Hanne and Markus, Koh Samui and Zagreb

Who are you? We are Hanne and Markus, a Finnish couple who decided to try new things and see the world. In the summer of 2019, we sold everything (not laptops or cameras) and moved to Thailand (Koh Samui) to start a new life and to find ourselves. After a year, and because of Covid-19, … Read more

How To Open A Bank Account In Croatia

Thanks to its natural beauty and developing economy, Croatia has become an attractive option for expats looking to relocate. This article will take you through everything you need to know about opening a bank account there. What do I need to open a bank account in Croatia? Opening a bank account in Croatia is pretty … Read more

How To Learn The Language In Croatia

If you are intending to live and work in the beautiful country of Croatia, the issue of learning the local language will be one of the first things on your mind. We will take a look at the language and dialects in the country, how widespread the use of English may be, the languages most … Read more

What Quality Of Healthcare Can You Expect In Croatia?

Croatia has a large number of medical institutions, both in the public and the private sector. Healthcare itself is governed by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance. According to the Lancet’s Healthcare Access and Quality Index for 2016, out of 195 countries, Croatia is ranked at 30, one place below the USA.According … Read more

Maternity Care In Croatia: What The Options Are And How To Decide On A Birth Plan

Croatia ranks quite highly with regards to its provision of quality healthcare, so if you are an expectant expat, then you should approach maternity care there with confidence, especially if you are planning to use the private sector.Croatian mothers have increasingly been speaking out about maternity care in the public healthcare system, and we will … Read more

How To Register With The Health System In Croatia

Croatia currently has a two-tier health insurance system, which consists of both private and public cover. If you are working in the country, then the latter is compulsory, and your employer will need to register you with the HZZO (the national scheme). However, you can also take out private health insurance. This can act as … Read more

How To Keep Your Health Insurance Costs Low In Croatia

Croatia operates on a two-tier health insurance system, consisting of both public and private health cover. National health insurance, under the HZZO (the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance, also known as the CHIF), is compulsory and takes the following forms:• Obavezno zdravstveno osiguranje – public basic health insurance (mandatory)• Dopunsko zdravstveno osiguranje – public or … Read more

How To Keep Fit And Healthy In Croatia

Croatia is a beautiful country, with a rich history, a hot climate and a delectable cuisine. Whether you are living in the country or just visiting, you will find many opportunities to keep fit and well, from walking and hiking to using indoor and outdoor gyms. There are also numerous water sports available along Croatia’s … Read more

How Much Do Health Procedures Cost In Croatia?

Croatia has both a public and a private healthcare sector. If you are an expat and are working in the country, you will need to be registered with the national health insurance scheme, known as the HZZO.National health insurance is mandatory for everyone in Croatia. If you access the public system, therefore, you will be … Read more

How Does Cancer Care In Croatia Compare With The UK / USA?

Croatia, the UK and the USA all have different healthcare systems. However, each is two-tier, with public and private sector healthcare and insurance. Please read on for more information. Oncological treatment in the USA If you need to seek cancer treatment in the US, and you are not eligible for Medicare or its sister program, … Read more

Dental And Ophthalmic Care In Croatia: How To Find The Right Options For You

Public health insurance in Croatia covers basic dental care, but does not cover more sophisticated treatments, such as dental implants. The country is currently a destination for dental tourism in the private sector, however, and you may, as an expat, wish to take advantage of this. You can either take out private dental cover, or … Read more

Maribeth Theisen, Near Split

Who are you? My name is Maribeth Theisen. I’m an American married to a British man.I’m a psychotherapist, photographer and travel blogger at MBsWorld. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I’ve actually lived abroad previously; as a child in Germany, a teenager in Vietnam, recently in France, and now Croatia. I learned so … Read more

How To Find A Job In Croatia

Croatia has been increasingly in popularity as a destination over the last decade and if you are planning on relocating to this EU member state, you will find a number of opportunities. However, salaries in the region are not high in comparison to other EU nations, and the cost of living is high as well.The … Read more

Phil And Katya, Sibenik

Who are you? We are Phil and Katya, the couple that travels and moves from country to country looking for a new experience and exploring our wonderful world. Together we’ve been to seven countries and some more before we met each other.We decided not to waste hundreds of pictures we bring from our trips and … Read more

Rod Young, Gornji Karin

Who are you? Rod Young. From the UK. Where, when and why did you move abroad? Moved to Gornji Karin near Zadar in March 2017.My partner Cheryl and I had been coming here by motorcycle for many years on holiday. Five years before we moved, we decided to change our lives, stop chasing the money … Read more

Tina Donovan, Istria

My name is Tina Donovan and I am Australian with dual nationality (UK). I am living in Istria, in the north west of Croatia, and have now been here for ten months. For many years I have wanted to live in Europe. I visited Italy many times while still living in Australia and loved it. … Read more

Should You Rent In Croatia Before Becoming A Citizen?

There is an endless list of things to plan when it comes to moving house, let alone country! Expats who are planning a move will almost all be thinking about where to live, and some may also be concerned with citizenship. It’s not often that these two subjects go hand in hand, so the question … Read more

Moving To Zagreb: A Guide For New Expats

The capital city of Croatia, Zagreb, is located in the northwest of the country, along the Sava River and the southern slopes of the Medvednica Mountain. Approximately a quarter of the population of Croatia live in Zagreb and its surrounding areas; as of 2018, this number is in the region of 1.1 million.If you are … Read more

Moving To Croatia? Don’t Get Tied Up By The Red Tape

Croatia is a relatively young country full of potential. With its stunning coastlines, rugged mountain peaks and dense forests, it’s undoubtedly a beautiful place. However, in recent years Croatia has struggled due to slow economic growth as well as an infrastructure that’s been dragging its heels and is in drastic need of an overhaul. Politicians … Read more

Moe, Zagreb

Who are you? Moe from Jordan, married to a Croatian girl and just moved to Zagreb after working in Dubai for 15 years.Where, when and why did you move abroad? I am in Zagreb now, moved last June, because we had enough of Dubai and we missed the European lifestyle, since I experienced being in … Read more

Jennifer Graf-Domijan, Northern Coastal Croatia

Who are you? Jennifer Graf-Domijan: I work in the music and travel industries. My background is as a classical opera singer, but I’m currently working half of each year as a tour director in Central Europe. I also own and operate a successful Christmas Caroling business, which operates seasonally during the holidays in the Northeast … Read more

Theresa Khalil, Zagreb

Who are you? I am Theresa Khalil from Egypt living in Zagreb with my Croatian husband. I am a documentary filmmaker and founder of Unique Zagreb, which I initiated to create English speaking activities for people in Zagreb.Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved abroad in 2012 first to Portugal as I … Read more

Ten Reasons You Should Move To Croatia

Croatia is a young country, having gained independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991. It is a country of great diversity with its stunning Adriatic coastline, rich mountain forests and Mediterranean weather. Croatia is becoming an increasingly popular destination for expats, most of whom settle down in Zagreb, the capital city. Dubrovnik too is a … Read more

Croatia – Recommended Social Media Accounts

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Croatia and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.Unique Zagreb ExpatsFacebook Page Keeping expats updated … Read more

Croatia – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Croatia and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Chasing The Donkeyhttp://www.chasingthedonkey.com/ Leaving a creative agency job in Australian to settle … Read more

Anastasia Kingsley, Dalmatia

Who are you? I’m Anastasia Kingsley, born, raised and educated in the USA (California to be exact). My dad was a first generation American, of Croatian heritage, though he never set foot in his homeland. His parents were immigrants and his way of life, all his life, was definitely European. My mom is of French … Read more

An Expat Guide To The Cost Of Living In Croatia

Croatia, often referred to as Eastern Europe’s youngest nation, gained its independence from Yugoslavia in the year 1991. Since then, expats from all over the world have been attracted to this geographically diverse country, primarily because of its Mediterranean climate, densely-forested mountains, rolling hills, and Adriatic coastline. Surrounded by Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, … Read more

Moving To Croatia – What To Expect As A New Expat

Although Croatia has grown in popularity as a tourist destination over the last decade, it still isn’t among the most popular expat locations in the world, or even in Europe. However, there is a small expat community here, and although most expats tend to live in Croatia only temporarily, more people are starting to see … Read more

Giving Birth In Croatia As An Expat

Croatia, one of Europe’s youngest nations, has been attracting foreigners from all over the world since the end of the Balkan war. Also known as “The New Tuscany”, this picturesque region is now home to many expats. Some choose to give birth in Croatia, instead of traveling back to their home countries during pregnancy. The … Read more

Don’t Buy Property In Croatia Until You’ve Read This

Located in southeastern Europe, Croatia is bordered by countries such as Hungary, Slovenia, and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Croatia has a thriving tourism industry and is known for its rich historical heritage, abundant natural scenery and pleasant weather. The country also attracts a growing number of expats. Many of them live in the capital city of … Read more

Nat Newman, Croatia

Who are you? I’m Nat Newman, an Australian writer living in Zagreb. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved from Australia to Croatia two years ago in March of 2013. That’s the easy part. The hard part is why. I suppose I’m not your average expat. I didn’t move for my career … Read more

Croatia – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Croatia and some of the bloggers who write about living there. Frank In Croatia http://www.frankaboutcroatia.com/ Playing the simultaneous roles of travel guide and expat … Read more

Diane Huebner, Rijeka

Who are you? I am an American who has been living in the Balkans for 6+ years now (after this long, you stop counting). To the surprise of many, I do NOT have roots from this area. I am pretty much as American as you can get without being a Native American – meaning my … Read more

Croatia – A Good Place To Invest

by Peter Ellis, Croatia Property Services Since breaking free from Jugoslavia in the early nineties, Croatia has worked hard to rebuild the tourist industry that it was famous for in the seventies and eighties. Under the slogan ‘ The Mediterranean as it used to be’, it has moved steadily ahead. Following concerns by their tourist … Read more