Country profile

The Republic of Croatia is a unitary democratic parliamentary republic located in central and southeast Europe and has a population of over four million people. The economy relies heavily upon the service and industrial sector as well as agriculture.

Since declaring independence in 1991 Croatia has achieved a very high human development and income equality, and ranks high among central European nations in terms of education, health, quality of life and economic dynamism. Croatia provides a universal health care system and free primary and secondary education.

Croatia joined the European Union in July 2013.


Policy responses

Health inequalities have not been afforded a high amount of priority on the political agenda as the recognition of the issues involved and solutions required differs among politicians. Policy responses that have been implemented tend to be devised at the national level

An overview of policy responses addressing health inequalities in can be found in our Policy Database.


Good practices

An overview of projects and initiatives that are currently taking place or that have successfully been finalized, and that are addressing health inequality issues, can be found in our Project Database.

Key actors

Please find below an overview of key actors in Croatia working on health inequality issues:

  • Croatian National Institute of Public Health (CNIPH). The Centre covers all the aspects of communicable and non-communicable diseases, social medicine, school medicine, drug addiction prevention, environmental health and microbiology as well as risk assessments in all these areas.

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Key resources

Please find below an overview of relevant documents addressing health inequality issues in Croatia. Further publications can be found in our Publications Database.

  • Screening Report Croatia. Report of the European Commission, DG Enlargement, regarding consumer protection and public health (2007).

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