This could be in a strange but true section, or even in a pub quiz. Even though the German Mark (DM) has not been in circulation since 1 January 2002, it is still accepted as payment for misdemeanour fines in the Republic of Croatia.
Yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, a currency that has been out of circulation for almost 20 two decades can still be used to pay fines in Croatia. Or at least it could be. Due to the introduction of the euro, the Ministry of the Interior has planned to change almost 30 regulations for next year, and one of them is the law on misdemeanour fines.
"Amendments to these laws will mean converting from German marks to kuna will no longer be used, and when the entire package enters into force, regarding of Croatia's expected entry into the EU monetary mechanism, all penalties will be set in euros," said the Minister of the Interior Davor Božinović.
Croatia’s path, however popular or unpopular it my be, to adopt the Euro as the official currency will at the very least change this out-of-date law.