Success tips when doing business in Croatia
- Croat greetings during first meetings tend to be conservative and reserved. A handshake and direct eye contact are expected. In general, refer to business persons by their surname unless invited to call them by their first name;
- Straightforward talk is most highly valued in Croatia. Be direct, while making sure to choose your words in a diplomatic fashion to avoid the other person taking offense;
- Meeting schedules are generally followed loosely Croatia. Time is often not a factor during meetings, so lengthy meetings can be expected;
- Some level of small talk is expected before jumping into business. Discussing business immediately is widely considered rude behaviour;
- When you are starting a new business in Croatia, it is important to find out what Croat registrations and licenses apply to your firm. This can be a complex area, as local, state, territory and federal governments handle registration and licensing for various aspects of your business.
Interesting facts about Croatia
- Croatian has so many different dialects that people from different sides of the country are completely incapable of communicating with one another;
- The famous scientist Nikolas Tesla was born in the village Smiljan in Croatia;
- Croatia was responsible for inventing and popularizing one of the world’s most common business clothing pieces; the necktie;
- Croatia is home to the smallest town in the world. The town of Hum in Istria has a population of just 23;
- Croats used their own alphabet, called the “glagoljica” that was popularly used until the mid-18th century;
- Croatia is a member of i) The United Nations ii) Council of Europe iii) NATO iv) Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe v) European Union.