Happy Birthday to Croatia!

Croatia national football team came in second at the 2018 World Cup. *Photo from Wikipedia

October 8 is Independence Day, celebrates the official separation of Croatia from Yugoslavia in 1991.

The Croats (South Slavic ethnic group at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean Sea) arrived in the area of present-day Croatia during the early part of the 7th century AD. They organized the state into two duchies by the 9th century. Tomislav became the first king by 925, elevating Croatia to the status of a kingdom. The Kingdom of Croatia retained its sovereignty for nearly two centuries, reaching its peak during the rule of Kings Petar Krešimir IV and Dmitar Zvonimir. Croatia entered a personal union with Hungary in 1102.
In 1527, faced with Ottoman conquest, the Croatian Parliament elected Ferdinand I of the House of Habsburg to the Croatian throne.
In 1918, after World War I, Croatia was included in the unrecognized State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs which seceded from Austria-Hungary and merged into the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The fascist Croatian puppet state backed by Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany existed during World War II.
After the war, Croatia became a founding member and a federal constituent of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, a constitutionally socialist state. On June 25, 1991, Croatia declared independence, which came wholly into effect on October 8 of the same year.

Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia, is a sovereign state at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean. The most common religious denomination is Roman Catholicism.

We interviewed a man from the country, who supports Japanese startup community.
*Click a photo below to see his story!

“Every time I go to San Francisco, everyone is asking me about Japanese startups. They think Japan is very innovative, attractive and interesting” – Nikola Pavesic, Startup for startups

*Reference: Wikipedia