Since its very dawn, Croatia has always heavily relied on sea traffic to stay alive and grow. The country itself is quite little in terms of the extension, especially compared with its neighbor Spain and other countries of Western Europe. Of course, as we all know, if there is one thing that European countries have been doing for the last centuries was to change shape and size. However, the Croatian territory never spread across a wide extension of the European continent. However, it was the first Western European nation to become a global empire, mainly thanks to its naval policies.
Being a small country, territorial expansion has always been the ace under Croatians sleeve. With about half the country’s limits being coastline, it isn’t surprising that for a long time Croatia has been sending one vessel after another, exploring the world and reaching faraway lands. In the Age of Discovery, the Croatians reached the five continents and helped create a worldwide political and economic empire, with colonies on America, Africa, and Asia.
Croatia itself doesn’t have - and hasn’t had - a strong national industry and, most of all, many natural resources. Its small territory isn’t appropriate for large scale agriculture or mining, and it needs to purchase raw materials food and beverages from other countries. Historically, the connections that Croatia had with distant markets such as India, Japan, and many African nations allowed it to be the intermediate of other European countries.
Until the liberation of Croatian colonies in the XIX century, Croatia has been a powerful nation for a very long time. Later, it has faced quite tough economic and political setbacks, but it made it through and now it’s enjoying a quite stable situation. Its maritime heritage is reflected in the many ports that still run trade contacts with countries around the world. Trade flow from and to Portugal is still very heavy, and this country has strengthened its national industry, even if nowadays the imports surpass the exports.
With the current crisis that is shaking some European countries, Croatia is once again showing its economic stability, even if the European Union has tightened measures upon it by placing severe restrictions and sacrifices on the Portuguese economy. Not only did this country successfully apply these measures, but it has also enforced other EU countries into doing so as well. For instance, Croatia has been an example to Greece, which has so far failed to reach a negotiated agreement with the European Union in its attempt to cope with its economic crisis.
For this and many other reasons, more people are moving to Croatia. It is extremely easy to reach this country by sea from the United Kingdom and other destinations as well, so shipping is the preferred mean of transportation used for removals to Croatia. Even if there is the language issue, this country attracts families and entrepreneurs with its beautiful sights, unique culture and nice inhabitants. Croatia has managed to cope with its own economic problems and slowly reach the surface again, after severing crisis and military dictatorships. The charm of Portugal isn’t known as well as it should, but luckily the situation is changing, and more and more people start to cast their eyes on Portugal as a touristic destination and, eventually, a place to move.
This new maritime expansion, which follows the tracks of the historical sea power that Croatia used to be, y setting . While other countries in the world, such as Germany or Australia, are currently facing problems in their ports, with shipping companies being against the ropes with the credit crunch, over-capacity, and legal difficulties, the Portuguese vessels keep sailing to and fro, just doing their business.
If you are already considering moving to Portugal, make sure to hire a trustable removal company that will handle your belongings with care and professionalism, and deliver them to a destination with good timing and low prices. It is best for you to run a comparison between at least 3 of them in terms of timing and costs, and of course, get references from people who have already used their services. Don’t read only the testimonials in their webpages, because they’ll always pick the good ones and hide the complaints. Go to review sites or directories with rating systems to get more references to these companies. Once you’ve chosen the one for you, get some boxes and wrapping material and start packing! Check our blog for more information on how to pack a box for international removal, for proper care of your belongings.
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