According to a new survey by Freedom House Croatia received 85 points from a possible 100 for its overall freedom of democracy. Freedom House complies an annual list for the levels of democracy across the globe. The American institution is a democracy and civil liberties watchdog and in their latest report democracy across the world is in decline.
Croatia fared relatively well in the latest report with a score of 85 from a possible 100. The highest ranked countries in the world were Norway, Sweden and Finland who all received a maximum 100 from 100 points. They were followed by Canada and the Netherlands with 99 points and Uruguay, Australia, Luxembourg and New Zealand with 98 points.
As far as Croatia’s direct neighbours are concerned only Slovenia ranked higher with 94 points. Serbia recorded 67 points, Montenegro 65, Macedonia 59 points, Bosnia and Herzegovina only 53 points and Hungary 70 points.
The lowest ranked countries in the world were Syria, the only country to record zero points, Tibet only 1 point and Turkmenistan, South Sudan and Eritrea with 2 points.
The report, titled Freedom in the World 2019, measured the state of democratic values using a series of indicators for 195 countries and 14 territories around the world. Based on their overall weighted scores, countries are categorised as either Not Free, Partly Free, or Free, and also ranked based on their individual scores from 0 to 100.
"In 2018, Freedom in the World recorded the 13th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. The reversal has spanned a variety of countries in every region, from long-standing democracies like the United States to consolidated authoritarian regimes like China and Russia. The overall losses are still shallow compared with the gains of the late 20th century, but the pattern is consistent and ominous. Democracy is in retreat," the report said.