This second edition of Doing Business with Croatia provides a clear and accurate breakdown of all significant areas of the market and gives an up-to-date account of the country’s business potential in general.

Croatia has enormous potential for development. In particular, its geographical position and natural resources are a positive attribute for the tourism industry. The Croatian part of the Adriatic Coast – from Dubrovnik, through Split, and all the way to the Istrian Peninsula and Briuni Islands – is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Europe. It boasts more than a thousand islands and islets, only 67 of which are inhabited as well as over 5,000 kilometres of coastline, all with a rich cultural heritage. Tourism is made stronger still by the attraction of spas and rich thermal water springs.

Croatian economy is on the upturn. Last year, a 5.2 per cent rise in GDP was recorded, compared to the year 2001. The most significant underlying factor for such a dynamic GDP growth is local demand, resulting from the construction of motorways and other forms of public spending. This year, a record 137 kilometres of modern highway have been opened, connecting the central part of the country with the Adriatic coast. Important highway sections between Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, and the biggest Croatian port, Rijeka, as well as between Zagreb and Split, the centre of Dalmatia, the biggest Adriatic region in Croatia, have been completed. As a result, local prices have become more stable and the unemployment rate, which was once high, has begun to decline significantly.

Information for the book and the Web site has been supplied by a unique network of contacts in Croatia including Raiffeissen Bank, law firm Markovic & Pliso and the Ministry of Tourism. Other valuable sources include local offices of Deloitte & Touche and forewords have been supplied by such notable figures as the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Economy.

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Doing Business with Croatia is an invaluable guide to business practice and trading opportunities and provides up-to-the-minute information regarding market potential and all aspects of doing business in and with Croatia.

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