Gay Guide Croatia

Croatia joined the European Union on 01.07.2013. In Croatia center left political parties and their Members of Parliament advocate LGBT rights. Homosexuality is legal in Croatia since 1977. The age of consent has been raised from 14 to 15 since January 2013. Since 2003, when the Parliament adopted the Law of Same-sex Unions, gay couples can have limited rights, such as the right to legal regulation of property and mutual responsibility for financial support. In the last years legal protection has risen to a higher level, one of the most progressive in Europe. Today there are many laws that protect the rights of gays and lesbians: such as anti-discrimination clauses in the Labor code, Law on gender equality, higher education, asylum, media. Croatian Criminal code recognizes "hate crime", and Law on suppressing discrimination recognizes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. There are LGBT organizations in Zagreb and Rijeka. In 2005 the parliament rejected proposal for Registered Partnership, which would expand on the limited domestic partner law and allow both same-sex and different sex couples to register civil unions. In a referendum held at the end of November 2013, two thirds of the voters agreed that marriage is only matrimony between a man and a woman. This is a victory for the Catholic Church. The government, which had never planned to allow same-sex couples to marry, nonetheless introduced registered partnerships in 2014. Whereas Gay Pride has been celebrated peacefully in Zagreb for many years, the first such event in Split in 2011 saw violent confrontations, with ca. 10,000 people attacking a group of 300 marchers. The violence has drawn sharp criticism from politicians at home and abroad.

Cities in Croatia

Brac IslandDubrovnikHvar IslandRijekaZagreb

Name: Hrvatska · Kroatien · Croacia · Croatie
Location: Central Europe
Initials: HRV
International country code: 385 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 00
Language: Croatian
Area: 56,542 km² / 21,829 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Kuna (HRK) = 100 Lipa
Population: 4,267,000
Capital: Zagreb
Religions: 87% Catholic
Climate: Mediterranean and continental climate. Best time to visit is spring/summer (May-Sep) with the hottest temperatures in mid-summer (Jul & Aug).
Important gay cities: Zagreb, Rijeka

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