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The Just Student Jobs Country guide for gap year travel in Europe - Croatia


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Croatia

Population : 4,282,216

Literacy rate : 97%

Life expectancy at birth : male – 70.04 yrs, female – 77.51 yrs

Infant mortality rate : 7.35 deaths/1,000 live births

Population growth rate : 0.93%

GDP growth rate : 0%

GDP per capita : £3,400

Unemployment : 20%

Inflation : 4.4%

TI index: 3.7

Climate : Mediterranean and continental; continental climate predominant with hot summers and cold winters; mild winters, dry summers along coast.

Time : GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Saturday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Electricity :220 volts AC, 50Hz.

Websites : Information on the history, economy and geography of Croatia together with an interactive map can be found at this official site http://www.hr/hrvatska/HR.html

The Croatian Institute for Culture and Information is at http://www.croatia.hr/

Independent information and advice for travelling to Croatia can be found at http://www.croatiatraveller.com/

A comprehensive site for country information, including audio language guides and ideas for planning your stay, can be found at http://www.visit-croatia.co.uk/

Information on the Croatian island of Krk complete with guides to local places, accommodation and what to do, is located at http://www.krkinfo.com/

Country Guide

Before the dissolution of Yugoslavia, Croatia was the most prosperous and industrialised area of the country averaging incomes about one third above the rest of Yugoslavia. The are many unresolved political problems here, and a certain amount of caution when travelling would be advisable, in particular seek advice before crossing any land borders. The economy has fallen flat on its face and the biggest problem facing the new government is restoring economic growth to a country still trying to rebuild all the destroyed bridges, roads, etc. caused by internecine fighting. Privatization is also progressing slowly and holding everything up. Jobs may not be as easy to find as during last year, but the country is still worth a look.

The coast is famous for its beauty – studded with islands. The city of Zagreb is a fascinating place, with its medieval old town (Kaptol) and the more modern upper and lower towns. This is a city of over 1m inhabitants.

Beware of Slivovitz – the local plum brandy. The hangovers can be crippling.

Entry requirements

UK or Irish citizens need no visa, but everyone else does.

Vaccinations

Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid.

Tax and Insurance

Tax will be deducted by your employer. Health insurance is a good idea if not a UK national. If you are, you have free access to all medical and some dental treatment.

Gap Year Programmes

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