Quick facts:
Population
4,190,669
(2016)
Zagreb
Capital
Geographical size
56,594 km2
GDP
€ 45.818 billion
(2016)
Official EU language(s)
Croatian
Currency
Croatian Kuna
HRK


Culture & Living

Croatia is a beautiful and diverse country. In recent years it has become one of the most popular countries among students looking to study abroad. And it's easy to understand why. Located in between western and eastern worlds, Croatia presents a wonderful mix of cultures. Throughout the country, you will find amazing food, breathtaking landscapes and wonderful historic architecture.



The People of Croatia

Whether you are just visiting or considering studying abroad in Croatia, you will feel safe. Croatia is widely considered to be one of the safest countries in the world. According to the 2020 Global Peace Index rankings, Croatia ranks 26th out of 163 countries. Tourism is the strongest force within Croatian economy, which means that the country is not only extremely beautiful, but that you will have no problems communicating. According to the EF English Proficiency Index, Croatia is in the world’s Top 15 countries with high proficiency.



Cost of Living in Croatia

Compared to other European countries, Croatia is known as relatively affordable to live in. The biggest cost in Croatia is housing. However, prices are still lower than in the western countries of the European Union. Here are a couple of nominal price-points to provide context for cost of living in Zagreb and Dubrovnik:



DORMITORY PRICE
100€/MONTH
PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION
200-400€/MONTH
FOOD
150€/MONTH
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION (BUS)
30€/MONTH
BOOKS
Library available
MISCELLANEOUS
130€/MONTH
MISCELLANEOUS
The health insurance regulations for students who are foreign citizens vary based on their citizenship.



Nature

Croatia has one of the most stunning coastlines in Europe. Its geographical location means you can experience totally different climates, cultures and lifestyles in the space of a few hours – you could swim in the sea in the warm sunshine in one moment and hike on snow covered mountain tops on the same day



Land of Knowledge

Many Croatian innovators and scientists are known outside Croatia, such as Nikola Tesla, Slavoljub Penkala, or Franjo Hanaman. Also, a large number of lesser-known innovators receive awards and medals at various world innovation fairs each year. Every year, The Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship, and Crafts is investing more and more money in new patents in Croatia. One of the best examples of success in Croatia is Mate Rimac, an entrepreneur and founder of the Croatian car company Rimac Automobili.



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