Democracy in times of Corona

The world is in the grips of an all-encompassing health-crisis that has drastically affected the lives of millions of people around the world.

All over the world, governments are taking action to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While many of these measures are necessary and effective, some of them also have side-effects on the functioning of our democracies. In other countries still, governments have gone so far as to utilise the crisis to limit civil and democratic rights.

On this page, we aim to monitor the effects, good and bad, of the measures taken to combat corona to our democracies around the world.

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Our goal is to collect as much information as possible, but in order to do this we need your help. So let us know about the situation in your country! Use the report function below to send us your testimonials and news articles.

Update 2021: We have ceased to collect data on this page, but Democracy International is supporting a scientific project analysing exceptional decision-making in 32 European countries throughout the Covid-19 crisis. Through interdisciplinary knowledge, the project contributes to the study of democratic resilience by assessing why some democratic systems prove more resilient to crises and which political reforms increase such resilience. You can find more info and country data on


Source information: Freedom House Source information: Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem)