Living in Croatia as a foreigner, it’s easy to feel like you’re in a bubble. Inside that bubble, it’s natural to tune out whatever is happening in Croatian news for several reasons.
Maybe you’re too consumed with news back in your home country. Maybe you don’t understand Croatian. Maybe you don’t feel like it’s worth investing time to find out what is going on here. Or perhaps you just don’t know where to look.
Paying at least a modicum of attention to Croatian news when living in Croatia is important because:
- There are things that happen that do affect your daily life
- Reading (or attempting to read) Croatian news will help to improve your Croatian language skills
- Being informed is integral to being part of the community
In this post, we’ve culled together all of the most relevant and reliable news sources in Croatia. This list includes newspapers, TV programs, and online news portals for both national news and regional news. Some of these news outlets do offer news in English, Spanish, and German, which we’ve noted below.
With these news sources, you’ll have access to the most important information about what is going on in Croatia on a daily basis.
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In this post, we cover:
- National Croatian News
- Regional Croatian News
- English News
Let’s get informed…
HRT – Hrvatska radiotelevizija (Croatian Radiotelevision) is a state-owned public broadcasting company that includes radio and television channels. The radio program started in 1926 and the television program started in 1956.
HRT offers 5 channels: HRT1, HRT2, HRT3, HRT4, and HRT5. To watch their programs, households are required to pay a monthly fee of 80 kuna.
HRT’s main news program is Dnevnik HRT that broadcasts on HRT1. They are the only Croatian television outlet that broadcasts foreign language news. On HRT4, English news is aired at 23:00, Spanish at 6:00, and German at 21:00.
Index.hr is the most popular private Croatian liberal online news portal. It was launched in 2002 and it is the leading Croatian news portal.
The portal covers news from different areas such as politics, business, sports, and show business. The news section is divided into the news from Croatia, Zagreb, the region, European Union, and the world.
Jutarnji list is the 2nd most read daily newspaper in Croatia. It was launched in 1998 and its headquarters is in Zagreb. It is under the private ownership of Hanza Media d.o.o., a leading media company in Croatia and Southeast Europe.
The portal’s news section is divided into the news from Croatia, Zagreb, the world, and, occasionally, other currently active topics in Croatia.
While not a traditional news outlet per se, we would be remiss not to include them in this list. Narodne novine is the official gazette of the Republic of Croatia. It is published by Narodne novine d.d.
Narodne novine publishes laws, regulations, appointments, and official decisions of the government and releases them in the public domain. Their primary distribution is through their newspaper, but they also post updates to their website.
Narodne novine is more than just a newspaper. If you’d like to learn more about what they produce and why you may need to enter one of their shops, check out our post here.
Nova TV is a private (but free to watch) TV network and the 1st Croatian commercial TV network with national concession. It was launched in 2000 in Zagreb and it is owned by the United Media.
Their main program is Dnevnik Nove TV, a news program that is broadcasted every day at 19:15. Their news can also be followed on their website.
RTL Televizija is a private (but free to watch) TV network that was launched in 2004. It is a commercial TV network with a national concession owned by the RTL group.
From Monday to Thursday, they broadcast 3 news programs: RTL Vijesti at 16:30, RTL Danas at 18:30, and RTL Direkt at 22:15. During Friday and weekends, they broadcast RTL Vijesti at 16:30 and RTL Danas at 18:30.
RTL’s news can also be followed online via their website.
Telegram, launched in 2015, is one of the most read Croatian informative web portals and among the leading digital media outlets in Croatia. It is under the private ownership of Telegram media grupa d.o.o.
They cover topics from the areas of politics, economy, science, and culture. Telegram also includes columns written by the left and liberally oriented authors.
Their video series “What’s Next” created in cooperation with Hrvatski Telekom was named the best-sponsored video series in the world at the prestigious native marketing awards in Berlin in 2018.
Večernji list (“Evening paper”) is a national daily newspaper launched in 1959. It is often called “Večernjak”. Večernji is the second-largest newspaper in Croatia according to the number of daily copies. It is owned by Styria Media Group AG.
The portal’s news section is divided into the general news, sports, Zagreb, showbiz, lifestyle, business, tech/science, cars, culture, and blogs.
Glas Slavonije (The Voice of Slavonija) is the leading daily newspaper for the territory of eastern Croatia. It was founded in Osijek in 1943. Its private owners are Osječki list d.o.o., Alpe-Adria poslovodstvo d.o.o., and AUTOREPARTURA d.d.
In addition to their newspaper, their news can also be followed on their website. The portal is organized by news from Osijek, Osijek’s region, and Croatia. If you live in Slavonija, an easy way to stay updated with the latest happenings in Slavonija is to follow Glas Slavonije.
Novi list is the daily newspaper published in Rijeka, issued by the private company Novi list d.d. It was established in 1990.
Novi list is most popular among readers from Primorje-Gorski Kotar county. Their online news portal sections are divided into the news from Croatia, Rijeka, Opatija, the islands, Novi Vinodolski and Crikvenica, Gorski kotar, and Lika and Senj.
IstraIN is a news portal that is focused on readers from the territory of Istria. It objectively covers news from the Istrian region on a daily basis.
Slobodna Dalmacija is the biggest Dalmatian daily newspaper published in Split with a turbulent history, which you can read about here. It was first published in 1943 and it is under the private ownership of Hanza Media d.o.o.
Their news is primarily focused on happenings in Dalmatia and Split. On their website, their news is divided by Dalmatia, Split, Šibenik, Dubrovnik, the coast, the islands, and Dalmatinska zagora.
Zagorje.com is a relatively new news portal focused on the territory of Hrvatsko zagorje near Zagreb. It is published by the private company Zagorje digital d.o.o.
If you’re looking for small bites of English-language news, Croatia Week does a great job of translating Croatian news articles for English speakers. They also offer original English-language news about expat and diaspora happenings. This is our #1 go-to site for Croatian news in the English language.
Which news portals do you follow? Let us know in the comments.
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