People in Venice, Italy. Editorial credit: Yulia Grigoryeva /


Italy’s parliamentary system features competitive multiparty elections. Civil liberties are generally respected, though the judicial system is undermined by long trial delays, and problems like organized crime and corruption persist. The election of a populist government in 2018 raised concerns about the rights of migrants, asylum seekers, and ethnic minorities.

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Freedom in the World — Italy Country Report

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


A young woman wearing a protective mask looks at her smartphone while passing by a grafitti representing two big watching eyes in Berlin, Germany on April 1, 2020. Illustrative Editorial (Photo by Emmanuele Contini/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Freedom on the Net— Italy Country Report

Italy is rated Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.