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Jun 13, 2014

12 interesting facts about Croatia you probably didn't know

Category: Blog
Posted by: kimba

Did you know…

  • that the people from Bednja, a village in North Croatia cannot understand the fishermen from the farthest populated Croatian island Lastovo because they speak using completely different dialects of the Croatian language?
  • that Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia in the village Smiljan? (And that he refused to accept the Nobel prize because he had to share it with Edison?:D)
  • that The White House was built using stones from Croatia’s island Brač?
  • that neckties come from Croatia?
  • that the most preserved Roman amphitheater is located in Pula which is the only one in the world with all 3 rows completely preserved?
  • that Dalmatian dogs (seen in the movie 101 Dalmatians) got their name after Dalmatia, a south coastal region in Croatia?
  • that the smallest town in the world according to Guiness World records is Hum in the central part of Istria? It has only 23 inhabitants.
  • that Croatia is the homeland of the famous merchant traveler Marco Polo?
  • that Croats had their own alphabet called "glagoljica" (eng. Glagolitic) that was in everyday use until the 18th century?
  • that the most successful skier in the history of winter Olympic games is the Croatian skier Janica Kostelić and that Croatia is a country without skiing tradition? She won 4 Olympic golden and 2 silver medals.
  • that the first european-made pocket-sized calculator, the DB 800, was made in 1971 by a small croatian company Digitron from the little istrian town Buje?
  • that in the 1960s and 1970s Croatia was ane of the world's leading countries in animation (Surogat, the Academy Awards-winning short animated film from 1961 and the animated series Professor Balthazar are just one of the examples), and because of that Animafest Zagreb, the famous animated film festival is held every year in Zagreb since 1972?

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