Quality of Life: Regional disparites in Croatia

01 Oct 2007

The first comparative research on the quality of life of Croatian citizens in comparison to citizens of 27 European Union countries, organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EuroFoundation) from Dublin, was presented at the conference on the quality of life in Croatia, at Hotel Dubrovnik in Zagreb today. Almost 9000 citizens from all Croatian counties participated in the survey that the UNDP conducted in 2006 and answered questions assessing the quality of their own lives: their household economic situation, quality of housing, employment and education.

This research collected representative county level data for the first time, so that, apart from showing existing differences amongst countries of the enlarged EU, it also reveals regional inequalities within Croatia. Areas in which Croatia lags behind the EU average are, above all, respondents' satisfaction with their own education and quality of employment, then markedly high perception of tension between social groups, particularly between rich and poor, which is perceived by the high 62% or almost two thirds of Croatian citizens.


  • Subjective assessment of health and access to healthcare services is significantly lower in Croatia and new EU member countries than in EU 15
  • A lot more Croatian citizens (15%) state their health is bad, than EU 15 citizens (6%)
  • There is a high level of distrust in the Croatian Healthcare System – 45% of the respondents have little or no confidence in the healthcare system