Tuesday, 23 October 2018
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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it expects Croatia's GDP to grow by 2.8 percent in 2018, and to decelerate to 2.6 percent in 2019, according to the latest issue of the IMF's World Economic Outlook released this week.

This means that the projected economic growth for Croatia in 2018 and 2019 remained unchanged from the previous Outlook issued in April.

Croatia's unemployment rate is projected to drop from 12.4 percent in 2017 to 12.0 percent in 2018, and further down to 11.2 percent in 2019.

The report also noted that Croatia's current account balance surplus could slide from 3.9 percent of GDP in 2017 to 2.7 percent of GDP in 2018, and to 2.3 percent of GDP in 2019.

The IMF's forecasts for Croatia's economy are mainly in accordance with the projections of other analysts.

This cunning camper has found a sunny spot in Dubrovnik and he doesn’t look like leaving anytime soon.

A reader of The Dubrovnik Times sent us this photo of the foreign camper and commented that he had been in same position for the past twenty days.

Of course he isn’t paying for his “free” pitch and in fact is breaking the law as it is illegal to camp “wild” in Croatia. At least it seems like he is enjoying his stay in Croatia.

The summer of 2018 may be in the past but the sunsets over Dubrovnik are just as glorious as ever.

These stunning photos were sent to us by a reader of The Dubrovnik Times and really highlight the beauty of the ancient Old City as the sun slowly sets.

And with the weather forecasters predicting a mini Indian Summer for at least the next ten days we can expect some more beautiful sunsets.

Keep your photos and news coming.



If you have already packed the swimwear and sun cream, it might be time to dig them out again. Summer is returning to Dubrovnik. Sunshine and blue skies are forecast for the whole of this week with temperatures to soar to the mid-twenties for most of the week. Dubrovnik can expect a mini Indian Summer for at least the next ten days.

After the incredibly wet and stormy start to October which on the 2nd of October saw Dubrovnik as the wettest city on the planet the sun is coming back to the region.

Today will see blue skies with temperatures reaching highs of around 24 degrees, and the weather will improve from Tuesday.

According to the Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service from Tuesday to Sunday the Dubrovnik region will see calm and settled weather with lows of 15 degrees through the night and highs of 24 throughout the day.

The current sea temperature in the Dubrovnik region is 21.5 degrees.

Tomorrow, Tuesday October 9, an exhibition by Vatroslav Kuliš entitled “The Dionysian Realm” opens in the museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik at 7.00 pm.

This new exhibition will contain around 65 works of art from the past 40 years and is curated by the renowned British art critic Edward Lucie-Smith. The exhibition will remain open until the 4th of November 2018.

Edward Lucie-Smith has published over 60 art books, of which a selection has been translated into Croatian, and he will host a lecture on the opening night.

For the 48th month in a row Croatian retail sales increased on a year-on-year basis. In August retail sales increased by a healthy 3.1 percent compared to the same month from last year. The State Statistics bureau released data on the retail sales in the country and it shows that the driving force for the retail sales increase was the new car market where sales grew by an impressive 31.5 percent.

Over the first eight months of this year, retail sales increased by 3.5 percent in real terms compared with the same period last year. The increase was buoyed by positive indicators from the labour market and tourism, the continued growth of nominal and real wages, as well as a modest recovery of loan activity.

Even the most popular search engine in the world is celebrating Croatian Independence Day today.

On the homepage of the search engine is a specially designed graphic with a link to the Croatian Independence Day articles on Google.

This isn’t the first time that Croatia has featured on the homepage of Google. During this year’s World Cup in Russia Croatia was highlighted regularly on the search engine.

google croatia independence day

On this day, 27 years ago, the 8th of October 1991 the Croatian parliament decided to end all state relations with the former state, Yugoslavia and declared that Croatia was an independent and sovereign country.

The government session on that date was not held in the parliament buildings but in the basement of the INA oil company in Zagreb for fear of a bombings from the Yugoslav National army.

Independence Day was implemented as a state holiday by Ivica Račan's government in 2001 and was celebrated for the first time in 2008.

Croatian independence was internationally recognized in January 1992, when both the European Economic Community and the United Nations granted Croatia diplomatic recognition, and the country was accepted into the United Nations shortly thereafter.




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