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Zagreb, Croatia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Zagreb, Croatia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Zagreb?

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

"Before moving to Zagreb, expats should know that the official language is Croatian, and while English is commonly spoken, especially among younger generations, it is beneficial to learn some basic Croatian phrases. The currency used in Croatia is the Croatian Kuna, not the Euro. The cost of living in Zagreb is generally lower than in many Western European cities, but salaries are also typically lower. Zagreb has a continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters, so expats should pack a variety of clothing. The city is known for its safety and low crime rates, but like any other city, it's important to be cautious and aware of your surroundings. Healthcare in Croatia is of a high standard, with both public and private options available. Expats working in Croatia will typically be entitled to state healthcare, but many choose to take out private health insurance for more comprehensive coverage. Croatian cuisine is diverse and delicious, with a mix of Mediterranean and Central European influences. The city has a vibrant nightlife, with numerous bars, clubs, and restaurants. Zagreb is a city rich in history and culture, with many museums, galleries, and historical sites to explore. Public transportation in Zagreb is reliable and extensive, consisting of trams, buses, and trains. Expats should also be aware that Croatia has a unique business culture. Punctuality is highly valued, and business meetings are usually formal. Finally, it's important to note that obtaining a visa or work permit can be a lengthy process, so it's advisable to start this process well in advance of your planned move," wrote a member in Zagreb.

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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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