A rather unusual winter guest landed in Dubrovnik yesterday, and it wasn’t through Dubrovnik Airport. A egret (a stork like bird) was spotted in the suburb of Lapad and immediately found its photo on Facebook.
The snow-white coloured bird is not a stranger to northern and eastern Croatia but seeing one in the far south is relatively rare. Maybe the strong northerly winds that have been buffeting the region blew this bird of course, we wish it well for the rest of the its journey.
Direct flights from Dubrovnik to the picturesque capital of Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, will be open up an interesting new excursion destination for tourists and locals in the city. The Slovenian national air carrier Adria Airways will operate regular flights from Slovenia to Croatia in its summer schedule – from Ljubljana to Brac and Dubrovnik – writes Avioradar.
The new line Ljubljana-Brac will fly twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays from April 28th to the 27th of October. The second line, Ljubljana to Dubrovnik, will operate twice a week too, on Wednesdays and Fridays, from April 27th to October 26th next year.
The last Adria line that flew from Ljubljana to Brac was back in the 1990's. And when it comes to Dubrovnik, Adria will make a return after 14 years! The last time the regular line existed was back in 2004.
Croatia’s entry into the European Union as a full member in 2013 has certainly brought with it summits and valleys. Without a doubt one of the most concerning factors has been the exodus of Croatian workers abroad. It is estimated that over the past few years over 200,000 people have left Croatia. And the most qualified professionals in the country are the most sought after by head-hunters from the EU.
Around 1,300 Croatian doctors have all the documentation they require to work in another EU country and until now 520 doctors have actually left. The most attractive destinations for Croatian doctors are Ireland, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Around 200 Croatian doctors are currently working in the UK. Exact figures show that there are 99 specialists, 8 GP’s, 75 without specialist experience and 7 with completed specialist experience.
However, after the Brexit referendum Great Britain is slowly becoming a much less attractive destination for foreign doctors. According to information from the British Medical Association half of the foreign doctors currently working in the UK are thinking of leaving after Brexit comes into force. One of the main reasons for leaving is the fear that salaries will fall as the pound drops in value to the Euro.
Dr. Ante Marušić spent three years working in Chester before returning to Zagreb to continue his career this year. “After the European referendum it seems to me that foreign workers are more nervous about their status in the future,” commented to the Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List. Adding that the reason he left the UK was not connected to Brexit but that after three years he had gained enough experience.
The number of Croatian doctors in the UK is relatively small when compared to other countries. Latest data shows that there are 261,820 doctors in the UK of which 177,376 are British. Of this foreign contingent only 23,000 are from European Union countries, with the most from Poland (2,226), Hungary (1,525) and the Czech Republic (1,335). The fear of Brexit and its consequences has left Croatian doctors looking to Ireland and Sweden as possible destinations.
Over the past ten years in Croatia the number of public libraries has risen whilst the number of books actually lent in the country has fallen.
Reading seems to be going out of fashion in Croatia, in 2007 there were 1.396,148 people registered as members of libraries, whilst in 2016 this number had fallen to 1.309,484. But by far the most alarming information from the Croatian Statistical Centre is the number of books actually borrowed. In 2007 an impressive 20.2 million books were lent out by Croatian public libraries.
However, in 2016 this number had almost halved to 11.4 million. Are all Croatians reading on electronic devices such as Kindles? And even thought the number of lent books halved the number of public libraries increased, from 1,685 in 2007 to 1,768 in 2016.
The latest spectacular video about Earth changes released by the world’s largest space agency NASA features a scientist from Rijeka, Croatia.
The video about changes of Earth’s surface over the past twenty years is the most viewed recent video of the American space agency. In the last week since its release, it went viral and attracted more than 1,5 million views all over the globe.
Apart from the fascinating satellite images that present retractions and thrive of the green patches on Earth that give an impression that our planet is breathing, the main star of the video is the Croatian scientist Ivona Cetinić.
The NASA’s time-lapse video presents the results of complex optical satellite measurements through seasons and years and enables us to see what is going on with flora on the land and in the oceans. This is where the Croatian scientist Ivona Cetinić stepped in and appeared in the role of a narrator as one of the most important oceanographers at NASA now. Cetinić is specialized for optical measurements of phytoplankton biology.
The video has attracted great attention from the world’s largest media, thus, last week Cetinić appeared in a long CNN report in which she explained to the American public this fascinating ‘’terrestrial’’ part of a NASA’s research.
This is not the first time that NASA introduced Cetinić to the media, which is not surprising given the fact that currently she is the head of one of the largest oceanographic projects of NASA and one of the leading scientists at the Ocean Ecology Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
The Puerto Rican musician Luis Fonsi, best known for his megahit ''Despacito'' was supposed to hold a concert in Zagreb on the 26th of November. However, due to alleged technical problems, the concert was cancelled.
Even though the concert did not take place, Fonsi came to Zagreb and had great fun. He did not miss the opportunity to go sightseeing the Upper town in the Croatian capital and enjoy local gastronomic specialties.
According to rumours, ticket sales for the concert were low so the whole event had to be cancelled. Even though "Despacito" is the Number One most viewed video on YouTube with over 3,6 billion views since the 4th of September 2017, it seems that Fonsi do not have a large audience in Croatia.
However, only three days after cancelling the Zagreb concert, Fonsi performed in Belgrade and thrilled the Serbian audience with his performance.
The fourth Dubrovnik Winter Festival is just around the corner – it will be opened on Saturday, December 2nd and its highlights were presented today at a press conference.
The Stradun is going to be the most beautiful stage in the world once again this year. The novelty is that even shop windows on the main street will be decorated, so it should shine even brighter.
The lighting of the first Advent candle in front of the Cathedral at 7:30 pm on Saturday will mark the start of this year’s festival. The night will continue in front of Saint Blaise Church – holiday lights will be turned on and Gibonni, a famous Croatian pop singer, will have a concert. This is just the first of many concerts that will be held during the festival.
WHAT'S NEW THIS YEAR
There are more novelties – a big Christmas concert will be held at Valamar Lacroma by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and their guests just few days before Christmas – December 22nd.
The famous teddy bear decoration will get some special company – a sister. You will be able to visit them all in the teddy bear park, located at park Pile, where some interesting programmes will be held – heaven for children, for sure! There is also a teddy bear mascot, that could be seen on the press conference today. Everybody wanted to take a photo with it!
A festive programme will be held on Brsalje and Gundulic Square, the bay of Lapad and Mokosica, and it will be accompanied by a rich cultural programme.
For all the information make sure that you download the new Dubrovnik Winter Festival app! There you can also enrich your photos with special filters and the best ones will be shared on the official social media pages.
It's important to know that all the buses will be free after 5pm during the festival. There will also be a special line ''XMAS BUS'', that will connect all the locations of the festival. For the youngest there is an ''XMAS TRAIN'' that will go through the Bay of Lapad – from the ice skating rink to the fun fair.
THE DUBROVNIK WINTER FESTIVAL TO BE THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, is especially proud at the programme of Dubrovnik Winter Festival.
- The one in Zagreb is far more bigger, but we think that with our content and quality, we have no competition in Croatia – said Frankovic and emphasized that all the parts of the city are included in this year's festival and that 450 thousand Kuna was spent on decorations.
This New Year's Eve is expected to be the best one yet with regional superstar Dino Merlin. The Mayor said that bookings are already higher because everybody want to welcome 2018 in Dubrovnik.
When it comes to TV stations and their revenue in Croatia, last year proved a relatively successful one.
Currently there are 47 TV stations operating in the country. In 2016, they achieved revenue of almost 2.2 billion Kunas which was a significant increase in comparison to previous years.
According to data, the pure profit was around 56 million Kunas, however, there were times when some of the TV stations went in the red.
Among all TV stations in Croatia, the largest are the national TV station Croatian Radio and Television (HRT), Nova TV and RTL. The national TV station HRT earns the most and employs 2,800 people. By revenue and by the number of employees, HRT is followed by Nova TV, which employs 330 people, and RTL with 240 employees.
The privatization of the last state hotel companies in Croatia - Dubrovnik's Hotel Maestral, Hotel Makarska and Crikvenica Adriatic, is expected to raise minimum of 458 million Kuna. There has been an unprecedented interest in the first round of the public tender with more than 40 letters of interest just for Hotel Maestral. 68.94 percent of the shares in Hotel Maestral are up for grabs and investors have shown great interest for these five hotels on the coastline in Lapad.
The nominal value of these shares in Hotel Maestral is 71.1 million Kuna, HRK 200 per share, and will they be offered for 114.27 million Kuna, or 321.42 Kuna per share. After thew first stage of the public tender, in which 40 investors showed an interest, the parties now have 30 days to submit a bid for Hotel Maestral. After many previous attempts to sell the last state owned hotel company in Dubrovnik it would seem at this early stage that this attempt will be more successful.
The fourth Dubrovnik Winter Festival begins on the 2nd of December and the city is slowly getting in the festive spirit. Today the Christmas houses arrived on the Stradun and were constructed. In total there will be eight houses on the Stradun plus more on the Pile and Gundulic square in the Old City.
From the 2nd of December until the 6th of January locals and guests will be able to taste some traditional festive treats in Dubrovnik.
The program and opening of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival begins with the lighting of the Advent Candle at 9.00 o’clock in the heart of the city.