Split-Dalmatia County Download as PDF

The Split-Dalmatia County is the largest Croatian county with a total area of 14,106 km2, of which the sea amounts to 9,566 km2 (or 30.8% of the whole Croatian sea area).

The County has excellent predispositions for the development of all kinds of transport due to being situated at the intersection of road, rail, and sea routes of national and international importance. The exceptional position at the natural crossroads and the well-developed coastline made a solid foundation for the development of the shipbuilding industry, which has traditionally been one of the most significant local industries, with two of the large shipyards situated in the cities of Split and Trogir. At the same time, the rich sea resources stimulated the development of both fishery and food processing industry (mostly fish processing and processing of Mediterranean agricultural products, such as olive oil, jams, spreads, honey, traditional cakes, and liquors). Paralleling the County’s strong development as a tourist destination is the industrial development, most prominently in the business zones located throughout the County, and including the production of car parts, as well as metal and electric components production.

In addition to the skilled workforce employed in shipbuilding, processing industry, production of parts for automotive industry and the ICT sector, there are 22,000 students as well as 1,100 teachers, scientists and researchers at the University of Split.

Over the last several years, the Split-Dalmatia County has been recording strong growth in tourism traffic. The motorway connecting Split with both the continental part of Croatia (and its capital Zagreb) and the south of the country (the city of Dubrovnik), as well as the development of air traffic, accompanied by newly-introduced, numerous low-cost flights,
resulted in an expansion of a number of (mostly foreign) tourists. This growth was followed by both the construction and renovation of many hotels and other types of accommodation facilities, both on the coastline, as well as on many islands in Split archipelago, most notable of which are the islands of Brač, Šolta, Hvar, and Čiovo.

The Split-Dalmatia County has also been recognized as an important ICT hub. The rapid development of ICT projects and companies (currently: more than 300 business entities) was followed by the ICT COUNTY project which aims to further strengthen the sector through the following activities:

• The Educational Centre EDIT COUNTY popularizes the programming activities in primary and secondary schools, continuously educates programmers in its PICS Training Centre, and offers lectures and workshops about the new technologies.
• The Pre-Incubational IT Center supports the student projects and students entrepreneurship and has established a PICS@FESB Student Coworking and Training Center of local IT companies for the students.
• The County IT Center that has an IT Incubator and coworking space for the local IT community with 12 offices, conference hall and all necessary equipment available.
The ICT County plans to extend its activities in financing and supporting the IT programs and activities, as well as conferences, R&D activities and innovations. Special attention will be given to the synergy between the IT and the tourism sector through the development of IT tourism and encouraging the local IT solutions for tourism.

[Source: Public Institution RERA S.D. for coordination and development of the Split-Dalmatia County, July 2022]

Main Indicators

GDP EUR 4.160.493.000
Population 423.407
Men 205.299
Women 218.108
Age 0-14 62.619
Age 15+ 360.788
GDP Per Capita EUR 9.302,00
Area Size km² 4.540
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 131
Broadband Connections number and density 135.845 / 89%
Number of issued building permits 990
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 2.869
Source: Croatian National Bank, 1993 - 2022

Foreign Direct Investment by Activitymil. EUR

Activity Amount
Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding 995,50
Proprietary investments in real estates 700,80
Accommodation 438,30
Construction of buildings 97,10
Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products 91,20
Other 546,40
Source: Croatian National Bank, 1993 - 2022

Foreign Direct Investment by Countrymil. EUR

Country Amount
Hungary 1.034,90
France 889,00
Germany 250,10
United Kingdom 195,60
Bosnia & Herzegovina 147,90
Other 351,70
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 457.217
Machinery and equipment with fittings 208.600
Transport equipment 98.376
Cultivated biological resources 4.673
Intellectual property products 18.253
Total 802.358
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022

Biggest Investors

Company Activity Website
TOMMY d.o.o. WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE; REPAIR OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND MOTORCYCLES http://www.tommy.hr
VODOVOD I KANALIZACIJA, d.o.o. WATER SUPPLY; WASTEWATER REMOVAL, MR. WASTE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION http://www.vik-split.hr
HVARSKI VODOVOD d.o.o. WATER SUPPLY; WASTEWATER REMOVAL, MR. WASTE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION http://www.hvarskivodovod.hr
TOMMY 1992 d.o.o. REAL ESTATE BUSINESS
JADROPLOV d.d. TRANSPORT AND STORAGE http://www.jadroplov.hr
STUDENAC d.o.o. WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE; REPAIR OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND MOTORCYCLES http://www.studenac.hr
VODOVOD I ODVODNJA CETINSKE KRAJINE, d.o.o. WATER SUPPLY; WASTEWATER REMOVAL, MR. WASTE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION http://www.viock.hr
HELIOS FAROS d.d. ACTIVITIES OF PROVIDING ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD PREPARATION AND SERVICE http://www.heliosfaros.hr
WESTGATE TOWER d.o.o. ACTIVITIES OF PROVIDING ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD PREPARATION AND SERVICE http://www.westgategroup.hr
OMIAL NOVI d.o.o. MANUFACTURING http://www.aluflexpack.com
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 15.804
Basic Schools, Beginning of School Year 35.029
Upper Secondary Schools, Beginning of School Year 17.886
Students Enrolled on Professional and University Study, According to Place of Permanent Residence 13.847
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 16 2.236
Economics, trade and business administration 9 1.989
Mechanical engineering, shipbuilding and metallurgy 12 1.525
Electrical engineering and computing 10 1.349
Transport and logistics 4 1.136
Health and social work 3 1.027
Personal, security and other services 8 698
Construction and geodesy 3 684
Agriculture, food and veterinary 2 434
Graphic technology and audio-visual design 3 365
Geology, mining, petroleum and chemical technology 2 204
Forestry, wood processing and wood processing 2 140
Textiles and leather 1 112
Source: Ministry of Science and Education, data for 2022/23

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
College of Inspection and Personnel Maritime Management, Split 29
College of Management and Design Aspira, Split 68
Faculty of Economics, Split 609
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Split 547
Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy, Split 220
Faculty of Chemistry and Technology, Split 127
Faculty of Kinesiology, Split 171
Faculty of Law, Split 322
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Split 382
University of Split – University Department of Professional Studies 441
Faculty of Medicine, Split 167
Faculty of Maritime Studies, Split 208
Faculty of Science, Split 186
University Department for Forensic Sciencies, Split 46
University Department for Maritime Studies, Split 41
University Department for Health Studies, Split 128
Catholic Theological Faculty, Split 39
Arts Academy, Split 133
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 474 1.226 1.039
Mining and quarrying 67 270 1.228
Manufacturing 2.278 13.213 1.211
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 126 1.193 1.673
Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities 120 2.521 1.284
Construction 3.678 10.573 1.080
Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 5.139 21.125 1.114
Transportation and storage 1.503 6.144 1.289
Accommodation and food service activities 3.780 8.812 1.083
Information and communication 952 2.696 1.888
Financial and insurance activities 122 2.773 1.610
Real estate activities 1.713 617 1.209
Professional, scientific and technical activities 2.933 4.739 1.367
Administrative and support service activities 1.989 4.124 1.020
Public administration and defence, compulsory social security 263 9.495 1.495
Education 484 13.784 1.448
Human health and social work activities 477 9.782 1.698
Arts, entertainment and recreation 2.555 3.090 1.242
Other service activities 4.946 1.876 1.039
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022

Unemployed

  Rate
Unemployment Rate 13,80%
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, data for 2022

Unemployed by Activity

Activity Number
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 338
Mining and quarrying 37
Manufacturing 2.165
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 9
Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities 148
Construction 1.507
Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 3.081
Transportation and storage 960
Accommodation and food service activities 3.116
Information and communication 211
Financial and insurance activities 156
Real estate activities 125
Professional, scientific and technical activities 742
Administrative and support service activities 1.121
Public administration and defence, compulsory social security 1.315
Education 789
Human health and social work activities 633
Arts, entertainment and recreation 344
Other service activities 1.163
Not classified 3.205
Total 21.165
Source: Croatian Employment Service, data for 2022

Registered unemployed by occupation

Source: Croatian Employment Service, data for 2022

Support Institutions Contacts

Name Contact Website
Public institution RERA S.D. for Coordination and Development of the Split-Dalmatia County JU RERA S.D. ana.bulicic@rera.hr http://www.rera.hr/