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

 

Setting Up a Company

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
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
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.
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 Organization
Court Register
Search a Company or a Financial Report
Biznet, The Croatian Company Directory of the Croatian Chamber of Economy.
 
Setting Up a Company Croatia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Procedures (number) 6.0 6.0
Time (days) 9.0 14.0

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

201120122013
Labor force 1,717,0001,745,0001,715,000

Source: CIA - The world factbook

 
200920102011
Total activity rate -53.00%52.50%
Men activity rate 60.30%59.60%59.70%
Women activity rate 46.30%46.00%46.00%

Source: UN - United Nations

 

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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
Labor Laws
Consult Doing Business Website, to obtain a summary of the labor regulations that apply to local entreprises.

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Cost of Labor

Minimum Wage
HRK 2,814 per month (source: ILO, 2011).
Average Wage
Gross average monthly wage of men: HRK 8,044 (source: ILO, 2010);
Gross average monthly wage of women: HRK 7,233 (source: ILO, 2010).
Social contributions
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employers: 17.2%
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employees: 20%

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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)
Unionization Rate
65%
Labor Regulation Bodies
Labor Market Directorate at the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship

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