Highlights of the Week: 5 Big Events in Croatia from May 10-16, 2021

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Borna Sosa story continues 

If you’ve been following the Borna Sosa saga this past week, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. The talented 23 years old football player has stirred up quite a bit of commotion with his announcement of switching national teams from Croatia to Germany. Borna’s mother was born in Germany and he now has the legal right to claim German citizenship. However, there is a new clause added in the FIFA rulebook since September 2020 that states a player switching national teams needed to already have had citizenship of the nation he is switching to before he played for the national team he is switching from. In other words, Borna Sosa needed to already have had dual Croatian and German citizenship at the time when he played for the Croatia youth team.

After the embarrassment faced with the new FIFA rules, Borna issues an apology for HNS stating “he made a mistake”. 

The decision I made was wrong, and I have to take responsibility for it myself. If the Croatian Football Federation and coaches believe that despite everything, I can contribute to the success of our national teams, I will respond to their invitation and make myself available.

Croaticum Croatian Language and Culture Summer School Announced for 2021

The Centre for Croatian as a Second and Foreign Language, known as Croaticum, is the oldest and largest institution engaged in teaching, research, and description of Croatian as a second and foreign language. The Croatian language and culture are beginning to generate more and more interest among not only ex-pats who wish to return home or reconnect with their relatives, but also among tourists and foreigners.


The Croaticum in Zagreb has announced the opening of its summer school for the Croatian language and culture, to be held between June and July. Enrollment will begin on May 24th. 

Archaeological Park Iovia – Ludbreg Officially Opens!

The museum was opened by the Minister of Culture and Media, Ph.D. Nina Obuljen Koržinek with the mayor of Ludbreg Dubravko Bilić and the director of the restoration institute and honorary Ludbreg citizen, doctor of science Tajana Pleše.


Vjeran Zganec Rogulja

Ludberg is one of Croatia’s hidden gems, also known as the Centre of the World. It holds the church which houses the only Vatican-certified miracle in Croatia, a monument to local javelin heroine, Sara Kolak, who won Olympic Gold in Rio in 2016, and the newly opened museum and park. 

First Post-Covid Pilot Party in Croatia Held, Digital Green Certificates on Schedule for June 1

The first-ever post-Covid pilot party took place in Zagreb at the Rooftop Lateral restaurant. The aim of the event was to prove that it is safe and, to represent a step towards the old normal. The project has been prepared since March this year and they are very proud that their idea has been realized. All participants have been vaccinated twice, and after a week, they will undergo testing. 


Davorin Visnjic

The Croatian Institute of Public Health epidemiologist, Ph.D. Dijana Mayer emphasized the importance of vaccination because a large percentage of vaccinated citizens will greatly simplify life and enable events to take place and much greater mobility of people.

Fantastic flights news for Croatia

As the summer tourist season approaches, hope for a better season is restored by numerous information about flights to and from Croatia published this week.

The latest flight news comes from Wizz Air, as they resume flights to Dubrovnik-Rome Summer Service, as well as Split-Rome. Earlier this week, Azur Air announced flight s from Saint Petersburg to Pula this summer. 



Polish national airline, LOT, plans to operate regular flights to five Croatian airports in the summer season. The line is currently in operation three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and the company will gradually increase the number of operations. It will operate 6 times a week during the peak summer season between Zagreb and Warsaw. 

The Irish low-cost airline, RyanAir will open a base at Zagreb Airport from September this year. They have just announced two new flights to Zagreb, in addition to the already 12 lines previously announced. Joining the fantastic flight news is also the Serbian national airline, Air Serbia, launching routes to Split and Dubrovnik from the end of May.

Even though we have experienced flight cancellations and shortages in the past year, the recent flight news is a great step towards a new normal and a great summer season. 

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