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Living in Croatia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Mar 04, 2024

Summary: The approximate population of Croatia is 4.2 million people. The largest cities in Croatia are Zagreb (the capital), Split, Rijeka, and Osijek. Expats love living in Croatia for its stunning natural beauty, its rich culture, and its friendly people. Life in Croatia is described as relaxed and laid-back, with a strong emphasis on family and community. Popular foods in Croatia include seafood, pasta, and grilled meats. Popular dishes include sarma (stuffed cabbage rolls), strukli (cheese-filled pastry), and crni rizot (black risotto). The cons of living in Croatia include the high cost of living, the lack of job opportunities, and the language barrier. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 per month. This includes rent, utilities, groceries, and other expenses.

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What do I need to know about living in Croatia?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Croatia, they said:

"1. Expats should research the cost of living in Croatia to ensure they can afford to retire there. 2. It is important to understand the healthcare system in Croatia and to make sure that expats have adequate health insurance coverage. 3. Expats should also familiarize themselves with the local laws and regulations, as well as the tax system. 4. It is also important to research the job market in Croatia to ensure that there are opportunities for expats to find work if needed. 5. Expats should also consider the language barrier and make sure they are comfortable with the local language. 6. Finally, expats should research the cultural norms and customs of Croatia to ensure they are prepared to live in the country," remarked one expat living in Croatia.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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