Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia. Zagreb's transport connections, concentration of industry, scientific and research institutions and industrial tradition underlie its leading economic position in Croatia. Croatia is in South Eastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea, between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia. The climate is mediterranean and continental with hot summers and cold winters inland and mild winters and dry summers along coast. The official language is Croatian. It is a Slavic language and used for official matters. It is similar to Serbian, but is written in the Latin script. Young and business people speak English and German, while Italian is commonly understood on the Istrian peninsula and along the Adriatic coast. The main religion is Christianity. The Economy of Croatia is a service-based economy, with the service sector accounting for two thirds of the total GDP. Croatian business meetings are generally formal. Expatriate business dress is typically formal and conservative. Men generally wear a suit and tie, and women either a dress or a suit. The security risk for expatriates in Croatia is low. Risks include low levels of petty opportunistic crime, such as pickpocketing. The currency of Croatia is the Croatian Kuna (HRK). Major credit and debit cards are accepted in most banks and hotels. There are many ATMs. Medical facilities are is reasonable, however costs of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high. The population of Zagreb is 1.1 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 1.4% (Nov 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Zagreb, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Zagreb as at 1 January 2018 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Low 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Very Low 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Very Low 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Average Zagreb is for example -11.2% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, 41.1% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 13.8% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Zagreb for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Zagreb) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Zagreb is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Zagreb? Register subscribe to your home location and Zagreb and run your personalised reports.