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What should I expect when moving to Croatia?

Written by  The Dubrovnik Times Feb 02, 2023

A lot of people are always looking for new adventures. Going from one place to another, trying to find a home in a foreign land, and finding their identity in a faraway place. One of the rising places right now is Croatia.

Throughout most of the country, including its islands, the pace of life is significantly slower than in other European countries. Sailboats are gliding on the glistening Adriatic Sea, and people sip coffee while inhaling the scents of lavender and rosemary on promenades lined with palm trees.


Croatia's appeal as a place to visit has risen over the past decade, but the country still needs to be considered a top choice for tourists. Something that might attract you if you want to live a low-key lifestyle. Although most ex-pats in Croatia are only here for a short time, the country is increasingly being seen as a permanent home. Here's a quick rundown of some of the basics to know if you're contemplating moving to Croatia.


While not an insurmountable problem, the lack of access to modern conveniences such as package delivery and internet orders may be inconvenient or aggravating. If you ever decide to relocate, delivery services such as might be a huge help.

Healthcare Services

Having health insurance is a legal requirement in Croatia. The law mandates that all citizens and legal permanent residents purchase medical coverage. HZZO, a government agency, is Croatia's only health insurance provider. Some people have a hard time getting everything organized, but in the end, everyone makes it. Once you arrive, you'll need to make the necessary arrangements. The stakes are high now.


Some parts of Croatian culture might be unfamiliar and challenging for some visitors. For example, if you are invited to a dinner and decline repeated portions, your host may interpret this as rudeness or a sign that you didn't like the food. Remember that most Croats are Catholic and that meals often begin with grace. Religion may play a more central role in daily life, depending on who you hang out with. Although you may not place much stock in some of the local beliefs, the nearby people may.

Language and Communication

The difficulty you have communicating in Croatia will depend on your specific location. Numerous locals and visitors alike will find that English is widely spoken throughout the country's urban centers and most visited areas. However, knowing Croatian will serve you well out in the country. Don't forget that many foreigners find it challenging to master the language.

Administration of laws

You should anticipate that the Croatian bureaucracy will hinder the progress of your relocation preparations. Due to the many quirks in a system that is fewer than a hundred years old, it may appear hard to relocate to this nation. Don't give up hope.

In reality, only around half of Croatia's laws are actively implemented, even though there are many more on the books. These guidelines are often twisted or even disregarded, depending on which one you ask about in what department and what city.


Final Words

Croatian life isn't right for everyone. In those times when it seems like nothing can go right, you need bravery, trust, and a good supply of rakija. The effort is worthwhile, however, for those who are prepared to put in the time.


The Voice of Dubrovnik


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