moving to Croatia

Croatia’s popularity keeps growing each year, and it has become a home for a great number of digital nomads and other foreigners. It is a beautiful country with a specific vibe, and if you want to live in a piece of paradise, it’s the destination for you!

But, before relocating to Croatia there are a few things you should keep in mind so continue reading this article to find out what exactly.

Picking a location in Croatia

Before moving to Croatia, think about where you want to live exactly. Do you want to live in the capital, where the tempo is quite busy, or are you more fond of a slower pace which is characteristic of Dalmatia?

Differences based on the location

There are a lot of differences in each part of Croatia so make sure you do your research about the people, habits and atmosphere, so you will make sure it will suit your current lifestyle.

Rental prices

Once you’ve decided on a location, you need to find accommodation. The prices will differ depending on the city and the proximity of the town centre, but there are always apartments and houses available, which is good. 

Getting an apartment in the capital city Zagreb should cost you around 2500-3500 kn if you want to live alone in an apartment. But keep in mind, the more you pay for, the nicer the place will be. 

If you want to live in a more luxurious house setting, you can view villas in Makarska and other parts of Croatia on this link.

When looking for a place to stay, always make sure it’s available all year long, because a lot of listings are unavailable during the summer season.

Slow bureaucracy

One downside of Croatia is the speed of their bureaucracy. Whatever plans you have, take into consideration that they might get slowed down with all the paperwork you will need to do before moving.

Having a local friend will help a lot, but if you are coming by yourself, don’t be discouraged by this, the bureaucracy is slow but that doesn’t make the relocation impossible. Try finding online forums or groups where people share their experiences, and ask for help if you need it.

It is a safe country

Croatia is one of the safest countries in the world, so it’s safe for you and anyone you want to move in with. 

It is a great country to raise a family as kids are safe playing alone in the streets, and Croatia has been voted as the number 1 country in the world when it comes to the length of maternity leave.

Also, the public schools are great, and crime rates are some of the lowest in Europe. Whether you decide to move there alone or with a spouse, you’ll be safe and content.

Finding a job might be tricky

Croatia is not for you if you are freshly out of college and aspiring to make a career in your field. It might take a long time before you find a job that you want, and even though the cost of living is low, so is the average salary.

This is quite an issue in the country, so before relocation, try to find a job online. There are seasonal opportunities during the coastline, and the IT sector is majorly located in Zagreb, the capital of the country.

Learn the language

Croatians speak English on a good overall level, but it’s always better to learn the local language so you won’t have any barriers with the locals. Croatian is quite complex so you’d have to start learning before you relocate to know the basics once you arrive.

You will open many doors by knowing the language, and meet many more opportunities.

Living in Croatia – Pros and Cons

Let’s end this article by listing the pros and cons of living in the country, so you can decide if it is a place for you or not. 

Pros of living in Croatia

  • The lifestyle is relaxed and the environment is amazing. There are many natural gems you can visit wherever you go in the country
  • The food is healthy and the climate is mild. Living here will fill up your body and soul.
  • Croatia is close to many European countries so you can easily travel.
  • Locals are quite friendly and helpful. You won’t feel like an alien, but you will be accepted as an equal. 

Cons of living in Croatia 

  • Finding a job is harder than in other European countries and the economic climate is tough.
  • The cost of living, if you have an average Croatian salary, is quite high, unless you have savings or work for a foreign company.
  • Slow bureaucracy makes relocating harder.

We hope this article has been helpful, and if you decide to move abroad to Croatia, make sure to do your research and learn the basics of the language, as it will make your life much easier.

If you enjoyed reading this blog post on Thinking about moving to Croatia? Here are what you should know, make sure to check out our post on Seven Things That Change When You Move to Another Country for more great tips!

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