In Croatia they speak Croatian (Hrvatski). Altought learning this language can be a long and uneasy process, knowing the basics should help in having a social life in Croatia. There are four national standards and four dialects often erroneously termed “Serbo-Croatian” by the British, although some native speakers prefer the term as “Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serbian”, which encompasses the national standards. The alphabet is Latin.
While English is widely spoken in the coastal resorts, that may not be the case inland. German and Italian are also commonly spoken, along the coastal areas. You will need some basic Croatian – and your efforts will be appreciated. (Thank you – Havla; Please – Molim; Good Morning – Dobro Jutro)
Social Life in Croatia
Social life in Croatia is rather rich and versatile which often comes as a surprise to foreigners. Croats love to socialize and entertain. They are known for being hospitable and friendly.(more…)
Moving to the country you might want to know that you are entitled to receive your UK pension even while abroad. You’ll also do well to gain some basic knowledge about health care in Croatia. Luckily, that’s what this article is for.
UK Pensions in Croatia
You will need to check the Pension Service in the UK for up to date information on how you can claim your state pension. You need to inform the IPC (International Pension Centre) to prevent problems with your pension payments. (Phone 0191 218 7777)
Croatia has double taxation agreements with the UK so you will not (more…)
The bus service is one of the many alternatives to driving in Croatia. It’s relatively inexpensive, however, as there are often different bus companies on the same route, note that prices can vary, and you usually have to pay extra for luggage placed under the bus. If you plan a return, you may find it best to buy a single ticket so that you are not obliged to use the same company and their schedule for the return. For longer journeys book ahead to ensure you get a seat, and it is worth taking ear plugs, to avoid the music. There are trams in Zagreb, but you will find that many of the medieval cities are closed to traffic.
Ferries can be a lot more comfortable than buses and operate along the coastal area. You can visit the islands of Hvar, Korčula and Mljet. (more…)
Settling in Dubrovnik, Zagreb or any other Croatian city is much less troublesome since the country’s admission to European Union. However, considering that – short of tourism trade – jobs are paying much less than in Britain, cost of living in Croatia in general and prices of properties in particular can be surprisingly high.
Buying a house in Croatia
Buying a home in Croatia is difficult. There are many restrictions on foreign ownership.
Note: during the recent war one third of the population fled – so there is a significant chance that the “owner” may not in fact, be the owner. (more…)
Important! After relocating to Croatia from the UK register with the local police within 48 hours for your arrival. If you fail to do so you may be fined. You need to carry your passport with you all the time – it is the only officially recognized form of identification. Make sure you have a good photocopy and keep it safe. If your stay in less than 6 months, you can enter and leave Croatia up to 90 days of that time but you must inform the police each time you do so. If you are staying longer than 90 days you must apply for temporary residence. You would be wise to check with the Croatian embassy well before you leave as to the documents you need as each case is considered separately. You may find more information on the following web sites: (more…)
Are Human Beings the only intelligent species to enjoy the beauty of the Croatian coast?
28 perfectly round shapes have been located beneath the waves off the Croatian coast. The circles are the wrong size for underwater fishing explosions, and refuted by scientists searching for oil. Each circle is 50m diameter and 300m apart. No explanation has as yet been found for them – except the possibility of flying saucers deep beneath the seas. (more…)