Croatia has since its independence in 1991 had a rough path rebuilding the country’s economy and the global financial crisis of 2008 did not make the situation easier. The economy is recovering, but problems with unemployment, uneven regional development and challenging administration, besides a sometimes difficult business climate are continuing challenges for the nation. For many years, Croatia was a candidate for EU membership, which put pressure on economic and political reforms, and also opened the door for funding through various EU channels. Since its membership in 2013, changes are visible. Trade with the EU has been encouraged because of free movement of services and people but also through legislative reforms and liberalised, privatised and accessible markets.
The most important sector in Croatia is services, where tourism accounts for twenty percent of GDP. Croatia's industry sector accounts for around one fourth of GDP and is led by shipbuilding, food processing, pharmaceuticals and information technology. Some of the most expansive industries today are infrastructure, transportation, energy and health care. Business Sweden in Croatia has specialised knowledge and long experience working in above sectors, where we support Swedish companies in their expansion. Today, Swedish export to Croatia amounts to 0.1 percent of Swedens total global export at around SEK 973 million.
Business Sweden’s office in Vienna is the regional office supporting Swedish companies in Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary as well as Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Kosovo and Albania. Historically there are many synergies the countries in between.