Thursday, 22 February 2024
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

Compared to the average monthly salary for November of last year at the national level in Croatia, which amounted to 1,208 euros, the average net salary paid in Zagreb for that month was higher by 179 euros, reports HINA.

The average monthly net salary per employee in legal entities in the City of Zagreb for November 2023 was 1,387 euros, which is a nominal increase of 3.4 percent compared to October and an increase of 13.8 percent compared to November 2022, according to data from the City Office for Economy, Environmental Sustainability, and Strategic Planning.

Compared to the average monthly salary for November of last year at the national level in Croatia, which amounted to 1,208 euros, the average net salary paid in Zagreb for that month was higher by 179 euros.

DiscoverCars.com has conducted internal research to compare the cost of renting a car in the summer and winter months. They worked out the average cost to rent a car in different countries using their records of rentals from over 180 countries over the past year.

When choosing where to go on their holidays, the costs involved will often influence travelers’ choices of destinations, whether that’s the price of their flight, their hotel stay or tickets to see local attractions. One factor that can have a significant effect on the cost of your holiday is the season in which you choose to travel - this can impact everything from flights to car rental on arrival.

The average cost to rent a car in summer is €43,47 per day, compared to €28,94 in winter - a difference of one-third, at 33.4%.

DiscoverCars.com looked at their data regarding the average cost to rent a car in the months December, January and February compared to the months June, July and August. The prices in some of the most popular destinations were revealed to be as much as three-quarters cheaper in the winter months.

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In many cases, the price difference is staggering. The Balearic Islands, Crete and Sicily are all three quarters cheaper in winter. However, even locations with a much smaller seasonal price difference demonstrate that holidaymakers can save on their car rental costs by traveling in winter.

Cheapest places (winter months)

Sardinia - €7,14

Balearic Islands - €8,48

Crete - €9,06

Sicily - €10,03

Montenegro - €10,17

The lowest average price of all to rent a car in the winter is a very affordable €7,14, on the Italian island of Sardinia. This beautiful island is home to picturesque villages and winding mountain roads for a scenic drive. Astonishingly, there are two other destinations where you can rent a car at a cost of less than €10 per day - the Balearic Islands of Spain, at €8,48, and the Greek island of Crete, at only €9,06.

 

The Montenegrian coastal city of Budva will be connected with Dubrovnik by sea this summer as a ferry line will be established between the two cities, managed by the Croatian company "Kompas," reports the website vijesti.me.

The Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs of Montenegro clarified that this is a commercial route initiated by the Croatian company, so the state will not be able to influence the ticket price on this route. This new ferry line will operate during the summer season.

From the Montenegrin Ministry, they said that the plan of the company "Kompas" is for the line to be seasonal and active from May to October.

 

The Croatian national football team will play in Group 1 of League A in the fourth edition of the UEFA Nations League alongside Portugal, Poland, and Scotland.

That was the draw of the prestigious European national team competition, held in Paris, where the Croatian Football Federation was represented by President Marijan Kustić, Executive Director Tomislav Svetina and Croatian national team coach Zlatko Dalić.

And coach Dalić commented “We are facing the Nations League again, and our previous final is now behind us, with a new test ahead. I don't think the group is bad. We got an extremely strong Portugal. It's our second time in the Nations League, but it will be a very good competition for us," he said in his first reaction after the draw.

Du Motion announces a new edition of the Runway Run race, which will take place on March 8th in collaboration with Dubrovnik Airport. The Runway Run starts at 5:30 pm and is a run, as the name suggests, along the runway of the Dubrovnik Airport.

"This is truly a special race, the only one of its kind in Croatia. The location poses organizational challenges, but we uphold the high standards we have set for all our races, and runners recognize that. That's why we are returning for the fifth consecutive year and enjoying running at Dubrovnik Airport at dusk," said Du Motion director Alen Bošković.

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Photo - Du Motion

The race is 5 kilometres long, making it ideal for both beginners and experienced runners eager for something new. Up to 200 participants can register via the official Du Motion website, provided they are at least 16 years old. The entrance for the Dubrovnik Runway Run is 20 euro and you can sign up on this link.

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Due to the specific nature of the run the number of participants is limited to 200 runners. After the race, a party will be organized at the restaurant on the 3rd floor of Terminal B at Dubrovnik Airport from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. And don’t forget to bring some ID with you as the run takes place in an area of special security.

 

Eurostat's latest data reveals Croatia's minimum gross salary for 2024 at 840 euros, placing the country midway on the Eurostat scale. Despite this, when factoring in purchasing power parity, Croatia's standing sees a marginal improvement.

According to Eurostat's rankings, Croatia secures the 15th spot among 27 European nations in terms of minimum wage, reports Forbes Croatia

Luxembourg leads the first group with the highest minimum gross salaries, exceeding 1500 euros, with the minimum wage set at 2571 euros. This is followed by Ireland (2146 euros), the Netherlands (2070 euros), Germany (2054 euros), Belgium (1994 euros), and France (1767 euros).

The second group, comprising nations with minimum gross salaries between 1000 and 1500 euros, features only Spain (1323 euros) and Slovenia (1254 euros).

In the third category, where minimum gross salaries are less than 1000 euros, Cyprus leads with an exact figure of 1000 euros, trailed by Poland (977 euros), Portugal (956 euros), Malta (925 euros), Lithuania (924 euros), and Greece (910 euros). Croatia follows in this group, setting its minimum gross salary for 2024 at 840 euros. However, net earnings range between 614 and 640 euros in Croatia, contingent upon allowances.

Behind Croatia, Estonia's minimum wage stands at 820 euros, followed by the Czech Republic (764 euros), Slovakia (750 euros), Latvia (700 euros), Hungary (696 euros), Romania (663 euros), and Bulgaria, where the minimum wage is 477 euros. Additionally, the list includes candidates and potential candidates for EU membership, with Turkey leading (613 euros), followed by Serbia (543 euros), Montenegro (532 euros), Albania (385 euros), and North Macedonia (360 euros).

 

Duran Duran, British rock music icons, are returning to Croatia for their premiere performance at the Pula Arena on Tuesday, July 30.

One of the greatest pop bands of all time, they time their comeback seven years after a sold-out concert at the Šalata Stadium in Zagreb.

The new performance in Croatia is scheduled at perhaps the most beautiful concert venue this part of Europe has.

The two-thousand-year-old amphitheatre in Pula will be the perfect stage where Duran Duran will remind us of their timeless collection of hits and an opportunity to hear their new album, Danse Macabre.

 

Spanish low-cost airline Vueling has announced that it will not resume its flights to Zagreb this summer, marking the end of its twelve-year service to the Croatian capital. Despite maintaining seasonal flights since 2012, including during the Covid-impacted years of 2020 and 2021, the airline has decided to discontinue its operations on this route. Last summer, Vueling operated two weekly flights between Zagreb and its hub in Barcelona, a reduction from the three weekly flights offered in 2022. Throughout its twelve-year tenure, the carrier primarily operated two weekly flights. Although ticket sales for the route were suspended some time ago, the airline had previously expressed interest in potentially returning to Zagreb, reports EX-YU Aviation.

However, Zagreb will continue to maintain its link with Barcelona through Croatia Airlines, the national carrier of Croatia. Croatia Airlines will resume seasonal flights between the two cities on April 2, initially operating twice per week and increasing to three weekly flights from May onwards. This maintains the same frequency as last year. Additionally, Ryanair will introduce three weekly flights between Zagreb and Girona, a city located approximately 100 kilometres north of Barcelona Airport, starting April 1.

While Vueling will discontinue its service to Zagreb, the airline will continue to operate flights to Croatia with services to Dubrovnik and Split. From both Barcelona and Rome Fiumicino, Vueling will operate flights to these two Croatian coastal cities, offering a total of 33 weekly flights to the country during the peak of the 2024 summer season. The airline will operate eight weekly flights from Barcelona to Dubrovnik and daily flights to Split. Additionally, there will be a daily service between Rome and Dubrovnik, and eleven weekly flights to Split, representing an increase from last summer's six weekly flights and daily service respectively. However, Vueling will not restore its seasonal service between Paris Orly and Split, which operated twice per week last summer and was launched in 2022.

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