In Croatia, neighbours are something like your extended family. People in Croatia often live in the same house or apartment for generations, so no wonder it's extremely important to establish good relationships with your neighbours. Your apartment gradually becomes an extension of their living room (and vice versa, of course).
In Croatia your neighbours are always there for you when you need something:
Some readers might find it unusual, but it's common practice for your Croatian neighbours to drop in for a visit, unexpected and unannounced, just to say hi or to bring some freshly baked cakes.
And it gets even more unusual: many people don't even lock their front doors during the day, especially in smaller towns and villages.
One of the basic rules is that everyone knows everyone. Therefore, passing by someone you know – especially your neighbour! – and not greeting them is considered a major offence.
To make sure that never happens, why not learn the follow common greetings in Croatian!
Dobro jutro! Answer Good morning!
Dobar dan! Answer Good afternoon!
Dobra večer! Answer Good evening!
Laku noć! Answer Good night!
Doviđenja! Answer Goodbye
Uživaj! Answer Enjoy! (informal)
Bok! Answer Hi!
Kako si? Answer How are you? (informal)
Kako ste? Answer How are you? (formal)
Dođi na kavu! Answer Come over for a coffee!
Želim vam ugodan dan! Answer Have a nice/good day! (formal)