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CROATIA /HRVATSKA. Verna Hämäläinen Gudrun Hammer Ilena Masla ć Lisa Pöschlmayer. General Info. Republic of Croatia/ Republika Hrvatska Declaration of Independence: 8 October, 1991 Capital City: Zagreb Population: 4.4 million Official Language: Croatian President: Stjepan Mesi ć.

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croatia hrvatska


Verna Hämäläinen

Gudrun Hammer

Ilena Maslać

Lisa Pöschlmayer

general info
General Info
  • Republic of Croatia/ Republika Hrvatska
  • Declaration of Independence: 8 October, 1991
  • Capital City: Zagreb
  • Population: 4.4 million
  • Official Language: Croatian
  • President: Stjepan Mesić
cultural traits
Cultural Traits
  • Family attachments
  • Nepotism
  • Direct culture
  • Gestures
  • Concept of time
  • Humour
  • Catholic attitudes
  • Antipathy towards Serbs/ Nationalism
  • Regional differences
family attachments
Family Attachments
  • strong family ties
  • Croatians marry usually quite young
  • a big celebration with lots of people invited

divorce rate is not high

  • average of 1.5 children per woman
direct culture
Direct Culture
  • Level of relationship is important to consider
  • Exaggerations
  • Very emotional and high-tempered
  • Nepotism
business etiquette
Business Etiquette
  • Do not rely too much on schedules
  • Small talk very important
  • Never jump straight into business
  • Building relationship initially more important than business
gestures body language
Gestures/ Body Language
  • Croatians use their hands and arms when talking
  • Love talking a lot and loud
concept of time
Concept of time
  • Flexible and slower

concept of time

  • “Relax, we

still have time“

  • Tend to

miss deadlines

  • Punctuality is not

one of the Croatians’ strengths

  • 90% Roman Catholic,

10 % others

  • Croatians feel very catholic and the vast majority of them practises the religion too
  • Herzegovinian Croatians and Dalmatians feel the most catholic of all Croatians - history
  • Communistic Yugoslavia and Tito's antipathy towards catholic church
  • Relations to Vatican
  • the south and the coastal areas
  • irony, cynicism, or dark humour
  • most jokes are sexist or about Bosnians or regional mentality
  • make fun of people’s mistakes, lack of judgement or serious thoughts, reversal of fortune, regional mentality, frivolity, drunkenness, and lack of professionalism
nationalism antipathy towards serbs regional differences
Nationalism/Antipathy towards Serbs/Regional Differences
  • very proud and aware of their national identity
  • antipathy towards Serbs is due to the recent war
  • regional identity is important
  • difference south-north
  • historical influence on the regional mentality
do s don ts

Praise and know about:

  • Croatian cuisine: food, cooking and wine
  • Croatian cuisine
  • Croatian sports
  • Their clean and beautiful environment

Do not

  • Criticize Croatia’s role in the Croatian War of Independence
  • Make comparisons between Croats and Serbians
  • Criticize catholic church
activity 3 try to read these croatian sentences
Activity 3Try to read these Croatian sentences:

Laku noć. – Good night.

Dobar dan. – Good afternoon.

Ne govorim hrvatski. – I cannot speak Croatian.

Studiram engleski. I am studying English.