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Celebrating #Croatia Statehood Day, May 30th

Once a part of the six republics that formed Yugoslavia, Croatia constituted its first multi-party parliament on May 30, 1990, and celebrated independence a year later in 1991.

This important day is now celebrated by Croatians as their Statehood Day or Dan Državnosti.

Fran Dutkovic, Permit Coordinator KTL spoke about how he would usually celebrate the day with a nice lunch or dinner with his family, and that their tradition revolves around festive meals.

Mihael Juren, Project Coordinator KTL is planning to spend his Statehood Day by doing a family walk, hike or barbeque by the sea.

Juren also shared that Croatians love having “a beautiful day out in a public park with family since days are longer and warmer” where they celebrate with barbecue or Roštilj.

We asked Mihael about the three things most people don’t know about Croatia:

In Croatia, “We rely on tourism and the whole economic system is dependent on it. In saying that, I’ve heard a lot of people say they can’t find us [Croatia] on the map!”

Coffee is the second thing Croatians are known for. “If you go to a nearby cafe you will definitely find people drinking coffee even on a workday. Unlike in Austria and Germany, during the working week streets are empty.”

Last but certainly not least is the Croatian people are “very friendly and love hanging out. That’s most probably one of the reasons why cafe bars are full even on workdays!”

Happy Statehood Day to all Croatians celebrating!

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