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!
The following vocabulary can help you get to the right person to assist you:
Once you've found the right person to talk to, you can use the following words to explain what’s wrong:
hitan slučaj → (emergency)
hitna pomoć → (ambulance)
nezgoda → (accident)
bolestan (m) / bolesna (f) → (sick)
bol → (pain)
lijek → (medicine)
glavobolja → (headache)
ozljeda → (injury)
infekcija → (infection)
niski tlak → (low pressure)
visoki tlak → (high pressure)
problemi sa srcem → (heart problems)
The following phrases might come in handy during an emergency.
Trebam liječnika. → I need a doctor.
Ne mogu disati! → I can't breathe!
On/ona treba liječnika. → He/she needs a doctor.
Gdje je (najbliža) bolnica? → Where is the (nearest) hospital?
Osjećam se jako loše. → I feel very bad.
Zovite (formal) / Zovi (informal) hitnu pomoć! → Call the ambulance!
Boli me ruka / noga / glava. → My arm - leg - head hurts.
Treba mi nešto za glavobolju. → I need something for my headache.
Imate (formal) / Imaš (informal) li aspirin? → Do you have an aspirin?
Gdje je (najbliža) policijska postaja? → Where is a (nearest) police station?
Opljačkan (m) / opljačkana (f) sam! → I've just been robbed!
Zovite (formal) / Zovi policiju! (informal) → Call the police!
Other possible problems:
Možete (formal) / Možeš (informal) li pozvati taksi? → Can you call a taxi?
Gdje je američki/njemački/talijanski/španjolski konzulat? → Where is the American/German/Italian/Spanish consulate?
Izgubio (m) / Izgubila (f) sam se! → I'm lost!
Bloody Mary, molim. Mamuran (m) / mamurna (f) sam! → A Bloody Mary, please. I'm hungover!
The following emergency numbers are free to call throughout Croatia:
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!