Croatia Local Elections: May 16, 2021

The Old City Hall in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, where the city’s local government meets. Local elections in Croatia will take place on May 16, 2021. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Suradnik13 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Freedom House Rating

Government Type
Parliamentary Republic
4.2 million
Local Elections
May 16, 2021
Parliamentary Elections
July 2024 (due)
Presidential Election
December 2024 (due)
Snap Parliamentary Elections
July 5, 2020
Presidential Election
December 22, 2019 (Second round: January 5, 2020)
Local Elections
May 21, 2017 (Second round: June 4, 2017)

Croatia has scheduled local elections for May 16, 2021.

Political Context

Since Croatia’s declaration of independence in 1991 and the subsequent breakup of Yugoslavia, Croatia has held regular elections.

Croatia has a number of political parties. The two biggest are the conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP). The parties have alternated stints in power. On the one hand, SDP currently holds the presidency, and on the other hand, HDZ heads the government coalition.

Geopolitical Context

Croatia is a member of NATO and the European Union.

Curated News and Analysis

Sven Milekic, Balkan Insight (February 17, 2021): Zoran Milanovic: Croatia’s Jekyll and Hyde

Anja Vladisavljevic, Balkan Insight (July 5, 2020): Conservatives Win Croatia Election, First Results Show

Joe Orovic and Patrick Kingsley, New York Times (July 5, 2020): Croatian Prime Minister’s Gamble on Early Elections Pays Off.

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Updated February 21, 2021

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