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Central/Southern Europe
Capital: Zagreb
Languages: Croatian
Predominant Religion(s): Christianity
(Roman Catholic)

The following information is generalized and compiled from questions posed to the agents and interviewers in Croatia. Although au pairs from this country may or may not have had these experiences/beliefs, Au Pair in America wishes to share this general information with our families.

Common Characteristics:

  • Croatian people describe themselves as ambitious and resourceful.
  • Croatian have very strong ties to their family.
  • Croatians are very proud of their heritage and culture, and this sense of pride comes from their long and rich culture, as well as a legacy of foreign invasion and control.

Fun Facts:

  • Croatia is home to the world's smallest town: the town of Hum, a sleepy place with cobblestone streets...and that's about it!
  • The Croatian currency is the Kuna, which is the Croatian word for the marten, a ferret-like rodent prized for its luxurious fur!
  • Croatia is home to the world's most beautiful sunset...according to Alfred Hitchcock! To find out if you agree, you must visit the city of Zarar.

Useful Phrases:

  • How are you?             Kako ste?
  • Fine, thanks.               Dobro, hvala.
  • My name is…              Zovem se or ime mi je…
  • Nice to meet you!        Drago mi je da smo se upoznali!
  • Thank you.                  Hvala.

“ This will be the best decision of your life if you love working with children because you will grow up a lot as a person!”   – Leana - au pair from Croatia
“Being an au pair was a beautiful experience for me. Not that I only met new friends from all around the world but I gained a new family and therefore enriched my life.”   – Pavica - au pair from Croatia
“It's great experience to learn about yourself. Getting out of your comfort zone gives you the chance to develop in ways you were not able to even imagine before. You get good prospective of the world and yourself.”   – Andrea - au pair from Croatia

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