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Macroeconomic Outlook Report: Croatia

Financial intermediation, real estate and business activities contributed 23.7% to the gross value added (GVA) in 2020, followed by wholesale, retail and hotels (16.8%) and transport, storage and communication (8.8%). The three sectors are forecast to grow by 6.4%, 7.3% and 3.1% respectively in 2021.

Jadranska Hrvatska and Kontinentalna Hrvatska are the major regions in Croatia. Kontinentalna Hrvatska accounted for 70.06% of total GDP in 2019 and 66.3% of the total population in 2020.

The CROBEX exhibited an upward trend from October 4, 2020, to October 4, 2021. Overall, the index increased by 25.8% from 1,608.8 on October 4, 2020, to 2,024.03 on October 4, 2021.


– Croatia has formulated the National Transport Development Strategy for 2017-2030 relating to the development of rail, road, air, sea and river, public city, local and regional transport.

Reasons to Buy

– Macroeconomic Outlook Report identifies the potentials of the country as an investment destination by analyzing the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental (PESTLE) structure.

– PESTLE Insights provides 360 degree view of the economy which can be used as a strategic tool to understand the market dynamics, business potentials and direction of operations

– Along with providing the country’s snapshot, the report captures the risk factors pertaining to the macroeconomic risks, political environment, legal environment, demographic and social structure effectiveness, technology & infrastructure and natural and geographic aspects that might impact business.

– This report also highlights key clusters/cities which contribute significantly to the country GDP and population along with major companies’ presence in these areas.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Exhibits

Did you Know?

Country Highlights

Recovery from the COVID-19 crisis

Country snapshot

Political Landscape

Economic Landscape

Social Landscape

Technological Landscape

Legal Landscape

Environmental Landscape


List of Figures

List of Figures

Exhibit 1: Croatia’s performance in terms of its country risk analysis in comparison to eastern Europe and the World average

Exhibit 2: Performance overview (score: 1-100)

Exhibit 3: Broad categories and weights behind the index

Exhibit 4: CRO stock index (October 2020 – October 2021)

Exhibit 5: Key sectors’ contribution to the economy (2016-2023f)

Exhibit 6: FDI assets and liabilities flows and FDI by sector (2016-2021 (Jan-Jun))

Exhibit 7: FDI by type and FDI assets flow by country (2016-2021 (Jan-Jun))

Exhibit 8: Key infrastructure indicators

Exhibit 9: Real GDP and household consumption growth rate (2016-2023f)

Exhibit 10: Real GDP growth rate comparison (2020)

Exhibit 11: Exports, imports and trade balance (2016-2023f)

Exhibit 12: Current account balance (2016-2023f)

Exhibit 13: Top three commodity exports, % of total exports (2016-2020)

Exhibit 14: Electrical machinery, equipment and parts thereof, % of world total (2020)

Exhibit 15: Interest rates (October 2016-October 2021)

Exhibit 16: Exchange rate and inflation (2016-2023f)

Exhibit 17: General government net lending/borrowing (2016-2023f)

Exhibit 18: General government debt (2016-2023f)

Exhibit 19: Unemployment (2016-2023f)

Exhibit 20: Average annual wages (2016-2023f)

Exhibit 21: Labor cost index (2016-2023f)

Exhibit 22: Rural/urban share in total population (1995, 2005, 2015, 2025f)

Exhibit 23: Age-group share of total population (2005,2015,2025)

Exhibit 24: Gender split (1995, 2005, 2015, 2025f)

Exhibit 25: Internet users % of total population, mobile penetration rate and broadband penetration rate, (2020)

Exhibit 26: Number of patents granted per million population, (2020)

Exhibit 27: High-technology exports as percentage of manufactured exports (2020 or latest year available)

Exhibit 28: Doing business in Denmark (2020)

Exhibit 29: Corruption perception index (rankings) (2020)

Exhibit 30: Greenhouse gas emissions per capita (2014-2019)


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