12 Towns and 33 Municipalities Have Higher Income than Zagreb

By 14 October 2018

ZAGREB, October 14, 2018 - Last year, the City of Zagreb generated an income of 6.57 billion kuna, or 42% of the total income generated by all the towns in the country, with income per capita amounting to 8,177 kuna, while in 12 towns and as many as 33 municipalities income per capita was higher than in Zagreb, according to an article in the latest newsletter issued by the Institute for Public Finances (IJF).

The article, citing Finance Ministry data, analysed the 2017 budgets of 20 counties, 128 towns and 428 municipalities with regard to income and expenditure as well as budget surpluses or deficits (per capita and overall).

It noted that no major oscillations were observed in average total income per capita in local government units in the 2014-2017 period. An increase in average income was noticed at the county level as was an increase in average income per capita at the municipality level.

In 2017, the highest average total income was generated by counties (202 million kuna), followed by towns, including Zagreb (123 million kuna), towns without Zagreb (72 million kuna), and municipalities (9 million kuna).

In terms of average income per capita, towns were in the lead, with average income per capita in towns including Zagreb of 4,314 kuna and in towns without Zagreb of 4,284 kuna. They were followed by municipalities (3,863 kuna) and counties (1,319 kuna).

The analysis showed that 12 towns and as many as 33 municipalities generated higher incomes per capita than Zagreb (8,177 kuna). As many as two-thirds of the municipalities and 60% of the towns had a lower than average income per capita.