Scouting Rijeka, Croatia

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As you know if you have followed some posts related to “Schengen Hell,” I had to leave

Schengen and am currently in Croatia buying time to make my next move, shopping opportunities in other countries, and also checking the ease of doing business here. It appears that it will not be super hard form a company in Croatia if I follow through, but I am engaging in a few meetings with business specialists and the local incubator to see how I may escape some legal expenses if I go forward with a small LLC operation here. It must be said that I believe operating costs in Serbia would be lower and also lower taxes by a large margin, but I like the proximity to the sea and also the central position between Serbia and Italy and possibly the ongoing access to the rest of European Union states. There is a fair bit of negative data on entrepreneurial activity in Croatia but in my anecdotal observation, there is a lot more traction and enthusiasm than what I have found in Slovenia or Italy.  On a personal note, I foresee deeper integration with eastern Europe for me but I am not entirely sure how it will manifest.

Please see the photos (click on them to enlarge) of Rijeka, which is the home of the first torpedo making facility as well as a global leader in cigarette paper manufacturing. I think that this city could be quite important again from a logistics standpoint, which combined with a climate that allows for flowers in January, makes an interesting possible staging point. It’s a crusty manufacturing and logistics hub on one hand, a youngish population city with cheap clubs and places to eat on the other hand. Pula, Croatia was quite nice but a bit on the sleepy side compared to here.

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