Expat Facebook Groups in Croatia

Two of the most frequent questions I get on this site is “Where can I meet people?” and “Where can I find XYZ thing/place/person I need?”. Croatia can be a truly lonely place when you don’t know anybody and are oblivious as to how to get simple things accomplished.

Over the past few years, a number of Facebook Groups and Pages have cropped up that serve as a community for foreigners living in Croatia. These groups are also a hub for local Croatians interested in mingling with the expat community.

In these groups, you have the opportunity to:

  • Meet people, foreign and local alike
  • Get answers to your most pressing “living in Croatia” questions
  • Clue in to local events and culture
  • Get a front row seat for the gripes and complaints of those living here

The most active expat groups organize their own group-specific outings from dinners out to walking tours to day trips to nearby sites to super long coffees in the sun.

Photo by Jaime Silva

Before joining the groups, I highly recommend you read this post first. Here are all of the expat Facebook groups in Croatia:

1. Split

2. Zagreb

3. Dubrovnik

4. Istria

5. Dalmatia

  • Expats in Inland Dalmatia and Herzegovina – Join here
  • Expats of Dalmatia – Join here

6. Zadar

7. Rijeka

8. Islands

9. Osijek

10. All of Croatia

11. A bonus

These groups are for when you are so damned fed up that you need to scream something into the void without any judgment to an international audience that understands your pain. They are not for gentle snowflakes.

And now an expat group focused solely on amazing women living abroad.

  • Expat Women – A World of Opportunities – Join here

Is there a group I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments.

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4 thoughts on “Expat Facebook Groups in Croatia

  1. pim l. de vos
    January 26, 2018 @ 7:06 pm

    Hi Sara,

    compliments on another well written piece of information.
    Hope you get many readers, cause it’s well worth it.
    I’m member of a couple of those groups,
    most of my FB-time however in the Expats meet Split group.
    Just finished organizing a meet & eat event in a Chinese restaurant the evening before Chinese New Year.
    Much to my pleasure and surprise about fifty expats coming, and even better, it’s becoming a truly international mix with even some Chinese, Koreans, and yes, even a Fin.
    And of course the regular mix of Aussies, Brits, Italians, Croats and more.
    The group’s page really is a fun place, for getting useful answers, and to find or suggest initiatives to meet in some kind of way.
    My advice to newbies: don’t think you’ll get along on your own once arrived, become member of one of those groups.
    And not only to once in a while get an answer, but to be a pro active member of a small society.
    Living in Croatia absolutely isn’t about me or them, but about me AND them.
    I’m Dutch, so is my wife, and we’re living in a tiny village in the Omiska Zagora, and only once in a while see the Riva, but can’t imagine living here without being member of that group.
    Cheers, Ciao or Bok, Pim

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 31, 2018 @ 10:53 am

      Hey Pim,

      Thanks for the feedback!

      The groups are definitely invaluable to meeting people and getting up to speed on how to function. The simplest tasks can be insurmountable without a little guidance.

      Cheers,

      Sara

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  2. Mirela
    March 26, 2019 @ 12:08 pm

    Hi, Sara,
    great idea to update the article about the various expat groups existing. Just to say that the Expats in Dalmatia group is not just for Inland Dalmatia, I actually named it that because a lot of expats are not just in Split or inland, but scattered all over Dalmatia, so basically the name of the group is self-explanatory…welcoming expats from all over Dalmatia (coast or inland 🙂

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    • Expat in Croatia
      March 26, 2019 @ 4:10 pm

      Hi Mirela,

      Great to hear from you! Thanks for the clarification on Expats in Dalmatia. I’ve updated the post accordingly.

      Cheers,

      Sara

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