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22 Oct 2017

Croatia is an amazing country that everyone should visit at some point in life. If you feel tired of the climate, accommodation, and cost of living in your country – then it might be an excellent idea to move to another part of the world! I lived in the Croatian capital Zagreb for a little more than a month, and I must say that I really enjoyed it! Croatia offers a pleasant climate, delicious food, cheaper cost of living and excellent accommodation!  There’s much to do in the country that ranges from hiking in the beautiful nature to relaxing on beautiful beaches – Croatia offers everything and more for those who want to settle in the country!

It’s an ideal place for those who love to travel - If you like to explore and go on adventures on the weekends, then it’s ideal to live in Croatia. The country’s different regions and cities are only a short drive away and can be reached in only a few hours. Not only is it easy to get to all corners of Croatia, but it is also a perfect country for exploring nearby countries.It takes about 4 hours to drive from Zagreb to Vienna in Austria and about a 10 hours drive by car to Berlin in Germany. If you want to go for a romantic weekend – then catch the ferry from Rovinj and head to Venice in just 4 hours.

The Culture - Croatia is a country that’s rich in history. Here the history goes back to ancient times and offers great medieval towns, Greek and Roman colonies, churches and much more for you to explore. Not only that, but Croatia is also home to seven World Heritage Sites, 11 nature parks, two nature reserves and several lovely film, wine, art and food festivals where you can experience the Croatian culture.

The Food - The food in Croatia is super delicious. It doesn’t matter what part of the country that you’re living in Croatia – Croatian food will satisfy all needs. Did I forget to mention that the food is quite cheap as well?

The Climate- The climate in Croatia is quite perfect, and it’s one of the biggest benefits of living in Croatia. This country offers a city or an area that meets most people’s needs. Northern and eastern Croatia has a continental climate with hot summers and cold, snowy winters. Upland areas offer an alpine environment where you can enjoy the snow from autumn to spring.The coast is one of the most popular areas to settle in Croatia. Along with Croatia’s coastal towns, one can enjoy a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters – which is perfect for those who want to escape the cold and snowy winters.

The Locals - If there’s something that you notice while living in Croatia for a longer period – is that how friendly the locals are. Not only are the locals kind, funny, and helpful – but they also know how to enjoy life (which is something that more people should learn).

The Landscapes & Nature - Something that makes me long to return to Croatia is for the country’s stunning landscapes and nature. From beautiful mountains to crystal clear waters – Croatia has it all! Beautiful lush landscapes, fields of yellow sunflowers and amazing national parks such as Plitvice and Krka will make your time in Croatia unforgettable! Europe has invented a “Convergence Machine”. Much as the United States takes in poor people and transforms them into high income households, the EU has welcomed poor countries and helped them become high-income economies.  This is perhaps the most remarkable achievement of Europe’s growth model.  While it is not easy to identify a single ‘European growth model’ given Europe’s diversity, there seems to exist a common approach to economic growth and social progress involving policies and institutions that govern trade and finance, enterprise and innovation, and labor and government. Guided by the findings of the World Bank report, “Golden Growth: Restoring the Lustre of the European Economic Model”, this note assesses Croatia’s readiness to make the most out of the opportunity of EU membership.  To do this, we compare Croatia with other small, emerging European economies: the Czech Republic and Slovakia, both had the same average income level in 2004 when they entered the EU as Croatia today—US$16,000 in PPP terms; Estonia, a country that now has the same income as Croatia; and Slovenia, the only other former Yugoslav republic to enter the EU. The question is: how does Croatia compare to these countries now and relative to when they entered the EU?

Croatia had been steadily converging with the EU in income and living standards. Between 1998 and 2008, Croatia doubled its GDP per capita, reaching more than 64% of the EU’s average on a purchasing power parity basis. However, since the 2008 financial crisis, Croatia has seen its convergence gap widen by some 3% as its economy has been in recession for much of the last three years. As Croatia prepares to enter the European Union in 2013, the challenge is to reverse the recent trend and to resume convergence.  In this respect, our overriding concern about Croatia is its timid approach to structural reforms. In almost all areas of the European growth model, Croatia needs to improve if it is to benefit fully from EU membership. Like many countries in Europe, Croatia is best placed in its trade and finance integration, but needs to do much more on business and innovation, and most of all in labor and government.

What are Croatia’s strengths? One is trade.  Trade, the first leg of the convergence machine, has been instrumental to Croatia’s growth. Europe’s rich and poorer economies are more integrated through trade in goods and services than in any other part of the world, resulting in quicker convergence in incomes and living standards. During the last two decades, the new member states of the EU have done especially well at taking advantage of the trade opportunities, integrating westward by trading goods and modern services. Croatia is no exception, and Croatia has clearly benefited from this integration. It has even expanded its trade beyond the EU15, developing new markets. Another is finance.  Financial integration is the second leg of the convergence machine. In Europe, capital behaves the way it should: it flows from richer to poorer economies, and countries receiving more capital tend to grow faster. Finance has served Europe well. The empirical evidence suggests that these capital flows supported growth among the EU12 countries. A key driver of these capital flows was financial FDI—big investments by Austrian, French, Italian, and Swedish banks in Central and Eastern Europe. Countries in emerging Europe have taken European financial integration to a new level. Croatia has benefitted from these flows, with as much capital flowing into equity to support investment as to debt to fuel consumption. 

There are countless reasons why potential expats are interested in moving to Croatia, and one of the nation’s primary draws is its many islands. Croatia has an incredible 1,185 islands, 66 of which are inhabited. The biggest is Krk, the longest is Hvar, the highest is Brac, and the most wooded is Mljet. Locals claim Odysseus spent seven years here. The most beautiful? Well, you’ll have to make your own mind up about that. As to what destination you should be considering for your move to Croatia, a lot depends on both your budget and your reasons for moving. If you’re seeking a permanent home or a vacation property for yourself, the only real factor that comes into play is choosing the part of the country that appeals to you most.  In order to obtain the EU CITIZENSHIP through Croatia -  The Law on Croatian Citizenship («Narodne novine» ) ("The Official Gazette", No. 53/91, 70/91, 28/92, 113/93; Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia as of 4/94), regulates the acquisition of Croatian citizenship, conditions for its acquisition and its termination.


Croatian citizenship can be acquired:

- By the origin of the person;

- By birth in the Croatian territory;

-  Naturalization;

-  According to international treaties.

Request for Croatian citizenship can be made at the police department or the police station and can also be submitted via diplomatic missions, i.e. consular offices of the Republic of Croatia abroad. The procedure on acquiring Croatian citizenship is made by the Ministry of Interior and the decision on the acquisition of Croatian citizenship is made by the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Croatia.

TERMINATION OF CROATIAN CITIZENSHIP, Croatian citizenship terminates: By official withdrawal of citizenship by the Republic of Croatia; By voluntary relinquishing Croat citizenship

According to international treaties. Request for the termination of Croatian citizenship can be made at the police department or the police station and can be also submitted through diplomatic missions, i.e. consular offices of the Republic of Croatia abroad. The procedure on terminating Croatian citizenship is made by the Ministry of Interior and the decision on the termination of Croatian citizenship is made by the Minister of Interior.

DETERMINATION OF CROATIAN CITIZENSHIP - A request for the determination of Croatian citizenship can be made by eligible persons who are not registered in the books of Croatian nationals-- according to regulations stipulated by the Law on Croatian Citizenship -- on the date when that Law entered into force. The fulfillment of legal requirements for the subsequent registration in the Registrar of Croat nationals shall be determined in accordance with regulations in force at the time of the applicant’s birth.  Request for the determination of Croatian citizenship shall be made at the police department or the police station, and can be submitted through diplomatic missions, i.e. consular offices of the Republic of Croatia abroad.

1. In accordance with Article 5 of the Law on Croatian Citizenship, a child of Croatian origin, born abroad, becomes a Croat citizen if either one of his parents at the time of his/her birth is a Croatian citizen, and who until the age of 18 is registered as a Croat citizen with the relevant judicial body of the Republic of Croatia abroad, or in the Republic of Croatia, or for that matter resides in the Republic of Croatia. If either one of his parents at his/her birth has Croatian citizenship, this requirement, in accordance with Article 5, is therefore fulfilled. In this case a parent submits a request for subsequent registration of his/her child in the Registrar of Births and the Book of Nationals of the Republic of Croatia. The procedure of subsequent registration of the child in the Registrar of Births and Citizens can be done at the nearest diplomatic mission, i.e.  consular offices of the Republic of Croatia abroad. This procedure can be done in person at the relevant Registrar’s office in the Republic of Croatia. When the application for the registration of a child in the Book of Citizenship and Births is made, other than a parent's birth certificate and his/ her passport, a child's birth certificate is also required -- issued in accordance with international treaties and conventions, and not being older than six months.

In accordance with Article 13 of the Ordinance regarding forms and regulations of the record keeping of Croatian Citizenship (The Official Gazette No. 54/91, 3/92, 149/02 and 146/09), a child born abroad, when acquiring Croatian citizenship by his/her Croat origin, is registered at the Registrar's Office, and this according to the place of residence of the child and in case he/she has a permanent residence address in the Republic of Croatia.  A child born abroad with no permanent residence in the Republic of Croatia is registered at the Registrar's of Citizens maintained by the Registrar’s Office, according to the place of parents’ last residence address. If parents have a different residence address in the Republic of Croatia, the child is then registered in the Citizenship Registrar according to the place of residence of a parent who registered the child.  If a child cannot register in the Citizens Registrar, according to the above items and pursuant to Article 13, then he is registered in the Citizens Registrar of the City of Zagreb.

2. Article 8 of The Law on Croatian Citizenship stipulates that by naturalization a person can acquire Croatian citizenship if he previously submitted  his application for Croatian citizenship and if he /she meets the following requirements:

- He/she is 18 years of age and able to exercise his professional skills;

- Upon release from foreign citizenship or the presentation therefor if he/she is admitted to Croatian citizenship;  until the day of the application for Croat citizenship he  was registered with permanent residence of  least five years of continuous residence in Croatian territory;

-  knowledge of the Croatian language and Latin script;

-  his behavior indicating respect for laws and customs of the Republic of  Croatia and acceptance of Croatian culture;

An alien (foreigner), when submitting his application for Croat citizenship at the time when          he has not yet received the written release from foreign citizenship, or cannot present evidence thereof, if he/she is scheduled to be granted Croat citizenship, may be issued a “voucher” ( guarantee)  of admission to Croatian citizenship, if he/she meets the other above-mentioned judicial requirements. The voucher (guarantee) is issued for the duration of two years.

3.  Article 10 of the Law on Croatian Citizenship stipulates that an alien ( foreigner)  married to a Croatian citizen and granted a permanent residence in the Republic of Croatian, can acquire by naturalization Croatian citizenship although he/she may not be meeting the requirements of Article 8, Paragraph 1 Item 1 to 4 of the Law on Croat Citizenship. After marrying a Croatian citizen an alien (foreigner),  may obtain temporary residence in the Republic of Croatia for the purpose of family reunification, and in accordance with the provisions of Article 51, Paragraph 1 Item on “The Aliens Act” ("The Official Gazette" No. 79/07),  Article 48 Paragraph 1. The “Aliens Act”, and Article 12 the Amendments on the Law on Foreigners ("The Official Gazette" No. 36/09) stipulates that the application for the granting of the temporary residence for the purpose of family reunification with a Croatian citizen can be submitted at diplomatic mission or a consular office of the Republic of Croatia, but  can also be submitted at the police department or the police station in Croatia. In accordance with Article 78 of the Law on Citizenship, a permanent residence status may be granted to an alien (foreigner) who, at the time of submitting the application, had received  a 5 year temporary residence status. It is believed that the alien (foreigner) is a person who   has continuously resided  in the Republic of Croatia, and if within the period of 5 years he was outside the country  of Croatia on several occasions but no longer than  10 months combined, or only once not  exceeding 6 months of absence. Starting with the date of his application for permanent residence status, until the day of the decision on his application, the alien (foreigner) must possess a temporary residence permit in the Republic of Croatia. Upon the approval of permanent residence status in the Republic of Croatia, the alien ( foreigner) may apply for admission to Croatian citizenship in accordance with the provisions stipulated in Article 10 of the Law on Croatian citizenship.

4. Article 11 of the Law on Croatian Citizenship stipulates that a Croatian immigrant (expatriate) and his descendants are entitled to the acquisition of  Croatian citizenship by naturalization, although he/she may not fulfill the requirements of Article 8,  Paragraph 1 of the  Law of Croat Citizenship. The Paragraph 3 the of the Article stipulates that an immigrant (expatriate) is person who emigrated from Croatia in order to establish himself permanently abroad.

5.  According to Article 16 of the Law on Croatian citizenships a member of the Croatian people not residing in the Republic of Croatia, can acquire Croatian citizenship if he/she meets the requirements stipulated  in  Article 8 Paragraph 1 Item 5 of the Law on Croat Citizenship and makes  the written statement that he is henceforth  to be considered a Croatian citizen (with all due physical evidence of his personal and national declaration in all judicial transactions – along with the certified copy of his work permit, military record, school certificate, certificate from the birth register,  marriage certificate, etc., or the original of the same in case his ethnicity is entered therein).

6.  The Republic of Croatia recognizes dual citizenship.  However, Article 2 of the Law on Croatian Citizenship regulates the exclusivity of Croatian citizenship. This means that a Croatian citizen, who in addition to Croat citizenship holds some other citizenship, is considered exclusively a Croatian citizen in terms of his rights and obligations and is equal to other  Croat citizens before the authorities of the Republic of Croatia.

7.  Information about the stage of his application for Croat citizenship can be obtained weekdays by phone on 00385 - 01/3788 589 (Monday through Friday) from 10 am to 12am.

8.  For  the delivery and pick up of his  citizenship certificate, after having been admitted to  Croatian citizenship, a person must address his demand at (Gradski ured/ Odsjek za poslove središnjih evidencija hrvatskih državljana (City Administration Office/ Central Department of  the Record keeping for Croatian Nationals), 10000 Zagreb, Croatia, Stjepan Radic,  and for those not born in Croatia and not residing in  the Croatian territory, at:  Regional Office Center, Ilica 25, 10000 Zagreb (information is available by phone: 385 -01/6101 544 or 01 -6101 -564. If a person was born in the Croatian territory, the certificate of citizenship can be obtained at The Registrar's office according to the place of his birth.

Things to Consider Before Moving to Croatia - Customs regulations allow foreigners to import used household goods and personal effects (except for cars) duty free. The goods must have been owned by you for more than 12 months. When shipping to Croatia, you will need the following documentation:

* Passport copy with entry stamp

* Certificate of residence

* Work or business permit, if applicable

* Inventory


The facts that were included were just few out of many!!!

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