While Croatia might not be one of the first countries that come to mind when you think of visiting Europe, it is quickly becoming one of the most popular travel destinations on the other side of the pond. The beautiful and highly varied landscape of Croatia that is attracting tourists by the bus load is also a highly motivating reason to seek residence there as well.

When looking to relocate to Croatia, setting up residence in a popular coastal town would be well advised. The current unemployment rate in Croatia is quite high at about 11.8%, making it rather difficult for foreigners to obtain work. Since the tourist industry is steadily on the rise, living in a coastal city with a lot of tourism is a good way to increase chances of finding a job. Jobs teaching English can also be found but only in bigger cities such as Zagreb, Karlovac, and Varazdin. While you can visit Croatia for 90 days without a special visa, you must acquire a work visa in order to get employment. These work visas can be acquired through the local embassy.

In order to live in Croatia as a resident, a foreigner must get a residence permit. To be eligible for a residence permit a foreign person must either have a yacht secured in a Croatian marina or be renting or own property in Croatia. Once that requirement has been satisfied the individual must physically remain within Croatia for a period of at least 183 days. Brief absences are allowed and do not break the period of days being considered.

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If living in Europe is the dream than Croatia is a wonderful option and an economically viable one as well. Property prices are rising along the coast as tourism continues to grow, but compared with housing in other European countries, Croatia remains quite affordable. Though Croatia is petitioning to join the European Union it is not yet a member and has its own currency known as the kuna. The dollar to kuna exchange rate is very good, coming in at about 5.74 kuna to 1 U.S. dollar.

The natural beauty of Croatia is every outdoorsman’s dream. The country is well known for its numerous national parks that are home to vast forests and wildlife. The coast’s growing popularity is no accident as the Adriatic Sea and Mediterranean climate are extremely enticing. Over 1,000 islands of all sizes can be found off of the coast, the largest of which are Cres and Krk and are definitely worth exploration.

The history behind Croatia also adds to its intrigue. Having won its independence in 1995, the ruins from the war that still exist are powerful reminders of recent events. Though war is a part of Croatia’s recent past, the country is very safe.

Settling in Croatia allows exploration of this unique and beautiful country as well as close proximity to other European countries such as Montenegro, Slovenia, and Italy. Enjoy a life where there is an opportunity to fuse European and Mediterranean culture into one enjoyable experience.