The languages of the Balkan region, with the exception of Turkish, are Indo-European in origin and include Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Romanian and Slovene.
The largest economies in the region are Romania and Bulgaria respectively. As a member state of the European Union, Romania has the largest economy in the region and is characterized by a highly skilled work force and attracting a large amount of foreign direct investment. Bulgaria has also attracted a great deal of inward investment and also has a skilled labor force.
Slovenia, a member of the EU, has a stable economy and enjoys a relatively high standard of living, especially compared to other countries of the region.
Croatia suffered a great deal during the financial crisis of 2008-2009, though has improved since that time, becoming a member of the EU in 2013.
The remaining former Yugoslavian countries and Albania have undergone economic reform and migrating to more open economies, though greatly slowed by strife in the region back in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Command of English varies from country to country, though it is important to translate all product and service content and communications into these languages in order to do business effectively in the region.
Gateway Globalization has high quality, subject matter expert translators, particularly for Bulgarian, Romanian, Croatian and Slovenian to ensure both cultural and linguistic appropriateness.
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