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Republic of Croatia

In the early years of the 21st Century

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The World Factbook - Croatia

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 23 December 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

Croatia experienced an abrupt slowdown in the economy in 2008; economic growth was stagnant or negative in each year between 2009 and 2014, but has picked up since the third quarter of 2014, ending 2017 with an average of 2.8% growth. Challenges remain including uneven regional development, a difficult investment climate, an inefficient judiciary, and loss of educated young professionals seeking higher salaries elsewhere in the EU.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $24,700 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 1.9%

industry: 27.3%

services: 70.8% (2017 est.)

Unemployment rate: 12.4% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: 19.5% (2015 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 8 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 8.6 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 76.7 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 100% of population

Physicians density: 3 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 99% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Croatia

[accessed 26 January 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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The World Bank in Croatia

[accessed 18 April 2021]

Croatia became a member of the European Union in July 2013, in the midst of the six-year long recession. Joining the single market and having been able to absorb the EU grant funds has helped the recovery that started in 2015.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 23 December 2020]

Although unemployment remains high and the country has a growing trade deficit, Croatia in the early 2000s experienced a growth in tourism and an increase in remittances and investment from expatriate Croats. Many small and medium-sized businesses have been privatized, and even larger state-owned industries were in the process of being restructured in 2002, such as shipbuilding.

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