5 things you may not know about Croatia: Names ending in ‘ic’ and Game of Thrones

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As Croatia braces to face France at the World Cup final on Sunday, here’s five things you may not know about the country.

1) Names

If you ever wondered why the majority of Croatian last names end in “ić,” it is because it’s a male diminutive suffix.

The suffix was traditionally combined with either the name or profession of the (usually male) parent.

For example, Mornar, which means sailor, becomes Mornarić, which means child of a sailor.

2) Dalmatians

The Dalmatian breed of dog has roots that trace back to Croatia and its historical region of Dalmatia.

Dalmatia's name is derived from the name of an Illyrian tribe called the Dalmatae who lived in the area of the eastern Adriatic coast in the 1st millennium BC.

3) Game of Thrones

Dubrovnik was the main filming location in Croatia for King's Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms in the TV show Game of Thrones. The city saw a boom in tourism thanks to the popularity of the HBO series.

4) Neckties

Croatia celebrates "Cravat Day" on October 18 as the country claims to have pioneered the necktie. The cravat came to Western Europe in the 17th century, courtesy of Croatian mercenaries.

In many languages, variations of the word ‘cravat’ are used for ‘necktie.’

5) World’s smallest town

The town of ‘Hum’ in the country’s northwest is said to be in possession of a world record for being the smallest town in the world. It has a population of 21 as per the 2011 census, but is unofficially a town.