Here are some of the Croatia fun facts. If you are visiting Croatia and have a chance to spend some time with local people, here are few ways that can make a Croatian angry. I'm not taking sides here. I am just saying that these things can make a Croatian angry. And you don't want an angry Croatian.
Croatia fun facts
#1: If you call them the Balkans; I am not taking sides here, nor do I want to debate about whether Croatia is or isn't in the Balkans. I am just saying, that if you are visiting Croatia, don’t try to tell your Croatian host that Croatia is the Balkan. You’ll be in for a long discussion, how geographically Croatia might be partially Balkan country, but how culturally and historically they have nothing in common with the rest of Balkan countries. Unless you are really bored to death, and you are really in for some arguing, just don’t use the Balkan term while in Croatia.
#2: If you call Croatia, an Eastern European country; it’s just a little bit more acceptable for Croatians to be called Eastern Europe than it is to be called the Balkans. However, you’ll be in for a long debate again. Your Croatian host will try to explain to you how Croatia is culturally and historically part of Central Europe, and geographically a Southeastern European country. And that they were free to travel even during Socialist times. They also had nothing to do with Russia since 1948.
#3: If you still refer to the country as ex-Yugoslavia. OK, Croatia was a part of Yugoslavia. And you might have a point there. But, it’s been 23 years since Yugoslavia disintegrated, maybe it’s time to stop calling it that name. You’ll look better too.
#4: If you call the independence war, a civil war. It wasn't a civil war. Get over it.
#5: If you praise cevapi as their national dish. OK, it is the single most popular dish you’ll eat in Croatia. And, unless you are a vegetarian, there is a good chance you’ll love it. Croatian restaurants’ owners figured this out long ago. People love cevapi. And tourists even more. So the majority of the restaurants offer them. However, Croatians will always try to explain to you how cevapi is Bosnian, but they offer them just because tourists ask for them.
#6: If you keep filling up their glass yourself. As appreciative buddies, their job will then be to drink it all. And consequently, they’ll get drunk. In Croatia, the bottle is at the table, and everybody drinks as much as they feel comfortable with.
#7: Calling Croatian and Serbian the same language. You wouldn't tell a Norwegian he speaks the same language as a Swede, would you? While Croatian and Serbian are similar languages, they are not the same. Don't bring it up, unless you really want to have another long debate with your Croatian host.