Although Croatia is the most expensive of the Balkan nations and the former Yugoslavian republics, it’s one of the least expensive nations in the EU. The coastal cities are rather expensive, but rural areas and inland cities such as Zagreb, the capital, are much cheaper.
If you’re old enough, you might remember memorizing Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in that order as the U.S.S.R.’s Baltic Republics. Today, the Baltic Republics are democratic nations and members of NATO. Lithuania is one of the cheaper nations to live in.