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Croatia's Statehood Day is a holiday that occurs every year on May 30 in Croatia (from 2002 to 2019 it was on June 25) to celebrate the constitution of the first modern multi-party in 1990. The Statehood Day is the National Day of Croatia, being both an official holiday and a day off work.

Meet Lieutenant Colonel Marin Domijan.  We sat down to ask a few questions on what is special about not only this day but also his nation! 

See his answers below.

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Lieutenant Colonel Marin Domijan

1. What do you miss most about home?

Family and friends are the first that come to my mind. I miss the sun and sea because Croatia is known for its nice, warm weather with more than 2700 hours of sunshine per year.


2. What have you learned working at SHAPE in an international environment that you can take back to your national military?
My work back home is connected with military cooperation as well as my work history - I've been in Africa, Georgia as an UN observer, I worked in NSHQ in 2011 for 3 years, and multinational environment is already known for me. What I can take back home is unity, professionalism, joint strength and my experience.

3. What is something unique about Croatia that others might not know?

Apart from being my homeland, Croatia is unique for its natural beauty - it's landscape, national parks. Croatia has diversity - sea, mountains, more than 1200 islands, world's first pipe organ played by the sea, the smallest town in the world - with only 20 habitants. The first world's fastest electric car was made in Croatia.


4. During normal non COVID times how would you usually celebrate this national day?
Many people celebrate with their family and friends by throwing a BBQ party. I hope this year I will be able to do the same with my Croatian small community here on SHAPE. In Croatia, on this day, the biggest celebration takes place in our capital, Zagreb. Statehood Day in the Republic of Croatia is a holiday celebrated on May 30, commemorating the constitution of the first democratically elected multi-party Parliament on May 30, 1990.

To learn more about the Croatian Armed Forces, check out this video: https://youtu.be/M6CBvV_qXdk

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