People in Zagreb, Croatia. Editorial credit: Subodh Agnihotri /


Croatia is a parliamentary republic that regularly holds free elections. Civil and political rights are generally respected, though corruption in the public sector is a serious issue. The Roma and ethnic Serbs face discrimination, as do LGBT+ people. In recent years, concerns about the presence of far-right groups and figures espousing discriminatory values in public life have increased.

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Freedom in the World — Croatia Country Report

Croatia is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

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Nations in Transit — Croatia Country Report

Categorized as a Semi-Consolidated Democracy, Croatia receives a Democracy Percentage of 54 out of 100 in the Nations in Transit 2021 report.