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Zagreb

As well as being the capital city, Zagreb is the cultural, scientific, economic and governmental centre of the Republic of Croatia. It has a population of 790,017 inhabitants within the city boundary, which covers an area of 641.32 km2. The metropolitan area has a population of 1,088,841 and includes smaller cities of Samobor, Velika Gorica and Zaprešić. Zagreb has the highest GDP per capita in Croatia (18,503 EUR in 2011). In 2014 the average unemployment rate in Zagreb was around 11%, almost half the national average. Zagreb is also strategically located as a ‘gateway’ linking central with South-eastern Europe, it has significant potential for investment and development being important international trade and business centre.

Economically, Zagreb is focused on the development of higher value-added sectors and business activities. There has been rapid growth across these sectors in the last five years; and even during the period of severe economic crisis, these industries were resistant to overall contraction.
As well as being an important gateway for investment it is also a travel destination within its own right, possessing a range of natural and cultural assets. Since the end of the Croatian Homeland War, it has attracted a rapidly increasing number of visitors. In 2014 it had 911,000 visitors with more than 1,600,000 overnight stays.

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