Useful Croatian in case of an emergency

Useful Croatian

Whether you're in Croatia on holiday, for work or visiting friends or family, it's a good idea to know how to ask for help in Croatian in the event of an emergency. In this blog article we cover the most important Croatian words and phrases … just in case!

1. How do I get help?

The simplest way to ask for assistance is to shout which means Help! You can also use the phrase (Can you help me?) or (Can you help us?)

The following vocabulary can help you get to the right person to assist you:

2. How do I describe the problem?

Once you've found the right person to talk to, you can use the following words to explain what’s wrong:

→ (emergency)
→ (ambulance)
→ (accident)
(m) / (f) → (sick)
→ (pain)
→ (medicine)
→ (headache)
→ (injury)
→ (infection)
→ (low pressure)
→ (high pressure)
→ (heart problems)


3. Useful vocabulary

The following phrases might come in handy during an emergency.

General help:

→ Help!
(formally or to a group of people) → Please help!
(informally to one person) → Please help!
→ What happened?

Medical emergency:

→ I need a doctor.
→ I can't breathe!
→ He/she needs a doctor.
→ Where is the (nearest) hospital?
→ I feel very bad.
→ Call the ambulance!
→ My arm - leg - head hurts.
→ I need something for my headache.
→ Do you have an aspirin?

Police emergency:

→ Where is a (nearest) police station?
→ I've just been robbed!
(informal) → Call the police!

Other possible problems:

→ Can you call a taxi?
→ Where is the American/German/Italian/Spanish consulate?
→ I'm lost!
→ A Bloody Mary, please. I'm hungover!

4. Which numbers should I dial?

The following emergency numbers are free to call throughout Croatia:

  • If you need to call an ambulance, call 194
  • You can reach the fire brigade on 193
  • The police can be reached on 192

In case that you forget which number to dial for an emergency, you can always call 112. It is the common emergency telephone number in nearly all member states of the European Union as well as several other countries of Europe and the world.

We wish you a safe stay in Croatia, and remember: most Croatians speak plenty of English, so even if you forget everything you've learnt, don't get stressed, you're sure to be understood!

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