Pristina, Kosovo. Editorial credit: Bas van den Heuvel /


Kosovo holds credible and relatively well-administered elections, but its institutions remain weak, and rampant corruption has given rise to deep public distrust in the government. Journalists face serious pressure, and risk being attacked in connection with their reporting. The rule of law is inhibited by executive interference in the judiciary.

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Freedom in the World — Kosovo Country Report

Kosovo is rated Partly 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 — Kosovo Country Report

Categorized as a Transitional or Hybrid regime, Kosovo scored 36 out of 100 in the Nations in Transit 2021 report.