A booming destination with a rapidly growing number of visitors and immigrants. Being the sunniest country in Europe makes it an attractive tourist destination, but the ancient cities full of character and beautiful coastlines with clear blue waters give the country all the ingredients to grow into a popular place to live.
Not just the weather is sunny, Croatians are known for their cheerful character and because most young people speak English, communication isn’t as challenging as in other places. Protected nature parks, national parks and nature reserves make up about 11% of the country and the oldest city in Europe, which is over 8000 years old, can be found in Croatia.
Business in Croatia is formal but will become more informal as relationships develop. Croatians appreciate directness, but are diplomatic at the same time. Small talk at the beginning of a meeting is custom and skipping the chat is considered rude.
Croatia joined the European Union in 2013 and is currently in its transitional period. Immigrants from most EEA countries can live and work in Croatia without obtaining a work permit now, with the exception of Austria, Malta, the Netherlands, Slovenia and the United Kingdom. From June 2018 people from these countries won’t need a work permit anymore.
Expats from other countries do need a work permit and residence card and an employment offer is needed to apply. The residency card generally allows you to stay in the country for two years and once you have one, you can apply for a work permit. It takes about six weeks to process the residency application and getting a work permit can be arranged within 30 days.
Here are some of the ways to live in Croatia:
Through your Family:
Youth Mobility Visa:
Here are some of the ways to get citizenship in Croatia:
The passport for Croatia allows you to travel to 149 countries without a visa.
Its global rank is 42.