Wiener Osiguranje Becomes Sponsor of Nutcracker at HNK Zagreb

Lauren Simmonds

The weather is gradually getting colder, the very first snow has already fallen on Sljeme, and as Poslovni Dnevnik/Sergej Novosel Vuckovic writes on the 1st of November, 2019, we’re now nearing the time of year when many of Zagreb’s citizens queue up at the Croatian National Theatre (HNK) in order to obtain tickets for the globally beloved Nutcracker, which is traditionally one of the most sought after cultural events during the Advent period.

Wiener Osiguranje has become the sponsor of this, otherwise the most frequently performed ballet in the entire world. According to the manager of the Croatian National Theatre, Dubravka Vrgoc, the ballet will be performed about twenty times at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, which is in itself a kind of record.

“Sponsorship of the most popular and most frequently performed ballet is the crown of our celebration of twenty years of doing business in Croatia, and it’s a great honour to be part of this wonderful Christmas story,” Wiener Osiguranje’s Jasminka Horvat Martinović said, adding that the representation of culture and art is of great importance to Wiener Osiguranje as a company.

This insurer, which is part of the large Austrian group Vienna Insurance, had a premium last year of 891.5 million kuna (an increase of fifteen percent when compared to the previous year), with a net profit of 59.4 million kuna, which ranked it in fourth position on the Croatian market. In the life insurance segment, for example, it has done even better, coming second (with a premium of 548 million kuna), just behind Croatia Osiguranje.

Wiener Osiguranje is, interestingly, also the insurer of the construction of Pelješac bridge down in Dalmatia, a strategic project for both the European Union and Croatia, and the largest infrastructure project in Croatia to date. The insurance company was hired by the contractor, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBD) as the insurance contractor for the whole operation.

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