Croatia: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
In this small and beautiful country, sea and mountains arewithin easy reach, and there is a great diversity of landscape,mentality, and lifestyles. Its rich and turbulent history can betraced back to ancient times, to long before the Greeks and Romansfounded their great colonies on the Croatian islands of Hvar andVis.Your first impressions may surprise you: you’ll notice howcheerful and noisy the Croats are, how they use hands and gesturesand touch when they are talking, and their straightforwardapproach. You will observe that the people tend to be tall and wellbuilt, and pay a lot of attention to clothes and appearance.Culture Smart! Croatia is designed to give you an insight intoCroatian values and the Croatian ways of life and work. A shortintroduction to Croatian history and language will help you tounderstand how and why the Croats fought for independence fromYugoslavia, and why this part of the Balkan Peninsula is still oneof the most complicated regions in Europe. It will tell you who theCroats are, how they live and behave and how you should behave whenvisiting their country. It will guide you through their customs,quirks, and etiquette, and offer tips on doing business,communicating, and feeling comfortable with the local people.