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Croatia: FAQ

With a Human Development Index of 0.85, Croatia has a very developed economy and a beautiful climate to go with it. A lot of expats and foreigners traveling to the country have lots of questions on how things work in Croatia before they travel to the country.

In this guide, we will answer some of the most popular questions asked by tourists, nomads, and foreigners visiting Croatia for the first time.

By the end of this guide, you should know everything you need for an ex-pat visiting this European country for the first time.

How do I say hello in Croatian?

As a Slavic country, Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia share a very similar language. Knowing how to say a word as simple as “Hello” or “Goodbye” will allow you to make friends more easily and will even make you and the locals enjoy a good laugh.

Zdravo is the Croatian word for hello, hi, bye, howdy, and goodbye. Alternatively, you can use words like “Halo” or “Bok” to greet the locals.

Here are other helpful greetings that you can easily learn.


  • Hello – Bok
  • Good morning – Dobro jutro
  • Good day – Dobar dan
  • Good evening – Dobra večer
  • Goodbye – Dovidenja


A simple handshake accompanied by the phrase “dobro jutro”, “dobar dan”, or “dobra veče” can help grab the attention of any resident.

Even if you can manage to say Hello in Croatian, the state recognizes the following languages: Czech, German, Hebrew, Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Macedonian, Slovak, Slovenian, Turkish, Montenegrin, Polish, Rusyn, Serbian, and Ukrainian.

Is Croatia a good place for a honeymoon?

With more than 700 islands, breathtaking beaches, alluring sunsets, and palm-fringed ports, Croatia is one of the best places for newlyweds, honeymoon, and has never been short on romance.

When it comes to Mediterranean romance, Dubrovnik is our preferred destination. It is a breathtaking city with lots of amazing people, breathtaking landscapes, romantic scenery, and the most wonderful climate.

aerial photography of houses and dome building near sea at golden hour

What is Croatia famous for?

Croatia is famous for its great-tasting meals and cuisines. The barbecue here is divine. If you are vegan, there are also lots of great-tasting meals and snacks available in the country.

Croatia is also home to the Dalmatians, one of the most popular dog breeds on Earth.

With a 3,900 mile-long coastline, and over 1,200 islands and islets, Croatia has plenty of turquoise waters and tantalizing beaches that are a major draw to the country. But it has a lot more to offer than just the sun and sea.

You should also know that this European country has the highest number of UNESCO Intangible Goods in all of Europe.

Over 10% of the country comprises eleven nature parks, eight national parks, and two nature reserves.

There are also other exotic landmarks across the state, including eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 13 mountain chains, centuries-old castles and fortresses, medieval hilltop towns that can only be found in Croatia.

How good is the quality of education in Croatia?

The quality of education has improved since primary education became compulsory. The literacy rate currently at 98.1% and more than 85% of the student completed grade school.

Compulsory education is free of charge as stipulated by law and available to all, under equal conditions. The Croatian academic system provides quality education services from pre-school to tertiary institutions.

This service is managed by the Ministry of Science, Education, and Sports (MSES) and other agencies and national public bodies like the Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes, National Center for External Evaluation of Education, Education and Teacher Training Agency, Agency for Vocational Education and Training, and the Agency for Science and Higher Education.

What is a good salary in Croatia?

The minimum salary and average wage in this European country have gone up slowly but steadily. An employee working in this EU country can earn as high as 66,300 HRK or as low as 4,750 HRK per month.

The average salary in Croatia is around 14,800 HRK per month [salaries vary between different careers and positions].

Large and popular cities like Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik are employment hotspots for expat migrating to Croatia for employment.

Is Croatia expensive for tourists?

Compared to the UK, France, Belgium, Austria, or Scandinavia, Croatia is one of the cheapest tourist-friendly countries in Europe.

Things are expensive around tourist hotspots. But overall, you can buy a healthy lunch for as low as $5.

Croatia can be expensive to people that live and work in the country, but if you are traveling from Tier 1 countries, living here is incredibly cheap by comparison.

How long does it take to be a permanent residence?

After five years of continuous residency, you can apply for a permanent residency card and even become a permanent resident of this beautiful country.

You’ll need to file your application with a valid passport, receipt of the application fee, proof of permanent income, health insurance, and social security ID to complete your application.

Since Croatia does not recognize dual citizenship, you’ll have to settle for permanent residency or relinquish any other citizenship before you can naturalize in this European country.

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