Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day and some of the locals and visitors might actually feel unlucky to be in Dubrovnik tomorrow, since it’s expected to be quite crowded.

On the cruise ship arrivals schedule this Friday, accidentally the 13th, is marked with red colour, which means that over 7500 passengers are expected.  Five cruise ships are arriving. Four of them (Mein Schiff 2, Costa Luminosa, Aurora, Msc Poesia) will arrive before 8:30 am and only Berlin is arriving in the afternoon or more precisely, at 6 pm.

First cruise ship will leave at 1 pm, so the morning is supposed to be quite hectic. You can expect traffic jams and big crowds in the Old City.

However, it’s good to know that this is the last red cruiser day this year. So stay patient and enjoy your stay as much as you can.

An exhibition entitled “Blue Coloured Blue” opens tonight in Dubrovnik. The exhibition, organized by the Dubrovnik Association of Fine arts, opens at 7.00 pm tonight in the atrium of the Sponza Palace in the heart of the Old City.

As in previous years the association will present the Dubrovnik public with a thematic exhibition and this year the choice is works that are related to the colour blue.

The exhibition will remain open until the 31st of October. 

Croatia is a country of opposites. It is a well known fact that it is a wonderful country rich in nature, culture, history and tradition, however, according to Eurostat, its citizens are the most uncultured nation in the European Union with very bad oral hygiene.

Some studies show that on the average Croats brush their teeth every five days and that they replace their tooth brushes once a year. Furthermore, devastating data also show that on the average 12-year olds in Croatia have four decayed teeth. All and all, in terms of oral hygiene, Croatia hit the European bottom, again.

The latest data from Eurostat provide some interesting findings. To the question ‘’How many of your natural teeth do you have?’’, only a minority of Europeans (41%) stated that they still have all their natural teeth. A third of respondents still have 20 or more natural teeth, but not all. On the other hand, 13 percent of respondents declared that they have only nine natural teeth at the most, or even none.

The respondents stating that they still have all their natural teeth live mainly in the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Denmark and Finland, as well as in Ireland, Cyprus, Malta and Greece. On the other hand, only 19-29 percent of inhabitants of eastern EU countries of Hungary, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia and Latvia said that they have all their natural teeth. When it comes to Croatia, only 26 percent of its citizens declared to have all their natural teeth.

Furthermore, Eurostat’s survey question ‘’When did you last visit a dentist about your teeth, dentures or gums?’’ also provided some interesting results. Respondents who visited a dentist during the past twelve months were inhabitants from northern EU countries such as the Netherlands (83%), Denmark (78%), Germany and Luxembourg (77%), followed by Slovakia (73%) and Sweden (71%). It is important to note that in some of these countries it is compulsory for inhabitants to visit the dentist once a year or even every six months in order to continue to benefit from medical insurance cover for their teeth.

On the other hand, inhabitants of several countries in the eastern part of the EU are the least likely to have visited the dentist during the past year such as Romania (34%), Hungary (35%), Latvia (41%), Poland (44%), Estonia and Bulgaria (45%), Lithuania (46%) and Greece (49%). This time Croatia scored better than all those countries with 50 percent of people who visited the dentist in the past year.

Ana Rucner, the famous Croatian cellist, always does her best to promote her country. Her latest video presents Gospic, with the motto ‘’Full of Energy’’ and is the newest video of the Gospic Tourist Board.

The video was filmed on many attractive locations, such as the Nature Park Velebit, the Memorial center Nikola Tesla and many others. It is focused on amazing, breathtaking nature. Along with the beautiful landscapes of Gospic and its surroundings, Velebit takes a very important place in the video, because part of it was also filmed at Visocica, at 1,619 metres above sea level.

The video was created by Boris Seper from Film 54 Croatia and it has already received many compliments. Well deserved, we say -  but take a look and judge it for yourself.

Eurowings has introduced a novel way of making a new flight schedule for 2018 - you vote we fly.

The German airline, a low cost subsidiary of Lufthansa, let its potential clients decide on new flight routes they would include in the new summer schedule by choosing among ten travel destinations in Europe and voting for their favourite.

‘’We are letting you decide on our next flight route. Take part in the vote and choose your favourite travel destination,” Eurowings said in their “You vote. We fly.” campaign, adding that the most-voted travel destination will be part of Eurowings 2018 summer schedule.

The ten European destinations were presented in the videos, one video for each destination. Croatia was also included in this prestigious group with the island of Brac.

The voting was closed on the 10th of October 2017 and here are the results:

Trapani (Italy) – 31,6%

Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – 31,2%

Shannon (Ireland) – 9,6%

Castellon (Spain) – 8,1%

Belfast (Ireland) – 5,4%

Bergen (Norway) – 3,8%

Brac (Croatia) – 3,4%

Biarritz (France) – 2,6%

Podgorica (Montenegro) – 2,3%

Trieste (Italy) – 2%

After years long successful business cooperation in the printing and office business segment, the Croatian company Tehnicar copyservis ltd from Zagreb has become a general representative and distributer of Canon Europa N.V. – Canon Medical Systems for Croatia.

Apart from well known Canon camera/video camera and MF office solutions, Canon Europa N.V., Medical Systems Division is the top manufacturer of medical devices and equipment in radiology, ophthalmology and diagnostics.

By offering the most technologically advanced high-class medicinal devices through the Tehničar company, Canon will offer new solutions with high diagnostic precision and reliability to the Croatian health care system such as thin universal panels of high technology, resolution and speed of radiographic images with the most advanced Canon software (Canon Flat Panel Detector-FPD).

After successful taking over Toshiba Medical Systems at the global level, under the name Canon Medical Systems, the company will become the world's fourth largest manufacturer of medicinal equipment from the 4th of January 2018.

One of the most lovable English actresses, Lily James, is making a great promotion for Croatia. She is part of the ‘’Mamma mia: Here we go again’’ crew and is currently enjoying her time on the island of Vis – and is making sure that everybody knows that!


She has posted numerous photos on her official Instagram account that is followed by almost 800 thousand people from all over the world. It’s clear to see that she fell in love with this Croatian island and her followers are falling in love too.

Lily is especially famous because of her role of Lady Rose Aldridge in Downtown Abbey. She is accompanied by her, also famous, boyfriend Matt Smith, who has acted in ‘Dr. Who’ series.


The famous couple are being followed by the British media, who are constantly reporting about their time on the island of Vis. That is a great promotion for Croatia in general, and especially for the island.


Lily is not the only celebrity on the island – in the last couple of weeks Vis is full of them: Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfriend, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Andy Garcia and many others.


According to the latest Water Statistics from Eurostat, Croatia has recorded the highest freshwater resources in the European Union with 27,330 m³ per inhabitant.

Croatia is followed by Finland and Sweden with 20,000 m³, whilst the six most populous EU member countries (France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Italy and Poland), as well as Denmark, Luxembourg, Romania, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Malta recorded relatively low levels – below 3,000 m³ per inhabitant.

Even though Croatia is ‘’lying’’ on the water due to its abundant freshwater resources which are 16 times larger than it is considered as the minimum necessary for normal living, Croats spend a small amount of water, around 45 m³ per inhabitant in the household sector a year. On the other hand, in the country with far less freshwater resources, Cypriots spend around twice as much as Croats. On the average Croatian households spend as much as households in Germany, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Great Britain – moderately.

Regardless of the fact that Croatia is rich in freshwater, it is still much more expensive in comparison to other EU countries. For example, a household in Zagreb pays 15 Kunas per 1 m³ without additional fixed fees, whilst a household in Sweden, which is less rich in freshwater, but with a better living standard, pays 9,5 Kunas per 1 m³. Germany and the Netherlands with far less freshwater resources than Croatia pay around 14 Kunas per 1 m³, whilst Hungary with three times less water resources than Croatia pays around 5 Kunas.

On the other hand, Finland has the highest monthly water bills that amount from a minimum 19 Kunas to even 120 Kunas per 1 m³, depending on the part of the country. However, it is important to note than the average salary in Finland is almost 3,000 Euros a month in comparison to the average monthly salary of around 800 Euros in Croatia.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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