I was born in Croatia, so a bit bias, but I love it there. I am 30+ years from retirement but if I had the means to retire today I would retire there.
- Part of the EU; modern highways/roads.
- Solid serious health care (ICUs in larger cities can go toe to toe with ICUs here) plus cheap private health care. You can literally see a specialist in a matter of days for less than $200.
- No terrorism threats, very low crime, almost no homeless people, very few hungry people.
- Condos (mid-grade and up) are built like tanks....this is my place in Zagreb. The partion walls are solid block, none of this staggered stud wall crap...plus check out the porcelain tilled garage -> http://markojuras.com/zagreb-condo/
- Food is great and fresh
- If you are on the coast in a place like Split or Dubrovnik winter weather is solid. A bit too hot in the summer.
- Easy to get to anywhere in Europe by plane.
The bad would be bureaucracy is annoying (like dealing with paperwork to get a driver's licence for example) and getting crap done like renovations, etc., is a pain. Also, small country too so the expat communities would be super small and unless in three of the bigger cities it is pretty dead in the winter time.
Sounds good, maybe a little more difficult to get to and from. We were supposed to go to Split on a cruise once but the weather was too bad. Is English widely spoken or quite limited?