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Credits: Leonarda Tikvica
Capital: Zagreb
Population: 4,065,253
Language(s): Croatian
Currency: Croatian kuna (kn/HRK)
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Learn how to participate in national and European Parliament elections while studying abroad as a citizen from Croatia. Check out the table below for document requirements, registration procedures, and useful links.

  • Voting is not mandatory
  • Minimum age required to vote: 18

How can I vote from abroad?

by proxy

This voting mode is not available.


This voting mode is not available.

by post

This voting mode is not available.

from the embassy

This voting mode is available.

  • Upfront registration required
  • Required documents:
    • request for pre-registration 
    • request to change the place of previous registration
    • proof of identity (ID card or a passport) to be presented on the election day to the competent authority 

    More info at this link.

  • Digital request allowed

European Parliament elections

Croatian citizens permanently or temporarily living abroad have the right to vote in person in the European elections at polling stations in the Croatian diplomatic-consular offices in the foreign countries in which they are located or in some other manner as specified by law. Prior registration or confirmation for the purpose of voting outside their place of domicile is required.

  • Upfront registration required
  • Registration deadline:
  • Minimum age required to vote in the EU elections: 18

Cost of living

a room in a 3 bedrooms shared flat in the city centre 1658kn/month
a meal 60kn
a cappuccino 10.97kn

These are average costs of living for Croatia. Costs can differ accross cities and locations. For more details, you can check numbeo website.


Rank Value
Rainbow Index 19 45.73

Rainbow Europe, 2021.

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Rainbow Europe

Rainbow Europe by ILGA-Europe illustrates the legal and policy situation of LGBTI people in Europe. It ranks all 49 European countries on a scale between 0% (gross violations of human rights, discrimination) and 100% (respect of human rights, full equality), on the basis of laws and policies that have a direct impact on the LGBTI people’s human rights in under 6 categories: equality and non-discrimination; family; hate crime and hate speech; legal gender recognition and bodily integrity; civil society space; and asylum.


The is the European platform about inclusion and support services offered by higher education institutions, national agencies, and ministries for education to international students. In its current version, the platform aims to provide to students with disabilities all the information they need to study abroad.

Quality of life

Rank Value
Human Development Index 43 0.851
World Press Freedom Index 56 27.95

HDI, 2019.
WPFI, 2021.

Human Development Index

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a statistic composite index of life expectancy, education, and per capita income indicators, which are used to rank countries into four tiers of human development. A country scores a higher HDI when the lifespan is higher, the education level is higher, and the gross national income GNI (PPP) per capita is higher.

World Press Freedom Index

The World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation between states, published every year by Reporters Without Borders. It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country.

ESN sections supporting international students

  • ESN Dubrovnik
  • ESN Osijek
  • ESN Rijeka
  • ESN Split
  • ESN Zadar
  • ESN Zagreb
  • ESN Čakovec

Higher education institutions

  • Veleuciliste u Bjelovaru (Bjelovar)
  • Medimursko Veleuciliste u Cakovcu (Čakovec)
  • Sveuciliste u Dubrovniku (Dubrovnik)
  • Rit Croatia (Dubrovnik)
  • Libertas International University (Zagreb)
  • Sveuciliste u Zagrebu (Zagreb)
  • Rrif Visoka Skola za Financijski Menadzment (Zagreb)
  • Zdravstveno Veleuciliste (Zagreb)
  • Tehnicko Veleuciliste u Zagrebu (Zagreb)
  • Zagrebacka Skola Ekonomije i Managementa (Zagreb)
  • Europska Poslovna Skola Zagreb (Zagreb)
  • Visoko Uciliste Algebra (Zagreb)
  • Effectus Studij Financije i Pravo - Visoko Uciliste (Zagreb)
  • Hrvatsko Katolicko Sveuciliste (Zagreb)
  • Visoka Skola za Informacijske Tehnologije (Zagreb)
  • Poslovno Veleuciliste Zagreb (Zagreb School of Business) (Zagreb)
  • Edward Bernays University College of Communication Management (Zagreb)
  • Policijska Akademija (Zagreb)
  • Sveuciliste Vern (Zagreb)
  • Veleuciliste Nikola Tesla u Gospicu (Gospić)
  • Veleuciliste u Karlovcu (Karlovac)
  • Veleuciliste Marko Marulic (Knin)
  • Visoko Gospodarsko Uciliste u Krizevcima (Križevci)
  • Sveuciliste Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku (Osijek)
  • Visoko Evandeosko Teolosko Uciliste (Osijek)
  • Veleuciliste u Pozegi (Požega)
  • Sveuciliste Jurja Dobrile u Puli (Pula)
  • Istarsko Veleuciliste - Universita Istriana Di Scienze Applicate (Pula)
  • Sveuciliste u Rijeci (Rijeka)
  • Veleuciliste u Rijeci (Rijeka)
  • Visoka Poslovna Skola Par (Rijeka)
  • Veleuciliste u Sibeniku (Šibenik)
  • Sveuciliste u Slavonskom Brodu (Slavonski Brod)
  • Veleuciliste u Slavonskom Brodu (Slavonski Brod)
  • Sveuciliste u Splitu (Split)
  • Visoka Skola za Menadzment i Dizajn Aspira (Split)
  • Visoka Skola za Inspekcijski i Kadrovski Menadzment (Split)
  • Visoka Skola Arca (Split)
  • Sveuciliste Sjever (Koprivnica)
  • Veleuciliste u Virovitici (Virovitica)
  • College of Applied Sciences Lavoslav Ruzicka in Vukovar (Vukovar)
  • Sveuciliste u Zadru (Zadar)
  • Veleuciliste Velika Gorica (Velika Gorica)
  • Veleuciliste s Pravom Javnosti Baltazar Zapresic (Zapresic)
  • Veleuciliste Hrvatsko Zagorje Krapina (Krapina)
  • Visoka Skola Ivanic-Grad (Ivanic-Grad)

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