You can choose your type of business based on the following criteria

Nature of business

The decision depends on planned business activities.

The amount of available capital

When establishing legal entities of certain types, the founder of a legal entity must have certain amount of the authorised capital.


The amount of taxes directly depends on the form of activities a person has chosen.

The degree of personal liability

If a person intends to limit his liability for business failures with his personal or family property, he or she should choose a legal entity of limited civil liability.

The number of founders 

If there are several or more interested persons wishing to jointly conduct business activities, they should establish a legal entity for these business activities.

The degree of complexity  of business activities 

For example, conducting individual activities is easier than having a company, because there is no management structure or need to perform other formalities necessary for legal entities.

Types of companies available in Croatia

A d.o.o. is the equivalent of a limited liability company, and is the most common business in Croatia. A d.o.o. can be owned by one or multiple persons.  To set up the company, 20.000 HRK in minimum share capital requirement.

A j.d.o.o. is similar to a d.o.o. and typically used for companies with limited share capital. To set up the company, 10 HRK in minimum share capital requirement.

An obrt is not a company in the traditional sense and is instead connected to a specific person and the type of “craft” in which they specialize. For example, locksmiths, hairstylists, and carpenters would all fall into this category.

An udruga is for a non-profit organization, whose primary function is to “protect their interests or for the protection of human rights and freedoms, as well as environmental, humanitarian, informational, cultural, national, pro-natalist, educational, social, professional, sporting, technical, medical, scientific or other beliefs and goals”. To start an udruga, you must have a minimum of 3 persons.

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Limited liability companySimple limited liability companySole trader/craft NGO- Association
Number of persons required for incorporation1+1-513
Non-residents may incorporate++++
The person incorporating are liable with own property--+-
Subject to Personal Income Tax and MSSIC--+-
Profit distributionA part is paid as dividendsA part is paid as dividendsIncome-
ManagementShareholders’ meeting and the boardShareholders’ meeting and the boardThe owner takes decisions unilaterallyShareholders’ (general assembly) meeting and presidency body
Notary fee and state fee for registration400 EUR150 EUR50,00 EUR5 EUR

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