World Freedom Index

By freedom

Listings by Country

From Wikipedia: List of freedom indices

There are several non-governmental organizations that publish and maintain assessments of the state of freedom in the world, according to their own various definitions of the term, and rank countries as being free, partly free, or unfree using various measures of freedom, including political rights, economic rights, and civil liberties.

UK Based
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index is an assessment of countries’ democracy. Countries are rated to be either Full Democracies, Flawed Democracies, Hybrid Regimes, or Authoritarian. Full democracies, flawed democracies, and hybrid regimes are considered to be democracies , and the authoritarian nations are considered to be dictatorial. The Economist bases its ratings based on: civil liberties, conduct of elections, media freedom, participation, public opinion, functioning government, corruption, and stability.
US Based
  • Freedom in the World published by Freedom House (which receives about 66% of its budget from the U.S. government,) ranks countries by political rights and civil liberties that are derived in large measure from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Countries are assessed as free, partly free, or unfree.
  • The Index of Economic Freedom is an annual report published by The Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation. Countries are assessed as free, mostly free, moderately free, mostly unfree, and repressed.
The Free Existence
  • The Free Existence Drug Freedom Index is a quantitative index which rates the legality of drug usage, possession, and sales in most countries across the world. As it is the first attempt to quantify worldwide drug laws of its kind, there is presently some reliance on anecdotal evidence in lieu of direct legal analysis due to lack of access to primary sources (i.e., the actual written laws of some nations).
  • The Free Existence Gun Rights Index is a quantitative index which rates the legality of gun ownership and use in most countries across the world. As it is the first attempt to quantify worldwide gun laws of its kind, there is presently some reliance on anecdotal evidence and news reports in lieu of direct legal analysis due to lack of access to primary sources (i.e., the actual written laws of some nations).
  • The Free Existence Freedom Index is a meta-index which incorporates several other freedom indices (e.g., Index of Economic Freedom, Freedom in the World, Corruption Perceptions Index, etc.) into a single ranking web interface. Users can specify how much they care about each area of freedom (from Don’t Care through Crucial), and these preferences are used to weight or exclude individual freedom index values and produce a final score reflecting the most free country given the user’s set of values. This weight-value multiplication approach can be used to selectively rank only values from a specific subset of freedom indices, or to enable a user to identify the country or countries that best match his or her philosophical preferences.
France based

Current assessments of Freedom by Country

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Here is a table of the assessments in each index for most countries of the world. For exact rankings rather than assessments, refer to the individual index articles.

Country Freedom House 2011 Economic Freedom 2011 Press Freedom 2010 Democracy Index 2010
 Afghanistan 5 not free n/a 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Albania 3 partly free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Algeria 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Andorra 1 free n/a n/a n/a
 Angola 5 not free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Antigua and Barbuda 1 free n/a n/a n/a
 Argentina 1 free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Armenia 3 partly free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Australia 1 free 1 free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Austria 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Azerbaijan 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Bahamas 1 free 3 moderately free n/a n/a
 Bahrain 5 not free 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Bangladesh 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Barbados 1 free 3 moderately free n/a n/a
 Belarus 5 not free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Belgium 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Belize 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Benin 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Bhutan 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Bolivia 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 4 hybrid regime
 Botswana 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Brazil 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Brunei 5 not free n/a 4 difficult situation n/a
 Bulgaria 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Burkina Faso 3 partly free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 5 authoritarian
 Burundi 3 partly free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Cambodia 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Cameroon 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Canada 1 free 1 free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Cape Verde 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Central African Republic 3 partly free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Chad 5 not free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Chile 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Colombia 3 partly free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Comoros 3 partly free 5 repressed 2 satisfactory situation 5 authoritarian
 Costa Rica 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Côte d’Ivoire 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Congo-Brazzaville 5 not free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Congo-Kinshasa 5 not free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Croatia 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Cuba 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Cyprus 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Czech Republic 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Denmark 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Djibouti 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Dominica 1 free 3 moderately free n/a n/a
 Dominican Republic 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 East Timor 3 partly free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Ecuador 3 partly free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Egypt 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 El Salvador 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Equatorial Guinea 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Eritrea 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Estonia 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Ethiopia 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Fiji 3 partly free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Finland 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 France 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Gabon 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Gambia 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Georgia 3 partly free 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Germany 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Ghana 1 free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Greece 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Grenada 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Guatemala 3 partly free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Guinea 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Guinea-Bissau 3 partly free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Guyana 1 free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Haiti 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Honduras 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Hong Kong 3 partly free 1 free 2 satisfactory situation 4 Hybrid regime
 Hungary 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Iceland 1 free 3 moderately free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 India 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Indonesia 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Iran 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Iraq 5 not free n/a 5 very serious situation 4 hybrid regime
 Ireland 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Israel 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Italy 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Jamaica 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Japan 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Jordan 5 not free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Kazakhstan 5 not free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Kenya 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Kiribati 1 free 5 repressed 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Korea, South 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Kuwait 3 partly free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Kyrgyzstan 3 partly free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Laos 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Latvia 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Lebanon 3 partly free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Lesotho 3 partly free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Liberia 3 partly free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Libya 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Liechtenstein 1 free n/a n/a n/a
 Lithuania 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Luxembourg 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Macedonia 3 partly free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Madagascar 3 partly free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Malawi 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Malaysia 3 partly free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Maldives 3 partly free 5 repressed 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Mali 1 free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Malta 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Marshall Islands 1 free n/a n/a n/a
 Mauritania 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Mauritius 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Myanmar (Burma) 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Mexico 3 partly free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Federated States of Micronesia 1 free 4 mostly unfree n/a n/a
 Moldova 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Monaco 1 free n/a n/a n/a
 Mongolia 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Montenegro 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Morocco 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Mozambique 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Namibia 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Nauru 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Nepal 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Netherlands 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 New Zealand 1 free 1 free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Nicaragua 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Niger 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Nigeria 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Norway 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Oman 5 not free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Pakistan 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Palau 1 free n/a n/a n/a
 Palestinian territories 5 not free n/a 5 very serious situation 4 hybrid regime
 Panama 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Papua New Guinea 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Paraguay 3 partly free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 People’s Republic of China 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Peru 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Philippines 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Poland 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Portugal 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Qatar 5 not free 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Romania 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Russia 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Rwanda 5 not free 3 moderately free 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 free n/a n/a n/a
 Saint Lucia 1 free 2 mostly free n/a n/a
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 free 3 moderately free n/a n/a
 Samoa 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 San Marino 1 free n/a n/a n/a
 São Tomé and Príncipe 1 free 5 repressed 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Saudi Arabia 5 not free 3 moderately free 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Senegal 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Serbia 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Seychelles 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Sierra Leone 3 partly free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Singapore 3 partly free 1 free 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Slovakia 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Slovenia 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Solomon Islands 3 partly free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems n/a
 Somalia 5 not free n/a 5 very serious situation n/a
 Somaliland 3 partly free n/a n/a n/a
 South Africa 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Spain 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Sri Lanka 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Sudan 5 not free n/a 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Suriname 1 free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Swaziland 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Sweden 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Switzerland 1 free 1 free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Syria 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Taiwan (Republic of China) 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Tajikistan 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Tanzania 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 4 hybrid regime
 Thailand 3 partly free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Togo 3 partly free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Tonga 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Tunisia 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Turkey 3 partly free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Turkmenistan 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Tuvalu 1 free n/a n/a n/a
 Uganda 3 partly free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Ukraine 3 partly free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 United Arab Emirates 5 not free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 United Kingdom 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 United States 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Uruguay 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Uzbekistan 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Vanuatu 1 free 4 mostly unfree n/a n/a
 Venezuela 3 partly free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Vietnam 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Yemen 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Zambia 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Zimbabwe 5 not free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian

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