Day to Day Living in Croatia
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Day-to-day Living in Croatia
The car is one of the most popular forms of transport in Croatia due to the country's growing highway network, which has been developed across the last four decades. There are 1,000 km of highways connecting Zagreb to most of the other regions. Most highways are tolled, except the Zagreb bypass. If you wish to drive a car in Croatia, it should be noted that a UK driving licence is valid for up to 6 months from entry into Croatia. If you are staying longer, you will need to apply for a Croatian licence.
Croatia also has an extensive developed rail network which connects almost all of the regions. However, due to historical circumstances, the Istria region is not accessible by train without passing through the neighbouring Slovenia.
Major airports are located in most of the major cities which are used for inland flights between Croatia's many islands as well as overseas travel. An extensive ferry system also serves Croatia's many islands and links the coastal cities. These ferry services also offer travel to Italy.
Rental Property. The standard of rental property varies depending on the location. Long-term rental apartments and houses can be found in most cities , however, foreigners can expect to pay higher rates than local citizens. The typical deposit for a rental property is generally one months' rent and up to three months' rent in advance.
The rental market however, is quite limited, especially during the summer months.
Property to Buy. There are two methods by which a foreign national can purchase property in Croatia:
Through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA): you must first obtain consent from the MFA; a process which can take up to a year
Or by forming a corporation in Croatia for the purpose of real estate acquisition
Cost of Living
The cost of living is much the same as in the UK, if not slightly cheaper. Housing and transport costs are certainly slightly cheaper than in the UK but household items and food are generally the same price as they are in the UK.
1st January:New Year's Day
1st May:International Labour Day
10th June:Corpus Christi
22nd June:Day of Antifascist Resistance
25th June:Croatian Statehood Day
5th August:Croatian Victory Day
8th October:Croatian Independence Day
1st November:All Saints' Day
25th and 26th December:Christmas