The Croatian welfare system comprises three
main areas: pensions, health care and unemployment
benefits. Social security systems are relatively well
developed but do not cover all needs.
The retirement age has gradually increased and is now
62 years for women and 65 for men. For women, age is
gradually increased so that they too will work to 65 by
2030. Plans are being made to raise the retirement age
further for everyone, to 67, even though there are
protests against that decision (see Calendar).
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Health care is free of charge for anyone under 15,
pregnant women, disabled people and pensioners. Child
allowance is paid until the child reaches the age of 15.
The amount varies depending on household income.
There is also special support for poor and war
Discrimination on grounds of sex is prohibited by
law. Despite this, women earn less than men and they are
more affected by unemployment. Only 13 percent of
Parliament's members are women after the 2016 election.
Minority groups, especially Roma and Croatians, are
subject to discrimination. According to Amnesty
International, Croatian Serbs, among other things, find
it more difficult to get public employment.
LGBTQ people are also a vulnerable group, although
the situation has improved.
A partnership law gives gay couples the same rights
as married, with the exception of adoption. The law was
passed after a conservative Catholic organization
succeeded in pushing through a 2013 referendum to
include a ban on same-sex marriage in the constitution.
The Constitutional Court ruled in 2020 that gay couples
have the right to be foster parents, which was welcomed
by rights groups but criticized by conservative forces.
Abortion is allowed until the tenth week of
pregnancy, according to a law from the communist era.
Since independence, conservative groups with the support
of the Catholic Church have been running a campaign
against abortion. Since 2003, doctors can choose not to
perform abortions for "conscience reasons". More than
half of the doctors who could perform abortions now
refuse to do so, according to a 2019 survey.
FACTS - SOCIAL CONDITIONS
4 per 1000 births (2018)
Percentage of HIV infected
0.1 percent (2018)
Proportion of HIV infected among young women
0.1 percent (2018)
Proportion of HIV infected among young men
0.1 percent (2018)
Proportion of population with access to clean
99.6 percent (2015)
Proportion of the population having access to
96.5 percent (2017)
Public expenditure on health care as a
percentage of GDP
7.4 percent (2015)
Public expenditure on health care per person
US $ 884 (2016)
Proportion of women in parliament
19 percent (2018)
Ex-Prime Minister Sanader is convicted of corruption
20th of November
Ivo Sanader is sentenced to ten years in prison and five million euros in
fines. He was convicted partly of having "shot himself at war" and received
bribes from the Austrian bank Hypo in 1994, and partly for receiving millions
from the Hungarian oil company MOL 2009, when he was prime minister. MOL must
have paid to acquire a majority share of the Croatian oil company INA.
Generals are released from war crimes convictions
Gotovina and Markač (see April 2011) are acquitted by the
Appellate Chamber of the UN War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, with the votes
being 3-2. The acquittal is greeted with cheers by thousands of people waiting
for a big-screen TV in Zagreb on the message, and the two receive a hero
reception when they return to their homeland. "I think it's fair that the boys
are back home," is Prime Minister Zoran Milanović's comment. The court's former
chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte, on the other hand, expresses regret over the
Big protest against the government
Public servants embark on a large demonstration against wage cuts and other
austerity measures. It is the first comprehensive protest against the barely
year-old left-wing government.
New party leader in HDZ
Jadranka Kosor is replaced by Tomislav Karamarko as leader of the severely
crisis-hit former HDZ party.
Yes to EU membership
Just over 66 percent say in a referendum yes to the accession treaty that
Croatia signed with the EU in December, but only 44 percent of voters take part
in the vote.