Dubrovnik – Neretva County Download as PDF

Dubrovnik-Neretva County is the southernmost county of Adriatic Croatia. The largest part of the county’s territory is surrounded by the state borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the north, Montenegro in the southeast and Italy (sea border) in the south. The specialty of the county is the narrow and inhomogeneous coastal belt, separated from the hinterland by a mountain massif. The area of ​​the County consists of two main functional and physiognomic zones: a relatively narrow longitudinal coastal zone with a cape of the open sea and nearby islands (the most important islands are Korčula, Mljet, Lastovo, the Elafite Islands and the Pelješac peninsula), and the agricultural area of ​​the Neretva valley with a gravitating coastal belt.

Dubrovnik-Neretva County is one of the smaller Croatian counties, both in terms of land area and number of inhabitants. It covers an area of ​​1,781 km2, and according to the latest official census from 2021, it has 115,862 inhabitants. The coast, 1,024 km2 long, is very indented with 306 islands, islets, rocks and reefs, and varies from sheltered coves with sandy beaches of exotic beauty to a steep coast with cliffs exposed to the open sea. The diversity of the landscape is enriched by the biological diversity of land and sea, which makes this area unique in the Mediterranean. Dubrovnik-Neretva County ranks among the above-average developed Croatian counties in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) per inhabitant. The basic characteristic of the County’s economy is that tertiary activities predominate in it, while the representation of the primary and secondary sectors is significantly smaller. It is connected by road with the A1 Ploče-Split-Zagreb highway and with other parts of Croatia, regional and local roads, Dubrovnik international airport and seaports; the passenger port of Dubrovnik and the cargo port of Ploče.

Tourism stands out as the most important branch of the county’s economy. Agriculture and fishing also represent a large potential. Agricultural areas, which are in second place in the country in terms of quality, are located in the Neretva valley, “Konavosko polje”, the Pelješac peninsula and the island of Korčula. The production of citrus fruits in the Neretva Valley is the most important in the Republic of Croatia, while fishing is developed in the Maloston Bay, the Neretva Channel and the area of ​​the islands of Mljet and Korčula. On the peninsula of Pelješac and island Korčula, a significant share of viticulture, olive growing, and shipbuilding activities are held. The tradition of wine production in the county represents historical and touristic value. In addition to agriculture, the county has renewable energy resources due to its geographical location.

[Source: Regional Development Agency Dubrovnik-Neretva County DUNEA, July 2022]

Main Indicators

GDP EUR 1.313.048.000
Population 115.564
Men 56.545
Women 59.019
Age 0-14 17.728
Age 15+ 97.836
GDP Per Capita EUR 10.714,00
Area Size km² 1.781
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics: GDP (2020), Population (2021), Area size (2021)

Gross Value Added by ActivitiesEUR

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2020

Infrastructure

Motorways km 19
Broadband Connections number and density 36.495 / 90%
Number of issued building permits 300
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics: Motorways (2021), Building permits (2022), Croatian Regulatory Agency for Network Industries: Broadband Connections (2022)

Investments

  Amount
Foreign Direct Investments million EUR 872
Source: Croatian National Bank, 1993 - 2022

Foreign Direct Investment by Activitymil. EUR

Activity Amount
Accommodation 438,90
Real estate business 244,20
Proprietary investments in real estates 101,80
Construction of buildings 75,50
Supply of electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning 23,10
Other -11,40
Source: Croatian National Bank, 1993 - 2022

Foreign Direct Investment by Countrymil. EUR

Country Amount
Sweden 250,20
Luxembourg 137,30
Switzerland 102,20
Netherlands 98,40
Italy 49,90
Other 234,10
Source: Croatian National Bank, 1993 - 2022

Gross Investment in new Fixed Assets, by Location of Investment Constructions and Types of Assets

Asset type Amount (EUR, 000)
Buildings, spaces and structures 222.235
Machinery and equipment with fittings 46.800
Transport equipment 11.029
Cultivated biological resources 1.051
Intellectual property products 1.976
Total 290.129
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022

Biggest Investors

Company Activity Website
VODOVOD DUBROVNIK d.o.o. WATER SUPPLY; WASTEWATER REMOVAL, MR. WASTE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION http://www.vodovod-dubrovnik.hr
METKOVIĆ d.o.o. WATER SUPPLY; WASTEWATER REMOVAL, MR. WASTE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION http://www.vodovod-metkovic.hr
EKO d.o.o. WATER SUPPLY; WASTEWATER REMOVAL, MR. WASTE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION http://www.eko-blato.hr
IANUS 1 d.o.o. ART, ENTERTAINMENT AND RECREATION
IZVOR PLOČE d.o.o. WATER SUPPLY; WASTEWATER REMOVAL, MR. WASTE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION http://www.izvor.com.hr
VODOVOD d.o.o. WATER SUPPLY; WASTEWATER REMOVAL, MR. WASTE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION http://www.vodovod-blato.hr
BLATO 1902 d.d. MANUFACTURING http://www.blato1902.hr
JADRANSKI LUKSUZNI HOTELI d.d. ACTIVITIES OF PROVIDING ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD PREPARATION AND SERVICE http://www.adriaticluxuryhotels.hr
ODVODNJA SLIVNO d.o.o. WATER SUPPLY; WASTEWATER REMOVAL, MR. WASTE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION http://www.opcina-slivno.hr
LIBERTAS - DUBROVNIK d.o.o. TRANSPORT AND STORAGE http://www.libertasdubrovnik.hr
Source: Financial Agency, data for 2022

Maximum Investment Incentives' Intensity according to the Investment Promotion Act

Large enterprises Medium enterprises Small and micro-enterprises
40% 50% 60%
Source: 2022-2027 Regional Aid Map for Croatia

International Trade

Export by Activity000 EUR

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022

Import by Activity000 EUR

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022

Export by Country000 EUR

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022

Import by Country000 EUR

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022

Education

Eduction level Number of pupils
Kindergartens and Other Legal Entities Implementing Preschool Education Programmes 4.907
Basic Schools, Beginning of School Year 9.718
Upper Secondary Schools, Beginning of School Year 4.238
Students Enrolled on Professional and University Study, According to Place of Permanent Residence 3.445
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022/23

Number of High School Studends Who Have Completed Their Education

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2020/2021

Number of Students and Institutions by Educational Sectors

Educational Sector Number of Institutions Number of Students
Tourism and catering 5 941
Economics, trade and business administration 5 579
Mechanical engineering, shipbuilding and metallurgy 5 389
Electrical engineering and computing 6 348
Health and social work 1 215
Transport and logisitics 2 205
Construction and geodesy 2 119
Personal, security and other services 1 95
Agriculture, food and veterinary 2 36
Textiles and leather 1 24
Graphic technology and audio-visual design 1 20
Source: Ministry of Science and Education, data for 2022/2023

Students Who Graduated From University Study or Completed Professional Studys

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2021

Students Enrolled at Institutions of Higher Education, by Scientific and Artistic Fields of Study

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2021/2022

Institutions of Higher Education and Graduated Students

Name Students who graduated from or completed university or professional study
RIT Croatia, Dubrovnik 168
Public university in Dubrovnik 326
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2021

Business Indicators of Enterprises

Activity Number of Business Entities Number of Persons Employed Average Monthly Gross Earnings per Person in Paid Employment
(EUR)
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 150 244 974
Mining and quarrying 12 185 1.365
Manufacturing 384 1.515 1.020
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 31 321 1.586
Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities 52 1.063 1.144
Construction 851 2.874 1.044
Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1.174 4.314 1.048
Transportation and storage 499 2.710 1.389
Accommodation and food service activities 1.172 5.247 1.246
Information and communication 190 573 1.469
Financial and insurance activities 16 573 1.452
Real estate activities 497 202 1.241
Professional, scientific and technical activities 687 834 1.193
Administrative and support service activities 567 1.255 1.141
Public administration and defence, compulsory social security 143 3.730 1.457
Education 116 3.793 1.386
Human health and social work activities 146 2.696 1.718
Arts, entertainment and recreation 884 1.061 1.184
Other service activities 1.720 447 1.043
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022

Unemployed

  Rate
Unemployment Rate 12,00%
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022

Unemployed by Activity

Activity Number
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 115
Mining and quarrying 9
Manufacturing 293
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 5
Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities 36
Construction 268
Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 643
Transportation and storage 272
Accommodation and food service activities 1.018
Information and communication 41
Financial and insurance activities 31
Real estate activities 27
Professional, scientific and technical activities 147
Administrative and support service activities 219
Public administration and defence, compulsory social security 422
Education 158
Human health and social work activities 142
Arts, entertainment and recreation 79
Other service activities 236
Not classified 368
Total 4.529
Source: Croatian Employment Service, data for 2022

Registered unemployed by occupation

Source: Croatian Employment Service, data for 2022

Support Institutions Contacts

Name Contact Website
Regional Development Agency Dubrovnik-Neretva County DUNEA info@dunea.hr http://www.dunea.hr/en/
Center for Entrepeneurship of Dubrovnik Neretva County czp@czp.hr http://www.czp.hr
Development Agency of the City of Dubrovnik DURA info@dura.hr http://www.dura.hr
Island of Korčula Development Agency KORA kora@korcula.hr http://www.kora.hr
Development Agency of the City of Ploče PLORA plorarazvojnaagencija@gmail.com https://plora.ploce.hr/
Development Agency of the Municipality of Orebić ORA razvojna.ora@gmail.com http://www.ra-orebic.hr
Development Agency of the Municipality of Blato BLARA blara@blato.hr https://www.blato.hr/opcina/blatska-razvojna-agencija-blara-d-o-o