What is Narodne Novine?

Narodne Novine Zagreb Office
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Narodne novine (The People’s Newspaper) is the official gazette (newspaper, public record) of the Republic of Croatia. Narodne novine publishes laws, regulations, appointments, and official decisions and releases them in the public domain.

Narodne novine is published by the Narodne novine d.d., Croatian publishing, printing, and trading company. Narodne novine d.d. also produces printed matters and published books, magazines, and multimedia products.

What can be found in Narodne novine

The Newspaper

Narodne novine’s purpose is to promulgate acts, laws and other rules and regulations of the Croatian Parliament, bylaws of the Croatian Government and Decrees of the President of the Republic. After publication, the vacatio legis (a brief period of eight days run by the legislation) begins. This grace period is used to allow published news to become widely known before they go into legal effect.

Narodne novine publishes judgments of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia and naming and dismissal of state officials, ambassadors, and other acts of state institutions. It also has a section called Međunarodni ugovori where all the international contracts concluded by the Republic of Croatia are published.

Narodne Novine Shop Front
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The Store

Narodne novine d.d. has its own shops which are one of the most important activities of the company. Narodne novine’s products are available to everyone, from individuals to companies. The number of products available at Narodne novine’s shops is more than 20.000. The company has 41 shops and 8 wholesale trades throughout Croatia. This comprises the biggest infrastructure of that kind of business in Croatia.

Narodne novine publishes books, monographs, dictionaries, manuals, tutorials, magazines, collections, and other similar prints which can be found at their shops. You can check the online book archive to see their publishing opus, which includes Oxford University Press’ books.

You can also buy all sorts of government forms you need in Croatia. (Yes, you have to buy government forms.) They sell forms for office administration and medical institutions, employment forms, pension, healthcare, and retirement insurance forms, fiscal forms, driving school forms, etc. If you plan to open a business, then you’ll inevitably need some of these forms.

Furthermore, their shops have a great offer of school supplies like notebooks, blocks, labels, bags, etc. as well as office supplies and equipment, archiving supplies, maps, and IT equipment and accessories.

If you want to take a look at Narodne novine’s product offer, there is a product catalog available online.

You can check the list of all the Narodne novine’s shops here. If you prefer online shopping, you can do so at the web shop.

Narodne Novine newspaper from 1941
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Brief History

The precursor of Narodne novine was Novine Horvatzke published in 1835 by the editor-in-chief Ljudevit Gaj, a well-known Croatian politician, linguist, journalist, writer, and idealist. Novine Horvatzke was the first newspaper in Zagreb written in the Croatian language.

From the very start, newspapers had an official literary paper enclosed within them. The enclosure was called Danica (Danicza Horvatzka, Slavonzka y Dalmatinzka) and it was the first Croatian literary and cultural newspaper.

The newspaper was renamed to Narodne novine in 1843, but often changed their name over the years. The most important reversal happened in 1850 when (thanks to Ljudevit Gaj) the newspapers became the official paper for Croatia and Slavonija written in the Croatian-Iliric language.

In 1868, the company was sold to the Croatian-Slovenian government by Ljudevit Gaj. The current incarnation of the Narodne novine company was founded in 1952 and they became a public company in 2001.

In addition to the print version, the paper is also available in an electronic version. The number of print readers has drastically fallen since the inception of the electronic version. As a result, free usage of the electronic version became limited. After complaints that the law must be available to everyone, a free online version of the paper became available for all.

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