2019 World Handball Championship: Croatia opens with victory over Iceland

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Croatia opens with a win (Photo: EHF Euro)

MUNICH, 11 January 2019 – Croatia has opened the 2019 IHF World Men’s Handball Championship with a victory over Iceland on Friday.

Lino Červar’s side, who are chasing their first medal at a world championships in six years, have beaten Iceland in a tough match 31-27 in front of a large Croatian contingent in Munich.

Iceland started the match strongly and looked as if they would go into the break in the lead but Croatia would score 5 unanswered goals to lead 16-14 at halftime.

Goals to Luka Cindrić and stand-out player Luka Stepančić, as well as good keeping from Marin Šego, helped Croatia stretch their lead to 4 points early in the second half.

Iceland rallied back strong and went on their own five-goal streak to take the lead 24-22 with 15 minutes remaining.

Croatia got back in front with five minutes remaining thanks to further saves from Šego and goals to Zlatko Horvat and would run away with it in the final few minutes to win the match comfortably in the end.

Former Croatia football coach and Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovač had the honour of presenting the man-of-the-match award to Stepančić.

The 2019 World Handball Championships are being held in Denmark and Germany until 27 January 2019.

Croatia’s remaining group matches:

13 January at 16:30: Croatia – Japan

14 January at 18:00: Croatia – Macedonia

16 January at 18:00: Croatia – Bahrain

17 January at 20:30: Spain – Croatia

Source : Croatia Week

Croatian smart benches placed at one of Greece’s oldest educational institutions

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by croatiaweek


10 January 2019 – Croatian smart bench firm Include has started 2019 like it ended 2018, by placing more of their products around the globe.

The company confirmed on Wednesday that one of Greece’s oldest educational institutions has placed their first smart benches. Hellenic Naval Cadets Academy are the latest to adopt Include’s popular Steora smart benches.

Include says that they have sold 39 benches to their partners in Greece which 28 benches already installed around the country, including at the Hellenic Naval Cadets Academy.
Croatian smart benches at the Hellenic Naval Cadets Academy (Photo: Include)

Founded by young innovator Ivan Mrvoš in Solin near Split on the Croatian coast, Include has quickly become one of Europe’s leading producers of smart street furniture with over 855 smart benches now in 250 cities on 5 continents.

Include are also involved in many major ‘Smart City’ projects and late last year launched a brand new product – Monna cycling point – which is a solar-powered point with multiple functionalities – bike racks and electrical sockets for charging electric bicycles, bike repairing tools, wireless charging pad and charging ports for wired phones, night illumination and data collection.

Monna cycling point (Photo: Include)

More details about the company and products can be found on their website here.


Source : Croatia Week

Croatia Airlines breaks all-time passenger record

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ZAGREB, 9 January 2019 – Croatia Airlines has broken its all-time passenger record.

In 2018, Croatia Airlines transported 2.17 million passengers, the most it ever has done in a single year since the company began commercial flights back in 1992, the airline announced today.

1.64 million passengers were recorded on international flights with 526,578 passengers on the airlines domestic flights in 2018. The 2.17 million passengers was 2% more than in 2017.

The airline set another record in 2018 when in May it transported 214,000 passengers, the most ever in May in the company’s history.

Reaching the 2 million mark (Photo: Croatia Airlines)

In 2018, the company reached the milestone of transporting 2 million passengers 16 days earlier than 2017.

Last year the airline launched new services to Dublin and Mostar as well as Dubrovnik – Munich and Split – Copenhagen flights.

Source : croatiaweek.com

Advent in Zagreb officially opens as first candle lit

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Advent in Zagreb opened on Saturday (Photo credit: Marija Gašparović/Zagreb Tourist Board)

The lighting of the first advent candle at Manduševac fountain on Ban Jelačić square has signalled the start of Advent in Zagreb.

At 5 pm on Saturday afternoon, the first advent candle was lit with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić present.

After winning the title of ‘Best European Christmas Markets’ for the last three years in a row, Zagreb is no longer allowed to be in the running, but Mayor Bandić still promised a fantastic programme.

Zagreb Tourist Board director, Martina Bienenfeld, expects a 5% increase in the number of visitors this year to Zagreb over the Advent period.

Advent events will be held at traditional locations around the city like Trg Ban Jelačić, Zrinjevac, Tomislavac, Bogovićeva street, Strossmayer and European square, as well as new locations this year, including Maksimir zoo and on the city’s most popular Tkalčićeva street until 6 January 2019.

(Photo: Julien Duval/Zagreb Tourist Board)

Also this evening, the opening of the popular Ice Park on Zrinjevac was held, as well as the lighting of the Christmas lights. On Sunday, Advent in Maksimir will open.


The City has made trams and buses free every weekend during Advent.

You can check out the Advent in Zagreb Guide here.

Ice Park (Photo: Julien Duval/Zagreb Tourist Board)


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Luka Modrić wins 2018 Best Playmaker in the World award

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ZAGREB, Nov 30 (Hina) – The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) has given Croatia captain and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modrić the Best Playmaker in the World Award.

IFFHS associates from 90 countries took part in the voting.

Modrić also won the UEFA’s Best Player of the Year Award and FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award for Player of the Year. He was also first on GOAL’s 50 annual list and is the favourite to win the 2018 Ballon d’Or.

IFFHS Best Playmaker in the World Award 2018

  1. Luka Modrić – 272 points
  2. Eden Hazard – 114 points
  3. Kevin de Bruyne -36
  4. Neymar -18
  5. Paul Pogba -14
  6. Christian Eriksen- 10
  7. Miralem Pjanic – 7
  8. James Rodriguez – 7
  9. Cristiano Ronaldo – 5
  10. Isco Alarcon – 3
  11. Jorge Luiz Frello ‘Jorginho’ – 3
  12. Kylian Mbappe – 3
  13. Ivan Rakitic – 3
  14. Philippe Coutinho – 2
  15. Toni Kroos -1
  16. Thiago Alcantara -1


Source : Croatia Week

Lufthansa Celebrating 50 Years in Croatia

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German flag carrier Lufthansa is celebrating 50 years of doing business in Croatia this year.

The Lufthansa – Croatia relationship first started on 25 August 1967 when the first flight from Frankfurt, a Boeing 727 Europa Jet, landed in Zagreb.

Since then, Lufthansa has connected Croatia via its Frankfurt and Munich hubs with more than 200 destinations around the world, and via its European hubs to more than 308 destinations in 103 countries.

Lufthansa general manager for Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia and Serbia, Bernhard Wodl, told Hina that Lufthansa currently operates 50 flights per week in Croatia.

“We are happy with the results we have achieved in Croatia, we work well together and fly to the larger airports of Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula and Zadar, and this year we have increased the number of flights,” Wodl says.

Lufthansa, as announced by Wodl, is also preparing to celebrate the special anniversary during the summer months on the streets of Zagreb with a number of special promotions offering discounted flights. Several charity events are also planned.

“In addition to high quality of service and safety, Lufthansa takes account of socially responsible behavior in every country where it operates, so on the occasion of 50 anniversary in Croatia at the Zagreb Children’s and Youth Rehabilitation Center, where 50 people are residing daily, Lufthansa staff will paint the walls of the premises, and the Centre will hand-make photo frames with a message of Lufthansa’s 50th anniversary, to be presented at the closing event and celebration in September this year, “Wodl reveals.

Lufthansa, which also owns Austrian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Brussels Airlines, and Eurowings including Germanwings, is the largest airline in Europe, in terms of fleet size, and the second largest airline in terms of passengers carried during 2016.


Source : Croatia Week

Croatian Beaches Pass Water Quality Testing with Flying Colours

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Results of testing of swimming water quality at Croatian beaches have been published, and the results confirm what is already a well-known fact – that Croatia is home to the cleanest swimming water in Europe.

The first phase of testing the quality of swimming water at the nation’s beaches took place between 22 – 26 May 2017. A total of 781 beaches up and down the coast were tested.

The water was then graded into four categories – ‘excellent’, ‘good’, ‘sufficient’, or ‘poor’.

Out of the 781 beaches tested, 776, or 99.36% of them, were declared ‘excellent’ quality. 3 beaches, or 0.38%, were ‘good’, and 2 beaches, or 0.26% came back with ‘sufficient’ results.

Not one beach failed to test in the ‘poor’ category.

Testing will continue periodically throughout the summer. Assessments are determined on the basis of criteria defined by Regulation on Sea bathing water quality and the EU Directive on the management of bathing water quality.

Croatia has been testing swimming water quality since 1989 and has dominated the top three places in Europe for water quality together with Cyprus and Malta.


Source : Craotia Week

Croatian Bar Launches Campaign to Eliminate Plastic Drinking Straws

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A hostel & bar on the Croatian island of Pag is to launch a ‘No Straw’ campaign at its bar this summer to raise awareness of the waste that single use straws cause.

Big Yellow House bar in Novalja is hoping other venues around Croatia will follow suit to end the use of plastic straws and change the culture of straw use one drink at a time.

The Croatian bar is joining a global movement to eliminate plastic drinking straws from our landfills, streams, oceans, and beaches.

The Last Straw campaign in Australia and The Last Plastic Straw campaign in the Unites States are already tackling the issue and are encouraging consumers to use less plastic straws and encouraging businesses to give out fewer straws through staff training and information.

“Mass plastic use is a huge problem that contributes massive amounts to landfill and has a negative impact on ocean ecosystems. Plastic straws are an unnecessary convenience with a big impact. Single use plastics, especially straws, are having an adverse affect on our world, and it’s time to do something about it”, says Last Straw campaign.

Source : Croatia Week

Ralph Lauren Selects Croatian Teen to be Face of New Collection

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More international success for rising Croatian model Faretta Radić.

After working with a number of top international fashion houses, and appearing on the catwalk at Fashion Week in New York and Paris last year, the 19-year-old has landed another big gig.

Faretta, who comes from Trogir on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, was chosen as the face of Ralph Lauren’s Pre-Fall 2017 collection.

Faretta, who is on the books at Colors Model Management, burst onto the scene when she modeled spring collections for Givenchy, Céline, and Saint Laurent, and opened a show for Victoria Beckham.

The American edition of Vogue Magazine last year named her one of the ’16 models who ruled runways’, suggesting she could be one of the next superstars of the modeling world.

Faretta recently shot Ralph Lauren’s Pre-Fall lineup at The Polo Bar in New York.


Source : Croatia Week