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Croatia Presentation

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Andrew Kunkel

on 17 September 2013

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Republic of Croatia "Republika Hrvatska"
Croatia is known for its Dalmatian and Istrian cuisine, which draw upon culinary influences of Italian and other Mediterranean cuisines
Prominently feature various seafood, cooked vegetables and pasta, as well as condiments such as olive oil and garlic.
The continental cuisine is heavily influenced by Hungarian, Austrian and Turkish culinary styles.
Meats, freshwater fish and vegetable dishes are predominant.
People - "Croatians"
4,480,043 (July 2012 est.)
Croat 89.6%, Serb 4.5%, other 5.9%
Life Expectancy:
75.99 years (82nd in world)
Official Language:
Roman Catholic 87.8%, Orthodox 4.4%, other Christian 0.4%, Muslim 1.3%, other and unspecified 0.9%, none 5.2% (2001 census)
Ivo Josipovic

maximum 2 year term
The Nation
Economy, Education, History, Climate
Communication Styles
Greetings are formal, with firm handshake and eye contact
Business Customs
Meeting schedules are not very rigid in Croatia.
An agenda serves as a set of guidelines rather than a strict list of topics
Colleges and supervisors address each other by Surname
Croatian is the national language of Croatia, and is the 24th language of the European Union

English is commonly used since Croatia is flooded by tourists every summer from all over Europe and America

From 1961 to 1991, the official language was Serbo-Croatian. Even during socialist rule, Croats often referred to their language as Croato-Serbian (instead of Serbo-Croatian) or as Croatian
Independence Day:
October 8th
Celebrates parliament vote to terminate link with Yugoslavia in 1991
Croatia is largely
Roman Catholic
, so traditional Catholic Holidays are widely celebrated
Shrove Tuesday
" (The day preceding Ash Wednesday)
Many towns have
Elderly people are referred to with a formal "you" as a sign of respect
Putting up the thumb, index and middle finger is a sign of used by Serbian Nationalists
Not taken lightly in Croatia.
Croatian Economy
18th most popular tourist destination in the world
Croatians are passionate about soccer, and have a skilled national team.
Basketball and Tennis are also commonly played sports around the country.
want to
attend this
University of Zadar
The traditional clothes are different in every region (Slavonija, Dalmacija, Zagorje, Istra). Clothing styles differ from are different from village to village.
Croatian cultural values generally stem from religious belief
Making personal sacrifices for ones' family is highly regarded
Children are expected to respect elders
Elderly are viewed as a source of knowledge on culture
Good health is valued
Customs and Courtesies

40% of GDP
For the female dress, attire consists of a plain white dress or blouse (košulja) or underskirt (skutići), which is usually the basic form of the costume. Croats have adopted western style dress today.
Surveyed Standard of Living in Croatia
The majority of citizens who reside in Croatia are working class, and the countries standard of living is above average
A History as old as Humanity Itself . . .
King Tomislav

Founder of Croatia: 925 CE
Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion, as it has been for the past thirteen centuries.
Their religious values and beliefs are one of the most important and steadfast aspects of the cultural and national identity of Croatia.
Between 1945 and 1991, religious expression was suppressed due to Communism. However, the Croatian constitution now guarantees religious freedom.
Family Life
When meeting someone for the first time, it's a good idea to maintain a rather formal and reserved demeanor.
Direct eye contact, a firm handshake and a greeting are considered to be polite.
First name usage is generally reserved for family members and close friends.
You'll also see close friends greeting each other by kissing each cheek and embracing.
When introducing guests, start with the older women, working your way to the younger women, then the older men and younger men.
Extended families are common, and relatives tend to remain quite close to one another. A person's family is generally their primary social network. Families tend to live together in extended family units.

Weekends are designated as "family time." For this reason, you will seldom find Croatians dealing with business concerns during their weekend "home time."
Venetian control: 924 -1699
Croatia has a number of national parks with waterfalls, sandy beaches and Mediterranean terrain.
Pop culture resembles American and European culture.
Dating is similar to the United States
Men and women choose who they date
Marriage follows Christian traditions
Majority of Croatians don't marry until 30's
Dating, Courtship, Marriage
Croatian's pride themselves on their hospitality
Food and drink is immediately offered to guests
It is impolite to refuse
Croatia: 924 -1699
The NEW Riviera
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