Rijeka is Croatia’s third largest city. Located on Kvarner Bay, an inlet of the Adriatic Sea, it is the most important Croatian shipbuilding port and a conveniently placed harbour. As an industrial, administrative, cultural and university centre of the region, it serves 400,000 inhabitants.
In the past twenty years, the structure of Rijeka's economy has greatly changed, from an economy based on heavy industry to the new economy based on science and knowledge, and new technologies. The role of tourism as a tertiary activity is also very important in the local economy. Tourism, and in particular the development of its relatively new branch - health tourism, which uses high technology, creates a large number of new job opportunities.