According to the latest statistics of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA), when it comes to German economy Croatian citizens are probably the most cost-effective foreign workers in this most powerful European country.
Slightly more than 160,000 Croatian citizens are registered with the German Federal Employment Agency (BA). Data shows that over the past four years there was a huge immigrant wave from Croatia to Germany and that around 80,000 Croatian workers were registered in 2014.
The unemployment rate among Croatian nationals in Germany is 5,6 percent, which is at the same level as the German unemployment rate (5,6%), however, much lower in comparison to immigrants from other countries (14%).
Considering the total number of Croatian nationals in Germany, around 59 percent of them are employed in comparison to 61 percent of employed Germans. In this category, Croats are far above the average employment rate of foreign nationals in Germany (41%).
When it comes to the social services provided by the country to which all citizens are entitled to, Croats use them for 5,6 percent, which is less than Germans (6,9%). Only Hungarians use social benefits less than Croatians (4,3%), whilst around 64 percent of refugees use social services provided by the German state.
National park Plitvice is always wonderful but low temperatures have turned it into real winter wonderland. Everybody that got a chance to visit the park during the cold days had to take a photo and publish their memory on social media, so Instagram was full of mesmerizing photos of frozen waterfalls.
This was a perfect opportunity for photographers to take some breathtaking photographs and one of them, Goran Safarek, decided to make a video. Words can’t describe how beautiful it is, so take a look and enjoy it.
The Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board performs at the most important world tourism fair – ITB in Berlin, held from March 7th to 11th.
They are located at the stand of Croatian Tourist Board, which presents its new appearance at this fair. New look of the Croatian stand is easy, open and functional and includes designer furniture of Croatian production.
The last two days of the fair are open to the public, while others are held for the business audience. Approximately 7,500 exhibitors are expected from nearly 200 countries around the world on 160 thousand square feet, and there should be more than 120 thousand business visitors.
ITB Berlin tourist fair is really important when it comes to business meetings and it’s a really great source of information about tourism trends.
A few days ago, the last delivery of the steel gates to save Venice from high waters set off from a Croatian shipyard.
Almost four years ago, in a strong international competition of many shipbuilders and manufacturers of steel structures, the Croatian shipyard Brodosplit was selected to participate in one of the largest construction projects in Italy's history.
The project ''Mose'' (Modulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico) worth more than 7 billion Euros is a project of protecting Venice from flooding. The Italian city usually floods fifty times a year, mostly in autumn and winter months, whilst every fifth year the entire city slightly sinks under the sea surface.
The Italian architectural and construction consortium Venezia Nuova selected the Croatian shipyard for construction of 63 steel gates in order to protect Venice from big problems caused by high tides.
‘’The Mose System – Constructing with nature, saving Venezia’’ project envisaged the gates to be installed at the Lido Tre Porti, Malamocco, Chioggia and Lido San Nicolo inlets situated between the sea and the Venice Lagoon. Thus, the main aim is to close all four canals just before the tide comes from the open sea. The project predicted the installation of 78 gates with a life span of around 100 years.
The steel gates are constructed as special reservoirs filled with air, i.e. water. When filled with water the gates rest at the sea bottom, but when the tide approaches, they are filled with air and lifted towards the sea surface in order to close the entrances to the Venice Lagoon. When the danger passes, the air is pumped out of the gates, which are then filled with water again and placed on the seabed.
Therefore, Brodosplit has delivered 63 gates of dimensions 27-30 x 20 metres, 4-5 metres in height and approx. 300 tonnes in weight. This deal is worth more than 75 million Euros and includes 20,000 tonnes of built-in steel with other corrosion protection, final equipment and transport works.
‘’Brodosplit workers are extremely proud of this project because it is achieved in the strong international competition of many shipbuilders and manufacturers of steel structures. Brodosplit will remain permanently on the list of companies that participated in one of the largest construction projects in history of Italy and contributed to saving Venice from major problems caused by high tides’’, said from Brodosplit.
It might seem like a slightly harsh language, not as melodic as Italian or as soft as English, but it would seem that is also sexy. The website Dating Beyond Borders has produced a rather fun video entitled Sexiest Slavic Language and from the reactions it would appear that Croatian is surprisingly attractive.
The website gathered native speakers from Croatia, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic and Tony from Croatia bowled over the two ladies.
As he spoke Croatian the first lady answered “Wow, my god I’m getting Goosebumps,” and the second was just as impressed reacting with “I love you from the bottom of my heart.”
Check out this fun video
The high south winds that battered Dubrovnik yesterday caused a rather unfortunate accident in the parking of the Dubrovnik General Hospital yesterday.
A huge pine tree crashed down on two parked cars in the hospital grounds and inside one of the vehicles was a female passenger. The Dubrovnik Fire Brigade were called and three emergency vehicles arrived on the scene. The firemen managed to rescue the lady from her car and fortunately she didn’t suffer any injuries.
A German film crew has shocked Dubrovnik by filming half-naked erotic photos in a church in the centre of the historic Old City. According to reports the camera crew entered the open church and used the sacral building without authorisation.
A topless model then sexily posed in the middle of the church with holy monuments as her backdrop. Deutche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin, the German Academy of Film and Television, was recording a student documentary film 'The Color Nude' in the city, and their team included the Dubrovnik photographer Stijepo Brbora.
Photo - Zeljko Tutnjevic
“Shame of all shames. And after this our children will go to this church,” was one just one of the thousands of comments that the erotic photo shoot has attracted. The Bishop of Dubrovnik, Mate Uzinic, has also formally reacted, “I am deeply disappointed with the fact that today the openness of the Dubrovnik churches has been abused to capture inappropriate photographs under the guise of art, we will have to respond to this matter through legal channels.” And he added “Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing.”
As well as the church the crew also used locations in the Old City centre and on the Dubrovnik City Walls.
The Croatian film “The Constitution” will hit cinema screens in the USA this May. The drama, which has won more than 32 international awards, follows the life of a professor in the centre of Zagreb, who by lives a double life, by day he is a respected professor and by night a transvestite.
The US premier of the film was shown in the SVA Theatre in New York and was dedicated to the leading actor, Nebojša Glogovac, who died this year from lung cancer.
The Constitution will start to be shown to a wider American audience at the end of May this year at around thirty cinemas, reports the Croatian Audio-visual Centre.
The film is a story of four people who live in the same apartment building in Zagreb, but are wary of each other because they don't share the same ethnic and religious backgrounds and sexual preferences. Vjeko Kralj (Nebojša Glogovac), a high school professor and a transvestite, is beaten in the street by a group of hooligans. In the hospital, he accidentally meets his neighbour Maja Samardžić (Ksenija Marinković), who works there as a nurse. After Vjeko is released, she continues to look after him and his dying father. She then asks Vjeko to help her husband Ante (Dejan Aćimović), who is a police officer, to pass the Croatian Constitution exam. Problems soon arise because Ante is an ethnic Serb, while Vjeko is an ardent Croatian nationalist. Slowly and painfully, they begin to open and recognize each other as human beings.
From the international premiere of the film in Montreal in 2016, where it won the Grand Prize of the Americas, The Constitution has won 32 international awards.
The president of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović seems to always attract great attention wherever she goes.
Last year Grabar-Kitarović thrilled the Arab world. The media there did not report on her political activities but on her good looks, her photos on Instagram and Twitter. They even made a television broadcast on how the Croatian President painted her apartment in a peach colour. They were impressed and wondered how a president of a state held a paint roller full of paint and painted the walls.
Recently the Croatian President took advantage of the benefits of social networks and posted 229 new photos on her Facebook page. The photo album is titled ‘’Captured moments in the third year of the mandate’’.
It seems that Grabar-Kitarović is particularly fond of some photos she posted such as the one that shows her whispering with the Slovenian President Borut Pahor. She likes that photo so much that she even ‘’liked’’ it herself on her Facebook page.
All and all, the President surely triggered a true avalanche of ‘’likes’’ and comments from the country and abroad, some even calling her ‘’Queen of Balkans’’ and ‘’Fairy of Velebit’’.
Check the photo gallery and comments here
And the top tourist attraction in Croatia is…the Dubrovnik Old City Walls. The website Vouchercloud has collected all of the rankings from TripAdvisor to create a world map of the top tourist attractions.
Using the “Things To Do” section on TripAdvisor the website has made a map of each country’s top attraction, basically a map created by travellers and people who leave reviews on TripAdvisor. By far the most popular tourist attraction in Croatia was the ancient city walls in Dubrovnik which were reviewed by over 18,000 people and rather impressively they received a five star ranking for 76 percent of visitors.
Some familiar names and places appear on the map, the top attraction in the US was Central Park, in Canada Niagara Falls, in Australia Sydney Harbour and in Italy the Colosseum. However, there are a few unusual ones, the top attraction in the UK was the Harry Potter Studio Tour and in Germany the Miniatur Wunderland. See the full map in close up here