Population: 4.2M (approx 1/13th RSA | Size: 56,594km2 (approx 1/20th size RSA) | Currency: Kuna | Political Leader: President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović (Croatian Democratic Union party) | Capital City: Zagreb | GDP: $49billion (80/195) | Offical Language: Croatian


Mia Mihaela Lukić-Dagnin is from Rijeka, Croatia

When and why did you come to South Africa?  I came to South Africa in January 2001, because the economy took quite a knock from the war we experienced growing up.
Where do you work/what do you do?  I work at a digital agency in Cape Town, and I am an account manager for the display team.
What do you like most about Hout Bay? I love the cultural diversity, and the fact that the community is so tight-knit.
What’s the best thing about your country? The best thing is that people are so warm and friendly, and there is a strong sense of pride among the nation.
…and the worst? The war that took place between 1991 and 1995 – we lost thousands of our people, and many cities were destroyed.
What do you think Croatia is most famous for? A number of things – ties, mechanical pencils and parachutes were invented by Croatians… and Nikola Tesla [engineer, whom the SI unit of magnetic flex density is named after] was born there.
If there’s one thing you could import from Croatia to South Africa, what would it be? Hard to choose one thing! I think I would import Paški Sir (cheese made on Pag Island) – sheep milk cheese with a very distinct flavour.
If there’s one thing Croatians could learn from South Africa what would that be? We could learn to “go with the flow” – we can be quite timeous and we plan everything in advance!
How do you greet someone in Croatian? “Dobar dan” is a standard greeting, which means “Good day”.
Teach us something else thing to say. “Živjeli” is said when giving a toast.

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