|European continent. Croatia outlined in dark ink|
|A close-up of Croatia & its neighbors. I included the island|
of Brac so you'll have an idea what the headline is talking about.
Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro
21,851 square miles
Five Largest Cities:
Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Osijek, Zadar
Famous Geographical Point:
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Leopold Ruzicka, 1939 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry*
Book Set In/About:
Cafe Europa: Life After Communism by Slavenka Drakulic
In this series of short essays by journalist and noted author Drakulic, she explores life in Eastern Europe after the fall of Communism.
Movie Set In/About:
"Tito i ja (Tito and Me)" (1992), directed by Goran Markovic
Set in Yugoslavia during the 1950s (Croatia was a part of Yugoslavia at that time), a young boy innocently admires the president, Josip Broz Tito (who had an oppressive regime), bringing him into conflict with the adults around him.
Headline of the Day:
"Finally! A Helicopter Service for Croatia Based on Brac for 2017" in Total Croatia News.
*For the Balkans, where ethnicity is complex and important, choosing a famous Croat was a thornier issue than I anticipated. For example, Nikola Tesla was born and raised in what is now Croatia, but, so far as I can tell, isn't considered Croat because his family was Serbian. Similarly, the composer Joseph Haydn is (controversially apparently) considered Croat even though he was born and raised in Austria. Typically, I like to choose someone who was born and raised to adulthood in that country. Mr. Ruzicka was ethnically Croat AND born there, but may have left before the age of 18 (Wikipedia was unclear on that matter). I decided to go with him anyway.