Current business situation
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provides advice for business
travellers and tourists going to Croatia. This is regularly updated and
should be checked before planning travel.
like to know their business partners very well, however the first stage of
business relationship is formal.
cards are exchanged without a formal ritual. Although not absolutely necessary
having one side of your business card translated into Croatian shows
good business sense to avoid the discussion concerning the political and
military history of Yugoslavia.
schedules are not very rigid in Croatia. There may be an agenda, but it serves
more as a guideline for the discussion than anything else. Business people will
want a clear understanding of what is to be dealt with in any meeting. A
company profile and product literature should be provided.
are usual until you are invited to use first names. People can be quite
conscious of hierarchy and protocol.
is widely spoken in business circles in big cities, but you may wish to offer
the option of interpreting.
is prohibited in most office buildings and restaurants.
Setting up in Croatia
Croatian Company Act offers several different legal structures suitable for
every line of business. For more information on setting up business in Croatia,
visit the Agency
for Investments and Competitiveness or HAMAG
Banking and finance
largest banks in Croatia include:
- Zagrebacka Banka
- Hypo Alpe Adria
- Splitska Banka
- Hrvatska Postanska
Links and resources
Government, business and trade
Government of Croatia
Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Ministry of Economic Affairs
Agency for Investments and Competitiveness
Croatian Chamber of Economy
News and media
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