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A few words about Croatia today

Even today it is difficult to plan a visit to Croatia without immediately thinking about the years of war that took place there. Fortunately the situation has improved enormously since then, ensuring you have a wonderful holiday in the idyllic surroundings of national parks and seas/

The political situation

On 1 July 2013, the President of the Republic of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic succeeded in getting the Republic of Croatia into the European Union. Having achieved his aim, he was replaced by Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic as the new President of the Republic of Croatia,. Now that the situation has been stabilised, Croatians no longer wish to look back to the era where the breakup of Yugoslavia provoked such bloody wars with Serbia. Today there is still a hint of nationalism around, but it is nothing like the 1990's.

The economic situation

Since the end of the war, the Croatian economy has been in transition. Even if there has been a noticeable improvement, the economy remains fragile. Figures bear this out. The unemployment rate is currently just over 21%. The same percentage of the population lives below the poverty threshold. The average salary is around £450 a month, and GDP is approximately £13,000 per capita per year. Growth is at little more than 1% for an inflation rate of over 2%.

According to the economists, Croatia is slowly catching up with the rest of the European Union but it will be a long journey.

One of Croatia's many waterfalls.

The tourism industry

In a service sector representing nearly 70% of GDP, the tourism industry alone brings in 25% of GDP. Whilst the country has a population of under 5 million, nearly 10 million people visit Croatia each year. In the 1990s nobody could have imagined that this would happen. So today, Croatia is well and truly one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Adriatic. Some people even compare towns like Dubrovnik to Saint-Tropez in the 1950s. Croatia has become a fashionable destination.

David Debrincat
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Updated 8 April 2016
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