Monday, 22 January 2018
The Dubrovnik Times

The Dubrovnik Times


The Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is currently visiting Turkey.

The main reason of Grabar-Kitarovic’s one-day working visit to this country is her meeting with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

As stated by the Presidential Office, main topics of talks between the two presidents will be the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Southeastern Europe as well as relations between the European Union and Turkey but also the role of Ankara in controlling the refugee crisis.

The most interesting topic for Croatia is surely the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croats living in that country require the change of the electoral law and equality before the upcoming elections in October 2018.

During the meeting in Ankara, Grabar-Kitarovic and Erdogan will discuss the possible trilateral meeting of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey, which would take place within the first three months this year.

The Turkish President Erdogan paid a visit to Croatia less than two years ago.



The talented young dancer from Rijeka - Maja Keres continues to make foreign successes. Maja is one of the few Croatians who had a chance to collaborate with the world's biggest stars, including Fergie, Justin Bieber and Rob Thomas. Her latest success is dancing in the newest video of Justin Timberlake – Filthy.

-I can’t put in words how happy and thankful I am to have gotten a chance to work on this music video by my favorite artist in the whole world – Justin Timberlake! Everybody who knows me know what and how much this means to me – Maja wrote on her official Instagram profile and said thanks to all those that helped to turn her dreams into reality. She also added that this is an unique opportunity to check out her behind with her permission.

Maja also shared some 'behind the scenes' photos.
-Beyond honored to work with all of the people pictured, but also a huge thank you to everybody behind the scenes for treating us like queens!!- it's written in the caption. It's clear to see that Maja is more than overwhelmed with her experience.

And she sure has the right to! 'Filthy' collected over 14 million views in just four days. You can see Maja dance in the video below.

Mate Rimac, the founder and the CEO of Rimac Automobili is to complete a new car with the help of the Croatian super computer Bura.

As one of the leading players in the world of high-performance electric cars, Rimac signed an agreement with the University of Rijeka at the beginning of December 2017 on using the super computer called Bura whose performances are necessary in finishing the development of the latest electric super car.

After presenting the improved version of Concept One electric car last year, the second Rimac's car Concept Two, as one of the largest global hits, will be presented at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show in March this year.

The Concept Two electric car will have 1384 HP with a top speed of around 400 km/h. Despite all these fascinating features and the price of soaring 10 million Kunas, it is expected to be sold in ten times more copies that the actual Concept One.

As daring as it sounds, such sales growth is surely not unexpected considering the fact that ten copies of Concept One have been sold so far. The production volume of Concept Two will be twenty copies a year.



Did UFOs pay a visit to the Croatian capital Zagreb the other day? It remains to be seen. Or not?

A few days ago, a reporter from a local TV station in Zagreb wanted to capture a beautiful sunset over the Croatian capital and was more than surprised when she examined her photo.

As soon as the reporter enlarged the photo to get a better frame, she noticed an unusual lighting formation among the clouds.

Posting the photo on her Facebook profile, she started an avalanche of comments with some claiming that the strange formation was birds, combat aircraft from Slovenia or drones, whilst some claimed that UFOs paid a visit to Croatia.

What actually flew over Zagreb, no one knows for sure, but as the popular line at the end of the title sequence in the TV show ‘’The X-Files’’ reads, ‘’The Truth is Out There’’.



In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were five traffic accidents, of which there were four with injured persons in which one person was seriously injured and five drivers with light injuries while one traffic accident had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 398 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 187 measures taken due to speeding, 17 measures due to improper stop and parking, 43 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 10 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 48 due to improper overtaking.





Airline carrier SAS Scandinavian Airlines, member of the global airline association Star Alliance, will have a significant boost when it comes to flights to Croatia in its summer schedule – Avioradar reports. SAS flies from several destinations in Scandinavia to Dubrovnik, Pula and Split.

For Dubrovnik, SAS will have 15 flights per week - every day (7 times per week) from Copenhagen and five times per week from Oslo and Stockholm. Compared to last year, when it comes to Copenhagen, this means one flight per week more, in the case of Oslo two flights more and in the case of the Stockholm one flight per week less. However, beyond the heart of the season, from March 29th from Dubrovnik to Stockholm there will be three flights per week or one more compared to the last year. Copenhagen and Oslo lines for Dubrovnik will only be in traffic during the heart of the season from June 23rd to mid-August .

For Pula, 21 flights per week are planned during the heart of the season. For the first time, Pula will be linked to Copenhagen every day, or one week per week more than last year. The Pula - Gothenburg line, which last year
had only 2 flights per week, will have twice the number of flights every week – 4. Pula - Oslo line had 2 flights per week last year and will have additional 3 flights this year, but the route from Pula to Stockholm, which had 5 flights per week, will have 2 flights per week less. All of these lines for Pula will operate from June 22nd to mid-August 2018.

Most SAS operations in Croatia have already a long-term connection with Split, and for this year an incredible number of 80 flights per week have been announced on regular lines during the heart of the season. Even 20 flights per week, or every day 3 times a day except Saturday (2x daily) Split – Copenhagen line will operate. This means 4 flights a week more than last year. The same number of flights will be on the line Split – Oslo, which is also 4 years a week more than last year. Four flights from Oslo to Split will operate on Friday. And line Split - Stockholm will have 4 flights a week more than last year, for the total 20 flights a week. Split-Gothenburg line will get 3 new flights a week so there will be 10 flights per week on that route.

The Split - Copenhagen line will start two weeks earlier than last year, from March 24th with one flight per week every Saturday and from May 24th, outside the main season, there will be 3 flights a week on this route. The Stockholm-Split line begins with out-of-season operations from April 28th, with 2 flights per week. The lines from Split to Gothenburg and Oslo will start flying from mid-May with one flight per week every Saturday. The other mentioned lines will operate only in the heart of the season from the second half of June to the middle of August 2018.



Even though Croatia has around 86 percent of citizens who declare themselves as Catholics, only just around half of the couples decide to get married in church.

When it comes to regions, people from Lika and Slavonija are more willing to ''seal the deal'' in church and that option is not so attractive to those from Istria and Primorje – reports Vecernji list.

The number of marriages made official in the church in recent years has gone downhill and, as never before, came closer to civil marriages. In the first nine months of 2017, 8.439 religious (52.6%) and 7.606 (47.4%) civil marriages were made, according to the Ministry of Administration.

Just for comparison - in 2009, the number of religious marriages was 63.5 percent, while civil was only 36.5 percent.



One of the world’s largest manufacturers of telecommunication equipment has installed a Croatian smart bench in Hungary.

The Finnish company Nokia recently installed the Croatian product - a smart bench Steora, in front of its central office in the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

One of the leading European manufacturers of innovative solutions for ‘’smart cities’’ headed by a young innovator and an ‘’IT genius’’ Ivan Mrvos from Solin near Split and his team are responsible for designing the Steora smart bench. Their main goal is to raise human awareness about renewable energy and environmental protection.

steora smart bench croatia 2018

The Steora smart bench is a green invention ideal for cities, parks, airports, marinas, business and shopping centres. It includes batteries, which are powered by solar panels; they provide internet access and the possibility to charge mobile phones and laptops by USB charger. Steora also gathers data about air quality, humidity, city noise, displays advertising, and provides light at night.

So far, more than 450 smart benches have been installed in 23 world countries such as Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United States, Qatar, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia as well as in Hong Kong and in front of the European Parliament building in Strasbourg.






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