Sandra Šokčević

Libertas international University, Trg J.F. Kennedy6b, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia,


ISSN 2637-2150
e-ISSN 2637-2614
UDK 339.727.22/.24:330.34(497.5)
DOI 10.7251/STED2202049S

Paper Submitted: 15.10.2022.
Paper Accepted: 15.11.2022.
Paper Published: 30.11.2022.

Corresponding Author:

Sandra Šokčević, Libertas international University, Trg J.F. Kennedy6b, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia,

Copyright © 2022 Sandra Šokčević; published by UNIVERSITY PIM. This work licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.



Foreign direct investments in the Republic of Croatia has been systematically monitored since 1993. During the war years, the inflow of foreign capital, both in the form of direct and portfolio foreign investments, was insignificant. Significant foreign investment activity has been present since 1996. Aware of the importance that FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) can have on the recipient country, both as a factor in accelerated economic development, and as a source for financing the deficit on the current account of the balance of payments, Croatia has declaratively promoted a policy of attracting foreign capital. Although in the first few years after the war this promotion was mostly aimed at the Croatian diaspora, under the pressure of the international community, privatization began in the banking and telecommunications sector, and since the post-war years, the largest amount of foreign capital has been directed there. Thus, in the second part of the 1990s, after the normalization of the situation in the country, Croatia collected a total of nominally around USD 4.5 billion in foreign direct investment, mostly through privatization, and the largest inflow of foreign currency was realized in 1999, in the amount of 1, 2 billion USD (first round of privatization of HT). This paper analyses the factors affecting foreign direct investment and the strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities for encouraging the inflow of foreign direct investment into the economic framework of the Republic of Croatia and presents the competitiveness index of the structures and activities of foreign direct investment in the Republic of Croatia. In conclusion, it can be emphasized that since independence, the Republic of Croatia has been making efforts to attract as many foreign investments as possible, while achieving limited results.

Keywords: foreign direct investments, competitiveness index, Republic of Croatia.