Croatia Overview

Croatia, a relatively small country, has a spectacular 6,278 km coastline on the Adriatic Sea with more than 1,100 islands, of which only 66 are inhabited. This coast is considered to be the most beautiful in Europe with innumerable bays, inlets, coves and beaches. There are also many historic places such as Pula, Trogir, Split, Hvar, Korcula, and Dubrovnik. On the Adriatic coast alone, there are six historic places which are listed as World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

Croatia enjoys three different climates: The coast has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with a high number of days of sunshine per year. Summers are hot and dry and winters are mild and wet. Most islands receive more than 2,600 hours of sun a year. Temperatures drop slightly as you move inland, where the climate is continental and moderate.

Croatia is divided between the Latin-influenced coast and an interior which is more Central European. The official language is Croatian, although English is spoken widely, particularly in larger cities. The capital is Zagreb with almost 800,000 inhabitants.

Croatia is established as a parliamentary democracy and guarantees the right and inviolability of private property. Also, rights acquired through capital investment are constitutionally guaranteed. Free transfer and repatriation of profits and capital are guaranteed to foreign investors. Asset forfeiture is possible only following a final court decision.

Croatia declared independence in 1991, and in 1992 became a full member of the United Nations. On July 1, 2013 Croatia became a 28th full member of the European Union, which opened up new opportunities for entrepreneurs in areas including trade, investment, and financial flows.

Since 1998, Croatia has seen a steady growth of tourist visits and overnight stays. Croatia had an increase of 35% in tourist arrivals between 2010-2015. 14.3 million tourists visited Croatia in 2015, and the number is expected to continue to increase.

Some of the many advantages of Croatia include:

  • Most beautiful coastline in Europe with unspoiled nature, rich culture and mild Mediterranean climate
  • Full Member of European Union
  • New investment tax incentives with possibility of 0% profit tax (Investments Incentives Law)


To establish yourself or your business in Croatia will require securing relationships with key stakeholders such as government officials, bankers and corporate professionals. You need experienced consultants to build a network of contacts and help you to become established in your new environment.

The specialized services of Henley & Partners are a resource and complement to major law and consulting firms. We can help other firms and their clients with the unique and specific details required by the business relocation process and related tax planning.

Further Information

Through its well-established Croatian office in Split, on the Dalmatian coast, Henley & Partners assist foreign individuals in real estate purchase transactions, real estate structuring, and advise on all aspects of investing and doing business in Croatia. Please contact us for more information or to arrange for an initial personal consultation.

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