" – Traveller reports.
According to them, the index compares total visitor arrivals in 2016 to the permanent population to create a "tourism density index".
This is especially interesting to us, since Croatia is the country with the most tourists per head of population, according to Intrepid's index.
-Croatia saw 57,587,000 tourists in 2016 and with their meagre population of 4,170,600, that measures 1380.78 per cent of the country's population – nearly 14 tourists to every local – Traveller writes.
They also touched the problem of tourism boom that has been causing damage in the some of the most popular tourism destinations, such as European hotspots such as Venice and Barcelona.
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These are the TOP 10 COUNTRIES FOR OVERTOURISM:
Croatia (57,587,000 tourists to 4,170,600 locals - 1380.78%)
Iceland (1,891,000 tourists to 334,250 locals - 565.74%)
Hungary (52,890,000 tourists to 9,817,960 locals - 538.71%)
Denmark (28,692,000 tourists to 5,731,120 locals - 500.64%)
France (202,930,000 tourists to 66,896,110 locals 303.35%)
Czech Republic (30,915,000 tourists to 10,561,630 locals - 292.71%)
Singapore (16,404,000 tourists to 5,607,280 locals - 292.55%)
Cyprus (3,286,000 tourists to 1,170,130 locals - 280.82%)
Greece (28,071,000 tourists to 10,746,740 locals - 261.20%)
Spain (115,561,000 people to 46,443,960 locals - 248.82%)
The English Chamber Choir, The Maidstone Singers, will perform two concerts in Dubrovnik, the first tonight in the Rector’s Palace. The concerts, which have been organised with the Council of Culture and Science of the Dubrovnik Diocese, are inspired by Shakespeare and Christian texts.
Tonight at 9pm in the Rector’s Palace the first concert entitled "Inspired by Shakespeare - Scriptural Texts" will see The Maidstone Singers perform works written by many composers including Purcell and Bernstein. And then on Sunday at 8pm in the Dubrovnik Catherdral the second concert, entitled "Exsultate jubilate - the inscriptions of Christian texts", will see works by Elgar, Bruckner and Duruflé, amongst many others.
The Maidstone Singers were founded Jeffrey Vaughan Martin in 1998 and today feature 23 great singers with an established repertoire of more than 200 works. The works range from the 16th century to the present and include modern arrangements of popular music and folk songs.
Although headquartered in Maidstone (Kent, England), the choir has performed throughout the United Kingdom, including performances at Brandenburg Concerts in London. Tours are an important part of the activity during which the choir represents Maidstone across Europe. Under the direction of their conductor, Kathryn Ridgeway, The Maidstone Singers continue the journey that began with Jeffrey Martin, which involves accepting new music challenges and collaborating with partners both in England and abroad.
Ana Konjuh, successful tennis player from Dubrovnik, will be back on court after five months, at the second Grand Slam tournament of the season – Roland Garros. Her first opponent is Carla Suarez Navarro and it seems that the match might me on Sunday, May 27th.
This is the first time Ana will play after an arm surgery in March this year. That was her third operation during her tennis career. She had her first back in 2014 and second in September last year. After it, she didn't play for four months, came back on court in Brisbane at New Year's Eve, had a great start, but started feeling pain again. That's why she had to ''press pause'' on her career again and put her health first.
-We are starting over now. This is one of my comebacks in a row, hopefully last one of this kind – Ana said for Dubrovacki vjesnik.
Ana Konjuh is 20 years old but already has some great tennis achievements behind her. Hopefully, she'll be back on track – Dubrovnik cheers for her.
Brazilicans – that's a name of interesting Instagram profile showing a life of one nomad family. Mum Rapha, dad Aaron and little Orion are traveling around the world together and share their journey on their website! They recently visited Dubrovnik and we just had to meet them. Here’s their story.
Can you introduce yourselves to our readers?
My name is Rapha Luz, I'm 24 years old and from Brazil. I'm a stay-at-home mom, Travel Blogger and Licenced Massage Therapist. My husband's name is Aaron Anderson, he is 33 years old, from the United States of America and he is a Remote Digital Marketer. We have a lovely boy, his name is Orion, he is 3 years old, born in Brazil, happy and energetic little soul who loves dinosaurs, airplanes and ice cream.
We are world travelers, have been Digital Nomads for 4 years, basically since we met. About 2 years ago we left my country Brazil, where we were living that time, to start a new adventure around the world. We came to Europe and have been living in a different country every month for these past 2 years. It has been a wonderful experience. We've learned so much about new cultures, history, different people, beautiful places and good food.
When and why did you decide to become a nomad family?
Our nomadic lifestyle started with my husband, he is very motivated by freedom of time and location. His goal for years was to be capable of working remotely, that way he would be able to decide when and where to work. He learned digital marketing and was able to start working online from anywhere before we met. We met on Facebook back in October of 2013 in the USA, while I was doing an exchange program in New York.
Living in different states and having a long distance relationship, made us travel a lot to see each other, so we would always combine a weekend trip to different places when we wanted to meet up. That made us realize how much we loved to travel together and that we wanted travel to be a very active part of our life. We got married in August of 2014, less than a year after we met, and that's when we started our nomadic life.
We had all the freedom in this world, which can be challeging sometimes, especially right after getting married. We then decided to moved to Brazil, my home country, and spent about a year and a half there, living in different states. Our baby was born a little before our first year of marriage and had his first year of his life in Brazil.
We love our nomadic lifestyle, it's very fun to move to a new country and make great memories together as a family. It's not always easy or plesant but it definitely helps us to grow and make fun memories.
What are the challenges of traveling with a baby?
To be honest, we have raised our boy to be a traveler, to adapt to our lifestyle, so he is very easy to please. He sleeps anywhere, eats anything, talks to anyone, plays with whatever is given to him and never gets sick. He is completely fine being in a bus ride for 3 to 4 hours, airplane ride for 6-10 hours; he is a baby traveler :) Of course he has his moments, like all kids do, but because he has learned to be easily adaptible to new situations – it makes our life as nomads much easier. If it wasn't for all of that, I'm sure we would have a much harder time.
But the main things we struggle with currently is not having friends that he can play with, and not being able to go out on dates alone or do any kind of adventure sport like kayaking or things that are difficult to do with a 2 year old with you.
How many countries have you visited so far?
We have been to over 30 countries, and 20 of these countries we actually spent at least one month visiting there. We have visited for at least a month the countries of Turkey, Morroco, Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Croatia, Montenegro and more!
How does your little boy like travel? What are the benefits for him?
He is still too young to verbaly complain about it but I think Orion seems to really enjoy it. He loves being on the airplane, trains and road trips by car. He loves to see the new home every month, he likes to get to know new parks and playgrounds in different areas and he enjoys watching cartoons in different languages.
I see my boy growing up as a very social person - he is surely different than any other kid we see around in public places. He goes and talks to anyone, tries to make new friends and approaches people without being shy or embarrassed.
He is not affraid of things or people, which I think is the best thing we are teaching him, to be social, to develop his ''people skills''. As I mentioned before, traveling with him since he was born has made him a very easy going child, he is easy to please and not very picky, also because we are minimalists that makes him a minimalist too, he doesn't feel the need to have tons of toys, he seems to be happy with just a few.
What is your impression of Dubrovnik?
We absolutelly love Dubrovnik, it's one of the most beautiful and photogenic cities we have ever visited. It has so much to offer in terms of the beatiful water and beaches, the history, the small streets and endless stairs, etc. We loved it because it's very beautiful from afar being a walled city, but then it has has so much to explore and experience in the old town as well. It was a little challenging to walk around the old town with a stroller, but there are so many cute little streets and areas that we have yet to explore.
Is Dubrovnik child-friendly? What are the best things to do with a child in our city?
Sure! Well, to start, there are plenty of beaches around the city that can keep kids busy all day long. Also, in the old town, since there is so much activity, we found a lot for our boy to do. Just walking around the city streets, letting him chase birds, watch people, check out the boats, try and catch fish, etc. Like any city, kids don't need a lot to keep themselves entertained.
What is your favourite part of Dubrovnik?
Dubrovnik has many wonderful aspects, but what really sets it apart is how unique it is as a walled city. We loved walking on the wall as we didn't really know that Europe had something similar to the Wall of China to experience!
How do you like Croatia in general?
Our favorite thing about Croatia is all of the natural beauty. There are some amazing national parks, with beautiful water, waterfalls, landscape, and just amazing scenery. While on the bus from Split to Dubrovnik, we were completely taken aback by just how amazingly beautiful that drive is. There are so many beautiful beaches and towns to explore.
What will be your next destination?
We are currently in Tivat, Montenegro, and we'll soon be headed to Skopje, Macedonia. After that, we'll spend a few days in Berlin, Germany before flying off to Singapore and spending the next few months or years in Asia!
Are you planning to stop traveling or you don't have that in mind yet?
We don't really have a long-term plan for whether we'll stop traveling or whether this lifestyle we currently live will become sustainable. We think we'll keep traveling like this for another year or two and then try to establish ourselves somewhere and use that as a home base from which to travel. However, since we typically don't plan our lives more than a few weeks in advance, we'll have to just wait and see how things go!
A busy junction in Split was even more hectic this week as the traffic lights stopped working due to a power cut.
This junction is chaotic even when the traffic lights are working, but what happens when they stop working, absolute chaos.
Check out this video from Prometne zgode i nezgode
Dubrovnik will have a new air connection this winter. The Spanish national carrier, Iberia, has announced that for the first time in their company’s history they will connect Madrid and Dubrovnik throughout the winter period.
According to an announcement from Iberia the flights will be operated twice a week from the Spanish capital, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and not only will they fly to Dubrovnik but also to Zagreb. The flights to the Croatian capital will also be twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and all of the flights will use the Airbus A319 aircraft. The winter schedule of Iberia runs from the 28th of October to the 30th of March.
Dubrovnik has become extremely popular with Spanish tourist over the past few years and these new flights will only help to boost the annual figure. Apart from Madrid flights to Brussels will also be introduced this winter, although the carrier is not yet known. There will also be flights to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines.
The fans of good rock’n’roll and motorcycles will gather next weekend at Camp Solitudo when the Libertas Riders Club Moto Club organizes, with the support of Valamar Riviera, the fourth edition of the Dubrovnik Bikers Weekend.
The program of the moto meeting will begin on Friday, June 1st, when the Porporela Sexy Show Band, Banditen Strasse and Natriks will entertain everybody from 5 pm. On Saturday, bands Art and Atomsko skloniste will be in charge and will start playing from 7 pm.
On the second day of the meeting, bikers will ride from camp Solitudo, over Brgat, all to the Imperial fortress on Srd. In case of nice weather, a panoramic boat ride will be organized for them.
Tickets for this two-day event with a humanitarian cause are 60 kuna and can be purchased from tomorrow at the reception of the Solitudo Camp during working hours from 7 am to 10 pm. For bikers, entry and camping during the weekend will not be charged.
The European Union has given Croatia four tough choices to get its economic situation in order. The European Commission released on Wednesday four recommendations which they stated should be carried out over the next 18 months. Last year the EU basically gave Croatia the same four proposals and yet Croatia has yet to introduce them all fully.
Firstly, the stated that property tax should be introduced, based on property values. This was planned by the Croatian government last year but after stiff opposition was put on hold. Secondly the EU recommended that early retirement should be discouraged and that the government should push to raise the statutory retirement age.
Then the third point is in regard to public administration. The salaries of public services and administration should be regulated and a reduction in the number of public bodies throughout the country.
And lastly the European Commission stated that Croatia should improve corporate governance in the state-owned enterprise sector and speed up the divestment rate of state-owned enterprises and inactive state assets. The burden on businesses stemming from regulation costs should be significantly reduced, and the quality and efficiency of the justice system improved, in particular by reducing the duration of civil and commercial cases.