VAT in Croatia is generally set at 25% and is due on most goods and services. Lower rates of VAT are applicable to goods such as bread and milk, and the tourism sector. Employers are required to report, withhold and pay authorities all taxes and contributions on behalf of 
employees for their incomes. Personal income tax on an employee‘s salary is determined at the following rates: 12% for a net income up to 2 200kn, 25% for the difference between net 2 200kn and 11 000kn and 40% for a net income higher than 13 200kn. Thresholds for tax rates are variable, meaning that the law determines them on the basis of the deductions allowed, an amount that changes once a year. City surtax is applicable; Zagreb residents are taxed 18%. 20% of social contributions are withheld from the employee‘s gross income and the employer pays an additional 15.20%. The minimum startup capital for a limited liability company is the counter value in kunas of 20 000kn. A foreign founder deposits the capital into a temporary account with an authorized business bank. Once the company is Croatian registered business, the founder can freely transfer such funds into regular company accounts.

Accountants & Consultants


Secure that money of yours at any of the following.

Brokerage houses

Business connections

Interpreters & translators



Real estate

This is a tricky town to negotiate if you don't have some help. Let any of the following guide and ensure this process.

Conference facilities


Giz a job!

Welcome, job seekers! If you're so overwhelmed by your stay in Croatia that you just can't tear yourself away, there are two great sites made for making your job search a breeze. Both and have English pages, and jobs advertised include everything from big multinationals to volunteer positions.

Office supplies



Dry cleaners & Laundries

Emergency health care

Foreign representations

International schools

Language Schools


Making the call

You've memorised the misleadingly simple code break-down, and are ready to take the plunge (let's hope you decided not to drop that tricky calculus course):
Local Calls: Here's the trick: dial the subscriber's six- or seven-digit number, and place the greasy receiver to your ear.
National Calls: Dial the Croatian city code (01 if you're calling Zagreb for instance) followed by the subscriber's number.
Calling Abroad: Dial 00 (the international access code), the appropriate country code, a city or area code if applicable and the subscriber's number.
Calling Croatia from Abroad: Dial your international access code, 385 (Croatia's country code), the city code (dropping the initial 0) and the subscriber's number.
Calling a Mobile: Mobile numbers are 9 or 10-digits and begin with either 091, 092, 095, 098 or 099. Dial the subscriber's number and wait for a human voice. For an international call to a Croatian mobile, dial your international acess code, 385 (country code), drop the 0, and then dial the remaining digits.

0 - 24 Pharmacies


If all you need to do is send a postcard or a letter, you can buy stamps at pretty much any kiosk, just make sure they're right value for what you are sending and where. Once you put it on, drop your mail in any post box. These are the small yellow boxes attached to buildings around town.

Religious Communities

Of course, you have as many Catholic churches in Zagreb as your heart desires. Unfortunately, we don’t know of one which offers services in other languages. For those of you of other denominations, here’s where you can attend services:

Zagreb Expat Information

Traveling allows one to step into a whole new lifestyle, if only for a moment. But what is it that makes some visitors take the plunge and make the stay a permanent one? We asked a few transplanted residents to tell us their Zagreb story…. 
Having first come to Croatia as a high school student, Kazuhiro Tamari, is a truly global citizen with family connections leading him to a host of countries. His careers in acting and tourism open endless doors to keep traveling, meeting people and inspiring anyone he meets and yet Kazuhiro describes Zagreb as the lighthouse he follows to come home. Spomenka “Sami” Matić, also grew up in an international family and spent the entirety of her adult life as an enthusiastic traveler. When her UK student visa expired, she chose to make a cross-continental road trip before settling down in Zagreb to explore her Croatian nationality by living in the country for the first time. Fellow travel enthusiast Jelena Pocedić, grew up in Windsor, Canada hearing proud tales of Croatia’s capital. Returning to her father’s home city allowed her to create her own stories of discovering hidden beauty in the pedestrian-friendly city she now calls home. Zagreb’s Medical Studies in English program has allowed Jelena, and many like her whose parents number in the Croatian diaspora, to pursue dreams of a medical career while connecting to her heritage. The same program sealed the deal for Théo Karoumenos, when he was offered a language teaching position in a city where his wife could continue her medical studies. The adventuresome Frenchman has found Zagreb to be an important part of his growth as a teacher as he’s been able to organize cultural events around the city such as café gatherings, movie nights and even concerts. 

Zagreb for children

In most every human population it's likely that a percentage of them will be children. Zagreb is no exception to this rule and as such, we thought it might be helpful for us to list places these strange creations are big fans of.

A Dog’s Life in Zagreb

Zagreb is not a bad city to bring your pets. It’s relatively small as metropolises go, and you’re never far away from green places. Although there are folks who turn up their noses at animals, there are more and more pet-friendly facilities and you’ll find a fair few people make a fuss of your furry friend. Here are a few tips for the best places to go.



Several Zagreb hotels are happy to take four-legged guests as well as their owners. If you’re staying for longer, you shouldn’t have too much trouble renting an apartment, but do check with owners before you commit that they’re happy for your pet to stay too.
In case you are going away and need to leave Fido behind (sniff), there’s a growing number of pet hotels.

Dog Grooming

Getting around

You can take your dog on a bus or tram on weekends and public holidays between midnight and 06:00, and from 20:00 to midnight. Your dog has to be on a lead, wearing a muzzle, and be possessed of a certificate of health and a full-price ticket. All this means you might at times need a taxi. 


There are several highly-regarded veterinary clinics equipped with state-of-the-art surgical and lab equipment. Zagreb University’s Faculty of Medicine has clinics for all complaints and all types of animals, and for more serious problems you’ll probably be referred there. 

Dumovec Animal Rescue

Sadly, in Zagreb, as in many other cities, dozens of pets are abandoned every day. Fortunately there is a whole army of individuals and groups working hard to save these animals and find them new homes. One of the groups doing that is the Dumovec rescue centre, which is especially active and creative in its efforts to get people to join in and help. One example is recruiting the help of some of Croatia’s most famous fashion designers to created “must-have” T-shirts: with long or short sleeves, in men’s, women’s and children’s styles.
Some of the names involved include ELFS, Zoran Mrvoš and Juraj Zigman. This is a great way to get hold of their designs as prices are only 40-100kn. You can also buy accessories for your pets such as bowls, scarves, collars and more. Visit the web shop (, or why not call in at the Dumovec centre in person? You can help bring some cheer to our furry friends housed there, and might even be tempted take one home with you! Take bus no. 276 from Kvaternikov trg straight to Dumovec.

School Time


You’ll probably be surprised at the range of pet shops in Zagreb which extends to some pretty big pet supermarkets. Your pet can join you in Pet Centar branches so you can choose the perfect sweater or crystal-encrusted collar. Purrrrr!



Please note: although it’s only polite in urban areas to pick up your pooch’s poop, some areas of Zagreb are not equipped with bins for dog mess. Do take your own poo bags on walks since they are not provided.

Though there are many parks and green areas in the city, the following are among the best for dog-walking:

Getting tee-d off

When it comes to golf Croatia isn’t exactly the first place you’d consider as a master destination. In saying that, the sport indeed had a history here with a world-class golf resort which was built on the luxuriant Brijuni islands in 1922, and there was also once a beautiful course at Zagreb’s Maksimir Park. Unfortunately, with the rise of Communism the sport slowly diminished.
Oh how times have changed with the sport developing a solid fan base these days and the infrastructure of several courses on the agenda. Nowadays, there are several golfing options within reach of Zagreb.  The Golf and Country Club Zagreb, opened close to Novi Zagreb is designed to PGA standards and has international tournaments in the pipeline. A Scottish professional, Stuart Callan, leads the golf academy there. There is also a golf course in Krašić humbly named the Valley of the Cardinals Golf and Country Club. It facilitates both a 9 hole course or if you want to make a day of it an 18 hole course. The only other options include a couple of hours drive to Slovenia which has its fair share of courses. So why not hit the greens and take a putt!

Horseback riding

Martial arts

Rent a ski

Skiing in Croatia

Audi FIS World Cup - VIP Snow Queen Trophy Zagreb-Sljeme

Sport Complexes


Swimming pools

Table tennis




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