Croatia Country Profile

Passport Ranking
40/198
Passport Score
169.7
Visa-free Countries
150
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Region
Europe
Capital City
Zagreb

Largest City
Zagreb
Currency
Croatian kuna

Languages
Croatian
Population
3.9 million

Life Expectancy
77.2 years
GDP (nominal)
$69.4 billion

GDP/Capita
$17,842
Cost of Living
Climate
Safety
Pollution
English Proficiency
Inexpensive (3/7)
Comfortable (2/5)
The Safest (1/7)
Very clean (1/5)
High (2/5)

Taxation Type: Residence-based

Sovereign Research's take:

Croatia is part of the European Economic Area (EEA), allowing its citizens to live and work in any other EEA country, plus Switzerland. (The EEA consists of 27 European Union countries plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.)
If you're a fan of Game of Thrones, HBO’s popular series, then you’re likely a fan of Croatia.

The show famously features King’s Landing in Dubrovnik. Further north along the Croatian coast lies Split, home to the 1700-year old Diocletian’s Palace, and the Klis Fortress, both locations that feature in the series as well. 

Dubrovnik and Split are typical Croatian coastal towns. The coastline is just spectacular, and these little towns are incredibly well preserved. In fact, we would argue that Croatia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

It is also relatively inexpensive. All of this makes Croatia a nice place to visit, and a lovely place to live. (Refer to the case study we did on an American expat happily living in Croatia.) 

If you can find pockets where English is widely spoken, spending time in Croatia can work fantastically well for you, too. And fortunately, spending longer periods of time in Croatia is not as hard as it used to be. 

The country has introduced a Digital Nomad Visa, which allows you to spend up to 12 months there without having to pay taxes on your earned income.

For business and economic opportunities, however, Croatia puts up some major barriers. There’s still plenty of corruption and red tape. Navigating through government bureaucracy can be extremely hard, especially if you do not speak Croatian.

Keep this in mind if you plan to start a local business there, for example. .

Service Providers available in Croatia in Sovereign Research's Rolodex:

  • Immigration (residency, citizenship)
  • Full relocation services (real estate search, bank account opening, driver's licence, etc.)
  • Tax advice (attorneys and/or accountants)
  • Corporate services (company formation, etc.)
  • Real Estate (agents, lawyers)
  • Banking contact
  • Citizenship by Ancestry
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