Regional Competitiveness Index of Croatia 2010

16 May 2011


The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) presented the «Regional Competitiveness Index of Croatia 2010», which ranks the economic competitiveness of the country's 21 counties and three major regions. This research, a continuation of a competitiveness analysis began in 2007, aims to give policy makers and business executives a comparative framework to assess challenges and opportunities at the regional and county level. The Regional Competitiveness Index (RCI) provides a clear picture of the strengths and weaknesses of each county and region, and it provides recommendations for improving economic competitiveness at the local level. The research shows that regional differences are still large, and that very little progress has been achieved over the past four years in bridging the gap between the less developed regions and those better off.


  • The relative competitiveness in 2010 of the three major regions has not changed significantly since 2007.
  • Northwestern Croatia is still in the lead as the most competitive region, with Adriatic Croatia in second place and the Central and Eastern (Pannonian) Croatia lagging behind.
  • Varaždinska County, the City of Zagreb, and Istarska, Međimurska and Zagrebačka Counties still occupy the top five positions in overall competitiveness.
  • At the bottom of the list are Požeško-slavonska, Vukovarsko-srijemska, Sisačko-moslavačka and Ličko-senjska Counties - counties most affected by the consequences of war.
  • The ten counties with the worst competitiveness rank also have the lowest development index (below 75% of the average GDP per head in Croatia).