Croatian unemployment reaches record low

ZAGREB, Croatia Unemployment in Croatia has fallen to its lowest level in a decade, according to statistics released Thursday.

Unemployment, which peaked at 23.3 percent in the former Yugoslav republic in 2002, dropped to 16 percent, or some 270,000 jobless, according to the state bureau of statistics. Click to learn more...

Economic analysts attributed the positive data to economic growth spurred by a range of factors, including an increase in direct foreign investment, advanced methods of production, privatization of state property and the government's decreasing role in the economy.

"The state has reduced its role in the economy to under 50 percent," said Ante Zigman, a spokesman for the Ministry of Finance. "It has opened space for private capital which has stimulated jobs in production and trade."

Croatia, which emerged from an independence war in 1991-95, has been undergoing political and economic reform in the hope of winning membership in the European Union and NATO by 2010.


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Yep, I live there I would recommend going to Dubrovnik. It is a beautiful place, probably the most perfect town in the world (imagine Venice. Add beauty. Get rid of the smell. And voila! You have Dubrovnik!). It is expensive, but I suppose the price is not your top priority? Near Dubrovnik you have many wonderful islands, like Korčula, Mljet. Mljet is also a natural park, truly amazing. Have you ever heard of Marko Polo? Well, that`s where he`s from! The whole island has a very rich history; in fact, all of Croatia does I would also recommend visiting Cavtat, a small town to the south, a very nice walk.In Dubrovnik, if you see a wooden sign saying : Cold drinks with the best view, definitely follow it! There is a tiny cafe (actually, a couple of tables on the rocks), just between the walls and the sea. The view really is THE BEST! (It`s somewhere at the bottom of the map I put in the links.)I would find the rest of the links but it`s really not that hard and I have to go to sleep so Good night!p.s. if you like art: the painter Vlaho Bukovad was born and lived in Cavtat, there`s a house with a charming little museum there, too.

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