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Snapshot of Croatia (part of the Adriatic North Mission)
Croatian is the official language of Croatia, though a significant number of the population speaks at least second language, including English, German, and Italian. The Roman Catholic church is the dominant religious denomination in Croatia, though a few Orthodox, Islamic, and Protestant groups are also present in small numbers. Theater and print media are both very popular in Croatia. The Croatian government actively seeks to preserve traditional heritage, such as ancient art and architecture. Soccer is the most popular sport, though other sports such as handball, basketball, and ice hockey are also popular. Croatian cuisine reflects several different influences, with popular meal items including goulash (a meat, noodle, and vegetable stew), as well as several types of roasted or grilled meats, including lamb, pork sausages, beef, and goose. Crepes, strudels, and other types of pastries are also popular.
Snapshot of Slovenia (part of the Adriatic North Mission)
Slovene is the official language of Slovenia, though other languages such as Hungarian and Italian are spoken in border areas. The largest religious denomination in Slovenia is the Roman Catholic church, though many Slovenians are irreligious, being either agnostic or atheist. Slovenia is host to many festivals and cultural events, including book, theater, and children’s festivals. Music festivals are also popular, and ballet and other types of folk dance have a long history in Slovenia. A wide variety of modern music is also popular, including metal, rock, and pop music. Soccer, basketball, and ice hockey are all somewhat popular sports, though other activities such as mountain climbing and winter sports are also quite popular. Slovenian cuisine is varied across different regions of the country. Soups, porridge, and stew are all common dishes. The soups are varied and use a variety of meats and herbs. Meat is often only eaten on Sundays and feast days, though it is eaten more frequently in wealthier areas. Mushrooms are popular. Several types of pastries and desserts are also regularly eaten, with the nut roll (a pastry that mixes ground nuts in the dough) being one of the most popular.
Snapshot of Serbia (part of the Adriatic North Mission)
The official language of Serbia is Serbian. Most of Serbia’s population belongs to various Eastern Orthodox churches, with the Serbian Orthodox Church being the most largest denomination. Roman Catholic, Islamic, and Protestant minorities also exist in various parts of the country. Serbia’s culture has been influenced by being subject to the Roman, Byzantine, and other ancient empires. Traditional art, folk literature, and architecture reflect these diverse influences. Theater is an important cultural element in modern-day Serbia. Many types of traditional and folk music are still influential in modern culture today, particularly Balkan brass band music and turbo-folk, a genre that combines Serbian folk music with rock and electronic dance music. Rock, pop, and hip hop are also popular. Soccer, basketball, water polo, and volleyball are among the most popular sports in the country. Some of the more popular food items in Serbia include pljeskavica (a spicy ground meat patty either with side dishes or on pita bread) and cevapi (grilled minced meat served on flatbread with onions and dairy cream). Lunch is typically the largest meal of the day, with meat dishes and breads serving as the most important part of the meal. Soups and salads are also regularly served. Many sweet pastries are also popular.
*Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Montenegro, are also within the borders of the Adriatic North Mission but at this time have no missionary base located within their boarders*
In Serbia the church progression changes depending on country’s safety issues. There are currently three congregations in Serbia and 308 members. Slovenia has 411 members, with four congregations. The government recognized The Church in Croatia in 1975. There are currently six congregations and over 550 members.
Soups are common for meals. There are over 100 varieties. In Slovenia meat-based soups are served on Sunday, and they only use beef or chicken. Goulash is very popular in many parts of Croatia.
Bosnia and Herzegovina collect many flavors with their Turkish and Middle Eastern influences. They use potatoes in many of their dishes, along with vegetables, and spices like paprika.
Meats are prepared over a spit and served for special occasions and holidays.
There are several ways to travel throughout these countries. Croatia has a rail network that connects to the major cities. There is a tram system within the cities and taxis all over. Serbia and Slovenia also include bus systems to take travelers and locals to their destinations.
The safety in this mission varies throughout the countries. Croatia is known as a very safe area. Tourists take note that there may be some areas that will try to over-charge them. Also in high-tourist locations pickpocketing is common.
Slovenia is safe too. There are areas at night that are suggested to stay away from. Speak to trusted locals about these areas before full exploration of the country.
Solvenia holds festivals all year round highlighting traditions and customs. Dancing, food and music are included in every festival and holiday.
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