Croatia Country Profile Travel Guide Business Information

Croatia Country Profile Travel Guide Business Information

 Croatian population Croatia religion Croatia history Croatia economy Croatia road travel & other Croatia national information

 Related pages  Contact the Croatian Consulate / Dubrovnik Guide / Zagreb Guide

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Property & Real Estate in Croatia

Croatia Country Profile

Croatia Population The population of Croatia is 4.500,000 with 800,000 of these people living in the Capital Zagreb. The population is very cosmopolitan but there is no accurate statistical breakdown of the ethnicity. The main groups are Croatian, Serb, Slavic Muslim, Hungarian, Slovene and Italian. Language In Croatia The main spoken languages are Croatian Serbian Slovak, Slovene, German and Italian. Croatia Religion The main regions are Roman Catholic, Muslim, Orthodox and Protestant.

Currency In Croatia

The official currency is the Kuna, but the Euro is accepted in many tourist areas. Forged Croatian Kuna banknotes are in circulation especially 200 and 500 notes.  You are advised to only purchase Kuna at established outlets such as ATM’s and banks.

Subsistence Money On Entering Croatia

Under Croatian law all visitors to Croatia whatever the reason for their visit must carry sufficient money to cover the cost of their stay in the country. You could be refused admission into the country if you do not have the following funds: If you are staying at a hotel a minimum of 100€ per day or 50€ per day if you are staying at a private address. If the latter is the case you will need written confirmation of the arrangement.

Croatia Economy – Business

The Croatian economy has an annual growth rate of around 4% and low inflation which fluctuates between 2-4%. Unemployment figures are officially in the region of 20% though the International Labour Organisation figures are several percentage points lower.

The major industries are steel, cement, chemicals, textiles, pharmaceuticals, fertilisers and tourism. Croatia’s main trading partners are the EU collectively, Slovenia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Croatia is actively seeking inward investment.

Tourism in Croatia

Before the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia the Adriatic coastline of what is now Croatia had a thriving tourist industry, which was appealed to the rich from Western Europe and the powerful from Eastern Europe, in particular Moscow.

The troubles in The Balkans in the early nineties and the Serbian attacks on Dubrovnik severely damaged this industry.

Though the situation is Croatia has stabilsed in the recent years, euromost researchers on a visit to Dubrovnik were surprised how quiet this beautiful city tourist destination is – after all it is the Jewel in the crown of the Aegean. . Recently the number of airlines flying to Dubrovnik has increased significantly.

Recent Croatia History

Following WW1 the territory of Croatia was incorporated as part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats & Slovenes. In 1929 it was renamed Yugoslavia. In 1945 it was taken over by a pro communist Marshall Tito who remained in power until he died 35 years later.

Throughout his time in power he cleverly and pragmatically balanced Yugoslavia’s political and military position between the main players in the cold war whilst maintaining peace in a country with very diverse ethnic groups. After his death a power vacuum ensued which slowly facilitated the disintegration of the State of Yugoslavia and the subsequent Balkan Conflicts in the early 1990s.

Croatia declared its independence in December 1991. In May 1995 Croatia recaptured Western Slavonia from Serbian occupation. Further military action by Croatia in August 1995 in neighbouring Serbian controlled Krajina resulted in Croatia recapturing most of the land which it claimed that the Serbians had illegally occupied. During these two operations some Croatian forces were alleged to have violated human rights. These and other issues have delayed the processing of the Croatian authorities EU application.

Travelling In Croatia

Landmine’s in Croatia

Though all of cities towns and main roads have been cleared of landmine’s isolated places in the mountains and rural areas may still have unidentified landmines. If you are in the areas you should seek the advice of a local guide and avoid walking off pathways and the road. Areas that are considered the most dangerous are the Danube region (Eastern Slavonia) and former Krajina.

Road Travel in Croatia

Generally individual EU & UK driving licences can be used for stays of up to six months in Croatia.   After six months a Croatian licence is necessary. An ‘international driving licence’ is not recognised in Croatia.

Green card insurance must specify ‘Croatia’ on your cover note. It is possible to purchase insurance at most major border crossing points but not all. Few of the smaller border crossings offer this facility. .

Before driving to or through Bosnia Herzegovina, including the Dalmatian Coastal road at Neum ensure that your Green Card covers you for Bosnia and Herzegovina.  If it does not temporary third-party insurance has to be purchased at the border crossings. It can also be purchased in Split and other Croatian cities. Insurance cannot be purchased on the Neum border.

Croatian roads especially in heavily populated areas are usually well maintained and sufficiently well lit. In other areas roads are not as good and rarely lit.

It is illegal to drive in Croatia if you are using a mobile form or have any alcohol in your blood. When driving headlights must be dipped and fluorescent warning vests must be carried inside the car and not the boot. These vests must be worn when you are outside the car whether you have broken down or simply changing a tyre.

Indigenous drivers at times can be a little reckless with a tendency to accelerate and brake fast particularly when overtaking.

Rail Travel In Croatia

Rail travel in Croatia is only possible in the North. There are no services in the south including Dubrovnik. Petty crime is a problem on train services especially in the evening and on night services. For more information on these services and uk and international services to and from Croatia please go to our rail index.

Coach Travel In Croatia

Coach travel in croatia is extensive and dependable though services tend to respond to the demand for services rather than at regular intervals. This means that some areas or quiet airports are served at specific times rather than every hour etc. Please see this link: UK & European Coach services to and from & in Croatia

Private Yachts & Other Forms Of Sea Travel

In Croatia it is now illegal to drink any alcohol and sail a yacht or any other boat. Boat owners or the person in charge of the boat should be aware that boats are only legally permitted to sail into a ‘designated harbour or port’. You must establish whether a place you are planning to land at or sail into has this status. If it is not you must ask the ‘harbour master’ for permission to enter. Failure to comply with either the alcohol or port entry rules can and (increasingly) will result in your being arrested an subject to very severe fines.

Emergency Healthcare Croatia

Some countries including the UK have a free of charge arrangement for emergency healthcare. However this care is very limited on the islands and in remote areas. Private treatment is available but advance payments for this may be required.

Croatia Passport Regulations

When you enter Croatia you passport must be valid for at least three months even if you are only staying a day. If you are staying more than three months it must valid for the entire period of your stay.

Visitors Must Register With Police On Arrival

Unless you are staying staying at a hotel or other official tourist accommodation, all foreign visitors must register within 24 hours of arriving must register with the local police*.

If you are staying ar a private apartment check with the owner if they are registering you. Failure to register can result in your being fined or deported from Croatia. Either occurence may mean you cannot re-enter the country in the future.

*Visitors to Zagreb must register at the Police Station at Petrinjska 30. see also Consulate Information links

Real Estate and Property Agents in Croatia

Cautionary Note:

EU citizens and companies have the rights to acquire land in Croatia.   Whilst most property brokers are above board some organised fraudsters do operate. You are advised to take advice from an established agency in your home country and independent legal advice from a qualified, property lawyer, before making a deposit or purchase.

Related Links

European & Southern Europe rail services to and from Croatia

Croatia National Weather Guide Details: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/country_guides/results.shtml?tt=TT005250

Croatia National Tourist Board Information: http://www.croatia.hr/

 

 

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