Thursday, 20 September 2018
Jelena Darijević

Jelena Darijević

Jelena Darijević – our Croatia specialist and chief translator Jelena is the power behind the scenes of The Dubrovnik Times. Born and bred in Dubrovnik, Jelena has always had a keen interest in all things British, she must be the only local resident to have every edition ever published by Bill Bryson. With a long-term history of translating sorts of publications and books Jelena brings her unique eye for all Croatian news.


One of McDonald's signature products is celebrating its 50th birthday all over the world this year.

The Big Mac is a hamburger sold by the one of the most influential fast food restaurant chains on the planet. It was introduced in the Greater Pittsburgh area in the United States in 1967 and nationwide in 1968.

This year the popular hamburger is celebrating its first 50 years worldwide including Croatia. In McDonald's restaurants across the country, the Big Mac will be served with little bacon to celebrate its birthday together with its customers.

The legendary Big Mac consists of two 45.4 g beef patties, "special sauce" (a variant of Thousand Island dressing), iceberg lettuce, American cheese, pickles, and onions, served in a three-part sesame seed bun.

In addition, in the last quarter of 2017, globally popular McDonald’s earned $5,34 billion, more than analysts expected ($5,26 billion).

The financial director at McDonald’s Kevin Ozan recently announced that the company would invest around $2,4 billion of its capital and open up to 1,000 new restaurants around the world in 2018. This global expansion of the popular fast food chain also includes the opening of three new restaurants in Croatia.

McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in the Croatian capital of Zagreb on the 2nd of February 1996. Over the past 22 years, it has been operating in the country opening restaurants in Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Šibenik, Pula, Sisak, Varaždin, Velika Gorica and Karlovac. In the last business year, the franchise giant came to Slavonski Brod and opened its 29th restaurant in Croatia.

The popular Flos Olei guide has declared the Croatian region of Istria the best extra virgin olive region on the planet for the third year in a row.

The Italian-English world guide for extra virgin olive oils ''Flos Olei 2018'' offers insight into the results of a thorough tasting of large numbers of specimens, presenting olive growing from 51 countries on five continents. This popular "Bible" of extra virgin olive oils included 77 oils from Croatia out of which 75 are from Istria and 2 from Dalmatia.

Therefore, products of Istrian olive growers and olive oil makers have found their place among the 500 best olive oils in the world accounting for 15 percent in the global community of the highest quality extra virgin olive oils.

''For the third year in a row Istria was declared the best olive region in the world taking into account the largest number of included olive growers. We are exceptionally proud of the success of our olive growers who have only confirmed that Istrian olive oils are well known and appreciated at the global level'', commented the Istria County Prefect Valter Flego.

Even though Croatia is a relatively small country with slightly more than 4 million inhabitants, it is a surprising fact that it has 120 super millionaires. Croatia is known as a country of contrasts and diversity, but this is normally regarding culture, geography and even cuisine, but it would also seem that it is a country of financial contrasts.

According to data from the London consulting company Knight Frank for 2017, the number of super millionaires with assets over $30 million increased by 33 percent in Croatia over the past decade.

Interestingly, the figures in Croatia are twice as high as they are in Europe (17%), but considerably less than the world average (42%).

The latest estimate from Knight Frank shows that Croatia has around 120 super millionaires in the ‘’heavyweight’’ category with more than $30 million worth assets, out of which 11 of them has net assets worth more than $100 million.

Croatia also has almost 12,000 millionaires in the ‘’lightweight’’ category, with assets worth more than $1 million.

These data do not refer to the total number of the Croatian super rich only to those who are registered in the country, if the number of Croatian diaspora were added the number would be considerably higher.

Considering the latest figures about the number of births and deaths in Croatia as well as an ever-increasing immigration wave of Croats to other European countries, maybe the country should think about selling Croatian passports to foreigners.

When it comes to other European countries, Malta is the latest EU member country that has offered foreigners the possibility to obtain Maltese citizenship for money, or to be more precise, 650,000 Euros. On the other hand, countries such as Portugal, Spain and Hungary have imposed foreigners a requirement for acquiring real estate or government bonds in their countries in order to obtain their passports. Which opens the question, how much would a Croatian passport cost? 

As far as Croatia is concerned, the current legal solution allows a foreigner to obtain Croatian citizenship based on his/her residence in the country that is longer than eight years, marriage with a Croatian citizen or based on the knowledge of Croatian language. However, a foreigner can apply for and obtain Croatian citizenship even though he/she does not meet these conditions in case the Ministry of the Interior estimates that it is in the interest of the state (as was the case with the world’s chess champion Garry Kasparov and the weightlifter Nikolay Peshalov who represented Croatia at 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games).

The latest data from the Ministry of the Interior shows that over the past four years 175 foreigners acquired Croatian citizenship because it was in the interests of the state.

When it comes to the total number of foreigners who applied for Croatian citizenship in the period from 2013 to 2017, there were 18,772 applications, out of which 14,195 foreigners got a Croatian passport.

Interestingly, the number of foreigners who applied for Croatian citizenship slightly increased when Croatia became an EU member. In the first year of the membership in the European Union, 3,138 foreigners applied for Croatian citizenship. Last year, 4,675 foreigners applied for citizenship.

In numerous attempts to attract foreign investment to Croatia the former Government and the former Prime Minister Zoran Milanović considered the possibility of offering so-called ‘business citizenship’ to foreigners, however, the idea was never realized.

Croatia will soon have the opportunity to hear live one of the most famous voices on the planet. Apple’s Siri or an intelligent personal assistant will attend the Days of Communication Festival in Rovinj this April.

The festival Dani komunikacija (Days of Communication) has for years confirmed its position as an avoidable event that gathers advertisers, agencies, public relations experts, media representatives, students and other professionals from the communication industry. Last year’s edition of the festival broke all the records of attendance and satisfaction of participants.

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The sixth edition of the Festival, which is to be held from the 12th to the 15th of April 2018 in Rovinj, will bring to Croatia world experts who dictate trends and future of the communication industry. Among them are the Global Group Creative Director at Twitter Jayanta Jenkins and Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign Manager Brad Parscale.

However, one of the stars at the festival will surely be Siri, an Apple’s application that works on the principle of artificial intelligence. Siri has made the voice of Susan Bennet mega popular around the planet, but the name of Bennet is not globally known. Nevertheless, her voice or as she says, her alter ego Siri is.

Siri will participate at this year’s Days of Communication in Rovinj, where she is coming with the support of the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ). Bennet will hold the lecture titled ‘’Accidentally Famous’’ where she will talk about how she has become mega popular Siri completely by chance.

Commenting on the upcoming event, the director of the HTZ Kristjan Staničić said, ‘’I am very pleased that we have the opportunity to bring Bennet as a lecturer and the owner of the most famous voice to Croatia. Not only that her lecture will enrich this festival that has proven to effect the way we perceive products and services in all sectors, including tourism, but I'm sure that her stay in Croatia will be a great opportunity for further promotion of our country as an attractive tourist destination’’.

The Subspace hostel in Zagreb, the first hostel of this type opened in the European Union, has been awarded by International Hospitality in the category of Best Hostel in Eastern and Central Europe.

The entrepreneur Hrvoje Krilić wanted to be different from the others thus in December 2016 he opened a futuristic hostel in Tesla Street in Zagreb. For the first time in the European Union guests got the opportunity to sleep in space capsules and experience the feeling of being aboard a spaceship.

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The capacity of the Subspace hostel is 20 single bed capsules, bathroom facilities, a kitchenette, a cafe bar and a terrace at Tesla Street. Each capsule is 2 metres long and 1,2 metres wide and high, it has a ventilation and is equipped with a bed, an android monitor, USB ports and chargers for mobile devices, a safe for money and valuable documents as well as a mirror.

The hostel ceiling and walls are painted with unique drawings that become visible under ultraviolet light and create a special impression of the night sky as if one is really in the space.

Targeted guests are all those who seek privacy, or as the owner said ‘’the Subspace hostel offers privacy of a hotel room at a hostel price’’.

The Sci-Fi films such as Blade Runner, The Fifth Element and Avatar inspired the idea for this unusual project, which was realized within a year and a half. The value of this investment was slightly more than two million Kunas.

The leading German automobile magazine Auto Bild has published the list of the Top 30 most powerful sports cars in the world. And to our pride and joy, the most powerful sports car on the planet is from Croatia.

‘’Concept Two’’ is a new electric car model from the Rimac factory, which was recently presented at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show. ‘’The king among horsepower monsters’’, as Auto Bild described Rimac’s model, left behind many famous rivals such as Bugatti and Ferrari.

The Concept Two electric car with 1914 HP and a top speed of around 412 km/h is the world’s Number One among sports cars. The second place is reserved for Keating TKR from 2010, the third is Koenigsegg Reger from 2015, and the fourth is Bugatti Chiron from 2016, whilst the fifth is 9ff GT9 Vmax from 2012.

The specialized edition of the Financial Times ‘’fDi Magazine’’, which monitors and compares investment movements at the global level, recently listed the Top 10 best regions for attracting foreign investments.

Among 146 locations around the world, the Croatian region of Međimurje found its place on the fDi list ranking as the seventh region with less than 1,5 million inhabitants in the category of the strategy quality for attracting foreign investments.

The Međimurje County Prefect Matija Posavec attended the awarding ceremony and received the Financial Times Award in Cannes in France on the 13th of March 2018.

On this occasion, among other participants at the ceremony, the Prefect met with Vitali Klitschko, the former boxer and current Mayor of Kiev in Ukraine. They discussed cooperation in joining the two regions. Actually, Međimurje has for many years nurtured good business and economic relations with the region of Rivne Oblasti in Ukraine.

‘’Of course, as I was talking to one of the best athletes in history, I took the opportunity to talk about Croatian and Međimurje sports about which Klitschko knows quite a lot. On this occasion, Mayor Klitschko announced a possible visit to our region in order to convince himself firsthand in all the results and benefits that brought this important award to the Međimurje region’’.




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