Operating a Business

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In this page: Setting Up a Company | The Active Population in Figures | Working Conditions | Cost of Labour | Social Partners

 

Setting Up a Company

Drustvo s ogranicenom odgovornoscu or D.O.O. (Private Limited company)
Number of partners: One or more person.
Capital (max/min): Minimum capital: HRK 20,000, totally released
Shareholders and liability: Liability is limited to the amount contributed
Dionicko drustvo or D.D. (Public Corporation)
Number of partners: One or more person.
Capital (max/min): Minimum capital: HRK 200,000
Shareholders and liability: Liability is limited to the amount contributed
Javno trgovacko drustvo or J.T.D. (General partnership)
Number of partners: Minimum 2 partners.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required.
Shareholders and liability: Every partner has unlimited liability with all his/her assets.
Komanditno drustvo or K.D. (Limited partnership)
Number of partners: Minimum 2 persons: one general partner and one limited partner
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required.
Shareholders and liability: At least one partner (general partner) has unlimited liability with all his/her assets and at least one (other) partner has limited liability proportional to the invested assets.
The Competent Organisation
Court Register
Company Directories
Biznet, The Croatian Company Directory of the Croatian Chamber of Economy.
 
Setting Up a Company Croatia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Procedures (number) 7.0 5.3
Time (days) 19.5 11.8

Source: Doing Business.

 
Business Setup Procedures
Consult Doing Business Website, to know about procedures to start a Business in Croatia.
Register of Business Entities

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The Active Population in Figures

201820192020
Labour Force 1,794,8351,788,0351,775,337

Source: International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database

 
201720182019
Total activity rate 66.54%66.58%66.99%
Men activity rate 71.57%71.16%72.01%
Women activity rate 61.50%61.99%61.96%

Source: International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database

 

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Working Conditions

Legal Weekly Duration
40 hours
Retirement Age
65
Working Contracts
Legal clauses regulate employment contracts and to a lesser degree collective agreements and individual negotiations. The terms of employment contracts and the limits for dismissal are very rigid while the conditions for hiring are flexible
Labour Laws
Consult Doing Business Website, to obtain a summary of the labor regulations that apply to local entreprises.

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Cost of Labour

Minimum Wage
In 2021, the minimum gross wage is HRK 4,250 per month according to the Croatian Ministry of Labour and Pension System.
Average Wage
In 2021, the average gross monthly salary is HRK 9,373 according to the Croatian Bureau of Statistics.
Social Contributions
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employers: 16.5% on salaries
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employees: 20% on the gross wage

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Social Partners

Social Dialogue and Involvement of Social Partners
The most important trade union is the Union of Autonomous Trade Unions of Croatia (UATUC) with more than 200,000 members all over the country.
Unions
Union of Autonomous Trade Unions of Croatia
Croatian Trade Union Association (in Croatian only)
Workers Trade Union Association of Croatia
Independent Croatian Unions (in Croatian only)
Unionisation Rate
65%
Labour Regulation Bodies
Labor Market Directorate at the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship

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Latest Update: November 2022