Sunday shopping banned in Croatia - International Herald Tribune "The Croatian parliament has passed a law forcing shops to close on Sundays in a concession to the Roman Catholic church. The church has campaigned for years for Sundays to be devoted to family or Mass in Croatia, which is almost 90 percent Roman Catholic. But Croatians have begun spending weekends in shopping malls that have flourished across the country in the past few years and remain open seven days a week. The law adopted Tuesday and goes into effect Jan. 1. It allows Sunday shopping over the summer and Christmas holidays. The law also allows stores in gas, bus and train stations to open on Sundays year-round, along with those in hospitals. Bakeries, newsstands and flower shops are also exempt from the ban." I very rarely went shopping on Sunday, but this pisses me off. It shows how deeply is church politically connected with the leading party, and guess what, elections are just so many Sundays away... Official reasons are to protect exhausted and exploited workers and to give people choice (!) to spend their Sunday better. Personally, I find it quite insulting.