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On 22 March Zagreb was struck by an earthquake of magnitude 5.5 on the Richter scale with an epicentre only seven kilometres away from the city centre, damaging a part of the housing stock of the City of Zagreb. Only some ten days before the earthquake, on 11 March, the World Health Organisation proclaimed the pandemic caused by the coronavirus. The pandemic and the earthquake impacted the prices and the number of properties sold in Zagreb in the first half of 2020. The estimate of the combined impact of these two events on the mechanisms of supply, demand, and ultimately, prices of the real estate in Zagreb is based on a line of specific indicators of the real estate market constructed for that purpose by authors based on microdata of the Tax Administration on real estate transactions.

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Based on the results of the financial literacy survey conducted in 2015, the score for the Republic of Croatia (RC) was 11.7 points or 56%. According to the survey from 2019, progress was made as the score stood at 12.3 points or 59%. If analysed by components, the score was better in financial knowledge and behaviour and worse in financial attitudes. The Croatian National Bank is the institution which Croatian citizens trust the most with regard to financial literacy.

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Ana Martinis

15/9/2020 HNBlog

The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and uncertainty about its effects on the economy have refuelled fears of the depreciation of the kuna and strengthened the tendency to hold foreign currency. This has reversed the years-long downward trend of the euroisation of the banking system. If the growth of foreign currency deposits continues, it does not necessarily have to trigger depreciation pressures, as was the case in March this year, but it may reduce the availability of kuna loans because banks might turn to granting indexed loans.

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Gorana Lukinić Čardić

27/4/2020 HNBlog

The coronavirus pandemic has put strong depreciation pressures on the kuna, which prompted the Croatian National Bank to intervene in the foreign exchange market. Because of the foreign exchange sale, international reserves decreased noticeably within just a month and a half, which gave rise to concerns regarding their sufficiency. Notwithstanding the intensity of the decrease, all indicators of their adequacy show that Croatia has accumulated sufficient reserves for the continued maintenance of a stable exchange rate of the domestic currency.

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