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Croatia’s economy is mostly dependent on Zagreb, with metal, electrical, textile, chemical, pharmaceuticals, printing, food, drink and wood processing and leather industries concentrated in the city. Zagreb is considered as the junction of trade between Central and East Europe and a very important business centre.
If we compare the average income of a Croatian national, then he is much richer than most other East European nationals, but comparatively poorer to the West. In July 2008, the average salary of a Croatian national in Zagreb was 6,228 kuna (about $1,356), much more than the Croatian average of 5,234 kuna (about $1,140).
In 2006 the average unemployment rate in Zagreb was 8.6% which was half of national average.
Zagreb is the richest city in Croatia with highest GDP per capita of $ 19,132 compared to the Croatian average of $ 10,431.
Most of industrial and service sector is clustered in Zagreb as 34% companies have their headquarters in the city. 38.4% of the Croatian working class works in Zagreb which includes banks, transport companies, tour and travel companies etc.
Zagreb contribution to Croatian is immense as it accounts for its 52% of its total turnover, 60% of total profit and 37% of Croatian exports.