Why DNA Croatia?

The DNA Team 

Meet the Change-Makers leading the charge, and making Croatia your #1 choice as a digital nomad.

Jan de Jong

President of DNA Croatia

Entrepreneur who championed the policy change to welcome digital nomads to Croatia

Tanja Polegubic

Co–founder of DNA Croatia

Croatian co-working sector pioneer with extensive international travel and remote working experience, runs event, meet ups and networking for digital nomads

Karmela Tancabel

Co-founder of DNA Croatia

Holds decades of international business and high-profile NGO experience, and has a long track record of success putting Croatia onto the global map of exquisite wine destinations.

Who we are

The Digital Nomad Association (DNA) Croatia is a member-based organisation formed in December 2020, in the lead up to policy changes to the residency and tax status of digital nomads in Croatia, effective 1 January 2021.

Our founders:

Our founders are experienced in working within the public and private sector in Croatia and internationally. Together, our efforts have championed legislation changes, shared insights into the needs of digital nomads and service providers and ensured the smooth running of an association of national importance, especially given the economic and social impacts of COVID-19. See the DNA Team here.

Our supporters:

The association is supported by large corporate donors, city councils and Croatian ministries, namely MUP, Health, Finance and Tourism. It is also supported by everyday Croatians who welcome digital nomads through their products, services and community contribution. See our growing list of supporters here.

What we do

We bring together citizens, the public and private sector to best serve the interests of our communities and digital nomads in Croatia.

We help policy makers, institutions, regions, the private sector and everyday citizens adapt to and best serve digital nomads. We take a sustainable approach, ensuring the needs of national interest are met – while serving the digital nomad lifestyle we want digital nomads in Croatia to enjoy – and invite their friends to experience!

We have five areas of focus:


Provide information for matters related to digital nomads via our website and other channels.


Facilitate knowledge sharing presentations delivered by DNA nomads in schools, universities and businesses with our upcoming Rent A Nomad corporate program.


Build community through an event program across all regions of Croatia and connect digital nomads to select social and environmental impact programs.


Later in 2021, we will launch our certification system where members (public and private sector) and nomads will adhere to DNA’s code of conduct, as it relates to the relevant sector (eg. tenant and landlord protection, city commitment to supporting digital nomads, etc).


Represent digital nomads and businesses on issues and be their voice to government and where applicable, legal matters.

We would love to hear from you!

Our mission

We’re DNA Croatia.

We help ensure the digital nomad experience in Croatia is the best it can be for everyone.

  1. “Croatia was among the first countries in the world to update its legislation and offer a 1 year residency permit especially for digital nomads to enjoy easier, longer, legal and tax-free stays in Croatia.”

Croatia is an ideal location for digital nomads, location independent professionals and lifestyle for remote workers. We hope you join us today! 

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Our vision

Why choose Croatia as your #1 digital nomad destination?

Croatia is an ideal location for digital nomads, location independent professionals and lifestyle for remote workers.

  • Safety
  • Affordability
  • Mediterranean climate
  • great access to Europe and the world
  • rich history
  • diverse natural wonders
  • hospitality
  • quality, affordable healthcare.
  • Talented workforce and strongest English language speaking countries in the EU. (source).

The DNA mission is to promote Croatia as a prime digital nomad destination in line with all these incredible assets Croatia has to offer, and to be a bridge between incoming digital nomads and Croatian businesses and institutions ready to welcome them.