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Our most popular blog and social posts from 2022

Jadro river where Split, Croatia gets its drinking water

In 2022, we published 101 blog posts and hundreds of posts across social media. We are nothing if not prolific.

As we kick off the new year, we are reflecting on our most popular posts from the past year. Here is a quick rundown from both the blog and social media – prepared just for you.

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Our 10 most popular blog posts of 2022

#10 – Is tap water safe to drink in Croatia?

Anyone native to Croatia might find such a post ridiculous, but this is a common question of new arrivals – residents and tourists alike. The simple answer is YES, but there are shades of literal gray. In this post, the state of water pipes in Croatia, water pollution, safety and quality.

First published in August 2019, this post was visited more than 17.000 times in 2022.

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#9 – Public transport by bus in Dubrovnik, Croatia

When staying in Dubrovnik, public transport can be a necessity to navigate the city’s hilly and decentralized landscape. This post covers the main bus station, tips for navigating the system, buying tickets, and suburban access for those wishing to reach the outer bits of the wider Dubrovnik area.

First published in September 2017, this post was visited more than 19.000 times in 2022.

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#8 – Visiting Krka National Park

Just outside Šibenik lies Krka National Park at the convergence of the Krka and Čikola rivers. This post covers why this national park is special, how to get there, ticket prices and the best time to visit.

First published in July 2019, this post was visited more than 21.000 times in 2022.

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#7 – How to apply for Croatian citizenship (hrvatsko državljanstvo): Guide for 2023

Applying for Croatian citizenship has been all the rage since Croatia made it easier for those with heritage when they overhauled the Citizenship Act in 2020. They eliminated the limit on generations and also waived the language/culture test for those applying based on descent. We’ve helped thousands of people obtain Croatian nationality, so it makes sense that our detailed guide made it to one of the top spots.

This guide covers applying for citizenship on all bases, not just for descent. If you’re applying based on marriage or naturalization, this guide can help you.

First published in February 2019, this post was visited more than 23.000 times in 2022.

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#6 – ZET – Public transportation system in Zagreb, Croatia

Year after year, this guide to Zagreb’s bus and tram system is consistently in our top 10. In this post, we cover quirks of the system as well as all the types of transport including the tram, buses, cable car and funicular. There are many ways to efficiently get around Zagreb.

First published in September 2013 (another oldie but goodie), this post was visited more than 24.000 times in 2022.

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#5 – All about tipping in Croatia: Guide for 2023

Ooooh, boy was this a hot topic this year! Everyone is divided on whether to tip or not to tip. Tipping culture in Croatia is likely different than what you’re used to in other countries. In some countries, tipping is non-existent. In others, service workers rely on tips to survive. Croatia falls somewhere in the middle.

It’s important to know when and when not to, as well as how much is customary to avoid a misstep. This guide covers almost every instance when you may need to tip and how much is appropriate.

First published in July 2017, this post was visited more than 26.000 times in 2022.

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#4 – Available visas and residence permits for Croatia: Guide for 2023

It’s not just applying for Croatian citizenship that is having a moment. Croatia is popular in general as a destination to visit and live. Clean air and water. Safety. Gorgeous landscape. Temperate weather. Warm and welcoming people. What’s not to like?

It’s obvious why our guide to all the visas and residence permits was one of our most popular. In this post, we outline all of the options and provide step-by-step guides for each of them so you know exactly how to prepare.

First published in December 2013 (in Expat in Croatia’s first year of existence), this post was visited more than 30.000 times in 2022.

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#3 – How to apply for Croatian citizenship based on descent: Guide for 2023

Most of the people who apply for Croatian citizenship are doing so based on descent. There is a huge population of diaspora living across the world, predominantly concentrated in English-speaking countries like the United States, Canada, UK, Australia and South Africa. Their ancestors left Croatia in the 1900s and migrated abroad. Their descendants are now returning back to the homeland and we are helping them.

This guide is specifically for people with Croatian lineage, which details the requirements and process.

First published in August 2021, this post was visited more than 32.000 times in 2022.

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#2 – How to find a job in Croatia: Guide for 2023

Given that Croatia is one of the most desired places to live, it’s not a shock that our job guide blew up this year. Many want to make Croatia their forever home. It’s not easy to make that happen for third-country nationals with no ties to Croatia unless you obtain a work permit.

In this post, we cover all the ways you can find a job in Croatia.

First published in November 2019, this post was visited more than 59.000 times in 2022.

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#1 – How to apply for the digital nomad residence permit in Croatia: Guide for 2023

This should be a surprise to nobody. Croatia is the top destination for digital nomads in Europe, if not the world. We have personally guided hundreds of people apply for the digital nomad residence permit this past year – and a lot more used our guide and did it themselves.

In this post, we dig deep into this permit including its benefits and misconceptions as well as the requirements, how to apply and the process.

First published in December 2020, this post was visited more than 61.000 times in 2022.

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Our most popular posts from social media in 2022

While we are on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube, when we refer to “social”, we are really talking about Instagram. That is where our most fanatic fans live.

Over the last couple years, Instagram has become the core of our Expat in Croatia community, partly because of our weekly live show Five Question Friday where we answer questions from our audience. You can learn about Five Question Friday and see our favorite episodes here.

Below are our 10 biggest posts from Instagram in 2022.

#10 – A walk to the beach

 

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#9 – My citizenship application is finally submitted!

 

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#8 – National symbols of Croatia

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#7 – 13 tips for shopping at Croatia’s green markets

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#6 – Today in Croatia: Exposed

 

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#5 – 5 Croatian cliches to drop into conversation with a Croat

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#4 – If I chose to move to Croatia today…

 

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#3 – 15 reasons living on a Croatian island isn’t the dream you think it is

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#2 – Understanding Croatian culture: Part 1

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#1 – How to be a bad tourist in Croatia

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To je to! On to 2023!

Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.

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