Customs in Croatia
Most of the inhabitants of Croatia speak Croatian, a south Slavic language. German and English are the second most popular languages spoken in this country.
Currency used in Croatia is the Kuna (HRK) - kn
Family plays a very important role in the every day life of Croatia. A big emphasis is placed on family ties. Rather than send elderly parents to a nursing home, Croatians will take them in under their roof if they are not already living there as an extended family unit.
Customs and Etiquette in Everyday Life and Socialization
Greetings should consist of a strong, firm
handshake, eye contact and appropriate salutation for the time of day:
Dobro Juto (Good Morning),
Until you are invited to call someone by their first name, always use their title and surname: Gospodin (Mr.), Gospoda (Mrs.) and Gospodica (Miss).
When invited to a Croatian's home for dinner, bring a bottle of wine for the host and flowers for the hostess. Make sure to avoid giving chrysanthemums and that there are an odd number of stems. Unless you are told otherwise, dress will be casual as are table manners. Make sure to follow basic table etiquette.
Wait for the host or hostess to show you where to sit and do not begin eating until the host signals it is time to begin. If your hostess offers you seconds, and you refuse, it is polite. If she insists that you take more, you should take more. Leaving a small amount leftover on your plate is an indication that you are finished eating.
When it comes to gratuity, tipping is appreciated and accepted in Croatia.
• At a restaurant, an extra 10-15% tip is
Customs and Etiquette in Business
The first few minutes of a meeting are laid back as they are typically used as an introductory period. Allow your associate to start the talk of business when they are ready to do so.
Croatians value those who are straightforward. Make sure to be direct and to the point without mincing words; at the same time be diplomatic and choose your words carefully in order to avoid causing offense.