Tuesday, 25 June 2019
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.

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Every third respondent would like to work after retiring, either full or part time while about 40% would work only if they would not have enough finances to survive and 15% would not work in any circumstances in their senior years, shows the results of a survey conducted by the MojPosao job search web site on a sample of 2,800 respondents, reports HINA. 

One-third of the surveyed people want to work after retiring and low income is not the only motive for that, the survey showed and indicated that people with a higher education were more apt to continue working in their senior years, MojPosao reported.

The survey indicated that 35% of the respondents were open to the possibility of working, with 9% stating they would continue working full-time and 26% said they would like to work part-time.

Of those respondents willing to continue working, 40% had higher education qualifications, 30% had secondary school qualifications and 35% had elementary school qualifications. The survey also showed that people with higher incomes were more prone to work after retiring.

Older respondents were more likely to accept working after retiring and as many as 53% who were older than 46 would work after retiring, while 36% of those aged between 36 and 45 would as would 32% of those aged between 26 and 35.

Almost 70% would continue doing their 'old' job while one-third would do something else and women were more apt for a change than men.


With an official reception, the Croatian Parliament will mark the Day of the Croatian Parliament today, remembering the 30th of May 1990, when the first, democratically elected multilateral parliament was constituted, and almost half a century of socialist rule in Croatia was completed.

On this day, distinguished guests from political, social, cultural, religious life will be remembered by the President of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandroković.

Throughout the centuries, the parliament has had an important historical role, and after the constitution of the multilateral parliament, as the highest legislative and representative body, it made key decisions to determine the future of Croatia, including the Constitutional Declaration of Sovereignty and Independence.


An unusual scene on the waterfront in Korcula stopped passers-by yesterday. A whole line up of the best-selling American sport’s car, the Ford Mustang, shined on the Korcula dock front.

Around 30 lovers of this legendary muscle car arrived in Korcula yesterday as part of a rally from Rijeka, through Zadar, Sibenik and Split all the way to Dubrovnik. From one tip of the country to the other, and on the way they stopped off at Korcula.





The first airline of the popular Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair will land at Dubrovnik Airport this Sunday. The arrival of Ryanair will open a new page in the history of Dubrovnik Airport, because this is the first time this company has operated services on a regular line. The flights will operate four times a week between Dubrovnik and Dublin from the 2nd of June to the 25th of October.

Ryanair have announced that the flights to Dubrovnik will be operated by Boeing 737-800 with a maximum capacity of 189 seats for passengers while the flight time will be approximately 3 hours.

As the largest low-cost airline in the world there are high hopes that these new connections will open other such flights to other European destinations in the coming months, and even the possibility of a direct connection throughout the winter.


Not only are real estate prices rising in the Croatian capital but also the cost of renting is spiralling upwards. The average cost of rent is now 14 percent higher than it was just two years ago.

According to information from the property website Crozilla.com the average rent in Zagreb in March was €730 per month, which is 2.5 percent higher than a month earlier.

Larger apartments, ranging from 80 to 100 square meters, were advertised at an average price of around 890 euros. And even though these larger apartments are not in demand as much as smaller ones their rent prices also rose considerably.

And even though the rental prices in the capital are rising the demand is also at an all-time high. The most sought after apartments in Zagreb, those ranging in price around 500 Euros a month, make up only around 10 percent of the advertised properties.


Rain and grey skies have dominated the May weather across Croatia as tourists hid under umbrellas and the beaches lay empty. And now it is official this year’s May is the coldest in the past thirty years, and the third coldest in the last seventy years.

And apart from the chilly weather the rain has also blighted the whole month with only patches of blue skies and sunshine, and as well as being the coldest month on record for thirty years it could also well be the wettest month since May 1954.

May in Croatia has been very sparse on the sunshine front, and it seems another May weather record could be broken as the months with the lowest amount of sunshine hours. According to meteorologists May this year has seen only 60 percent of the normal amount of sunshine for May.

And the forecast for the rest of this week certainly isn’t promising with more grey skies and rain predicted at least until Friday.


The iconic Dubrovnik cable car will remain closed until the 30th of June. The owners of the cable car, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, Excelsa Real Estate have notified all travel agencies via post that the cable car will be closed up and including the 30th of June. They state in the letter that the cable car is closed due to “force majeure.” However, the reality is that the cable car was forced to close on the 25th of April after the Customs Administration closed the cable car for non-payment of concession fees.

The City of Dubrovnik and Exselsa Real Estate have been locked in a legal battle ever since the cable car was closed down, with both sides seemingly determined not to back down. “Without a concession the cable car is closed and there is simply no denial and disrespect for clearly defined decisions. I hope that Excelsa Real Estate will pay their debts from the past and after that a concession will be signed which is mutually satisfactory for both sides,” commented the Mayor of Dubrovnik when the cable car was forced to close.

In this latest news from Excelsa Real Estate they express that negotiations to resolve the current situation are ongoing travel agents and partners will be informed when the situation changes.


Even though the turnout for the European elections were the highest across the continent in decades Croatians showed that they still uninterested in their European future. When it came to turning up at the European polling stations on Sunday only 29.9 percent of Croatians actually voted. This meant that out of the 28 EU member states Croatians were the fourth least interested in voting. The smallest turnout was seen in Slovakia, with a mere 22.7 percent, followed by Slovenia with 28.3 percent and the Czech Republic with 28.7 percent.

Across the whole of the European Union the average number of voters who circled their candidates on Sunday was 51 percent, which is the highest turnout for years.

A massive 88.5 percent of Belgium voters turned out, and 84 percent of citizens in Luxembourg, and even the bigger nations saw considerable numbers at the voting booths, with Germany at 61 percent turnout and France with just over 50 percent. Even voters in the UK, who will only see their MEPs sit for a limited amount of time in the European Parliament, had a 37 percent turnout rate. Denmark hit a turnout record at 63 percent.

The number of voters who went to the polls in Sunday's European election was rather low across Croatia but better than five years ago, according to the State Election Commission (DIP).


The Voice of Dubrovnik


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