Croatia: nutrition policy snapshot

This snapshot presents strengths and weaknesses of national nutrition policy actions in Croatia. Compare Croatia with other European countries in our NOURISHING policy index.

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Croatia implements nutrition and diet-related policy actions in 8 out of the 10 policy areas of the NOURISHING framework. No policy area received higher than a moderate assessment. This assessment was seen in nutrition labelling (N1), food standards in public settings (O), using economic tools to address food affordability and purchase incentives (U), limits or removal of specific nutrients in food products (I1), and increasing public awareness of healthy eating through communication campaigns (I2).

There was a lack of sugar-sweetened beverage provisions in schools and of regulations on food availability within the school vicinity which impacted otherwise well-designed standards on school food and food in other out-of-education locations (O). Weaknesses and gaps were seen in public awareness on nutrition (I2), nutrition advice and counselling in schools and primary care settings (N2), and nutrition education (G).

Action is needed to improve retail environments (S) and to ensure coherence between food systems and health (H). Further, greater action also needs to be taken to limit marketing of unhealthy food to young people (R), beyond existing regulations on broadcast advertising which also need strengthening.

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Croatia’s result

This country snapshot presents detailed results of the NOURISHING policy index for Croatia. Full index results are outlined in the NOURISHING policy brief, which compares Croatia with other European countries and explains the methods for producing this snapshot and the index.

The index assesses if national government policy actions exist across all areas of the NOURISHING framework and, if so, how well designed they are. We produced this assessment by benchmarking policies from Croatia, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our NOURISHING database.

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