List of freedom indices

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This article contains a list of freedom indices produced by 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 civil liberties, political rights and economic rights.

Prominent indices[edit]

  • Freedom in the World published each year since 1972 by the U.S.-based Freedom House 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.[1]
  • Worldwide Press Freedom Index is published each year since 2002 (except that 2011 was combined with 2012) by France-based Reporters Without Borders. Countries are assessed as having a good situation, a satisfactory situation, noticeable problems, a difficult situation, or a very serious situation.[2]
  • Freedom of the Press published each year since 1980 by Freedom House.
  • The Index of Freedom in the World is an index measuring classical civil liberties published by Canada's Fraser Institute, Germany's Liberales Institute, and the U.S. Cato Institute.[3] It is not currently included in the table below.
  • The CIRI Human Rights Data Project measures a range of human, civil, women's and workers rights.[4] It is now hosted by the University of Connecticut. It was created in 1994.[5] In its 2011 report, the U.S. was ranked 38th in overall human rights.[6]
  • The Democracy Index, published by the U.K.-based Economist Intelligence Unit, is an assessment of countries' democracy. Countries are rated to be either Full Democracies, Flawed Democracies, Hybrid Regimes, or Authoritarian regimes. Full democracies, flawed democracies, and hybrid regimes are considered to be democracies, and the authoritarian nations are considered to be dictatorial. The index is based on 60 indicators grouped in five different categories measuring pluralism, civil liberties, and political culture.[7]
  • The U.S.-based Polity data series is a widely used data series in political science research. It contains coded annual information on regime authority characteristics and transitions for all independent states with greater than 500,000 total population and covers the years 1800–2006. Polity's conclusions about a state's level of democracy are based on an evaluation of that state's elections for competitiveness, openness and level of participation. Data from this series is not currently included in the table below. The Polity work is sponsored by the Political Instability Task Force (PITF) which is funded by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. However, the views expressed in the reports are the authors' alone and do not represent the views of the US Government.
  • The Index of Economic Freedom is an annual report published by The Wall Street Journal and the U.S.-based Heritage Foundation. Countries are assessed as free, mostly free, moderately free, mostly unfree, and repressed.[8]
  • The Economic Freedom of the World Index is a report published by Canada-based Fraser Institute in conjunction with the Economic Freedom Network, a group of independent research and educational institutes in 90 nations and territories worldwide. It is a numeric index and its results are not currently included in the table below.

Annual assessments[edit]

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.

Freedom in the World 2013, concerning the state of world freedom in 2013.
  Free (90)   Partly Free (58)
  Not Free (47)
Source: Freedom House
2014 Press Freedom Index.[2] Source: Reporters Without Borders
Index Scale
Freedom in the World[1] free partly free not free
Index of Economic Freedom[8] free mostly free moderately free mostly unfree repressed
Press Freedom Index[2] good situation satisfactory situation noticeable problems difficult situation very serious situation
Democracy Index[9] full democracy flawed democracy hybrid regime authoritarian regime


List by country[edit]

Country Freedom in the World 2015[1] 2015 Index of Economic Freedom[8] 2015 Press Freedom Index[2] 2014 Democracy Index[9]
 Afghanistan 5 not free n/a 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Albania 3 partly free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Algeria 5 not free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Andorra 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Angola 5 not free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Anguilla n/a n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Antigua and Barbuda 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Argentina 1 free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Armenia 3 partly free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 3 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 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Bahamas 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Bahrain 5 not free 2 mostly free 5 very serious situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Bangladesh 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 3 hybrid regime
 Barbados 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Belarus 5 not free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Belgium 1 free 3 moderately free 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Belize 1 free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Benin 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Bhutan 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Bolivia 3 partly free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Botswana 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Brazil 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 British Virgin Islands n/a n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Brunei 5 not free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation n/a
 Bulgaria 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Burkina Faso 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 3 hybrid regime
 Burma 5 not free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Burundi 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Cambodia 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 3 hybrid regime
 Cameroon 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Canada 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Cape Verde 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Central African Republic 5 not free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 4 authoritarian regime
 Chad 5 not free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Chile 1 free 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 China 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Colombia 3 partly free 2 mostly free 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Comoros 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Costa Rica 1 free 3 moderately free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Congo, Democratic Republic of the 5 not free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Congo, Republic of the 5 not free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 4 authoritarian regime
 Croatia 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Cuba 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Cyprus 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 3 flawed democracy
 Czech Republic 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Denmark 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Djibouti 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Dominica 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 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 3 hybrid regime
 Egypt 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 El Salvador 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Equatorial Guinea 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Eritrea 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Estonia 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Ethiopia 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Fiji 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Finland 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 France 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 French Guiana 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Gabon 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 authoritarian regime
 Gambia 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Gaza Strip 5 not free n/a 4 difficult situation 3 hybrid regime
 Georgia 3 partly free 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Germany 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Ghana 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Greece 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Grenada 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Guatemala 3 partly free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 3 hybrid regime
 Guinea 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 authoritarian regime
 Guinea-Bissau 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 authoritarian regime
 Guyana 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Haiti 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Honduras 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 3 hybrid regime
 Hong Kong 3 partly free 1 free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Hungary 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Iceland 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 India 1 free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Indonesia 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Iran 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Iraq 5 not free n/a 4 difficult situation 3 hybrid regime
 Ireland 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Israel 1 free 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Italy 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Ivory Coast 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 authoritarian regime
 Jamaica 1 free 3 moderately free 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Japan 1 free 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 1 full democracy
 Jordan 5 not free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
India Kashmir 3 partly free n/a 4 difficult situation n/a
Pakistan Kashmir 5 not free n/a 4 difficult situation n/a
 Kazakhstan 5 not free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Kenya 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Kiribati 1 free 5 repressed 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Korea, North 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Korea, South 1 free 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 1 full democracy
 Kosovo 3 partly free n/a 3 noticeable problems n/a
 Kuwait 3 partly free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 4 authoritarian regime
 Kyrgyzstan 3 partly free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Laos 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Latvia 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Lebanon 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Lesotho 1 free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Liberia 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Libya 5 not free n/a 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Liechtenstein 1 free n/a 1 good situation n/a
 Lithuania 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Luxembourg 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Macau n/a 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems n/a
 Macedonia 3 partly free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Madagascar 3 partly free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Malawi 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Malaysia 3 partly free 2 mostly free 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Maldives 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems n/a
 Mali 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 3 hybrid regime
 Malta 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Marshall Islands 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Mauritania 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 3hybrid regime
 Mauritius 1 free 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 1 full democracy
 Mexico 3 partly free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Micronesia, Federated States of 1 free 5 repressed 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Moldova 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Monaco 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Mongolia 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Montserrat n/a n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Montenegro 1 free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 3 hybrid regime
 Morocco 3 partly free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Mozambique 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Nagorno-Karabakh 5 not free n/a n/a n/a
 Namibia 1 free 4 mostly unfree 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Nauru 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
   Nepal 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 3 hybrid regime
 Netherlands 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 New Caledonia n/a n/a 1 good situation n/a
 New Zealand 1 free 1 free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Nicaragua 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Niger 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 3 hybrid regime
 Nigeria 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Northern Cyprus 1 free n/a 3 noticeable problems n/a
 Norway 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Oman 5 not free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Pakistan 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 3 hybrid regime
 Palau 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Palestine 5 not free n/a 4 difficult situation 3 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 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Peru 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Philippines 3 partly free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Poland 1 free 3 moderately free 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Portugal 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Puerto Rico 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Qatar 5 not free 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 4 authoritarian regime
 Romania 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Russia 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Rwanda 5 not free 3 moderately free 5 very serious situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Saint Lucia 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Samoa 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 San Marino 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 São Tomé and Príncipe 1 free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Saudi Arabia 5 not free 3 moderately free 5 very serious situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Senegal 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Serbia 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Seychelles 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems n/a
 Sierra Leone 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Singapore 3 partly free 1 free 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Slovakia 1 free 3 moderately free 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Slovenia 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Solomon Islands 3 partly free 5 repressed 1 good situation 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
 South Sudan 5 not free n/a 4 difficult situation n/a
 Spain 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Sri Lanka 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 3 hybrid regime
 Sudan 5 not free n/a 5 very serious situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Suriname 1 free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Swaziland 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 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 n/a 5 very serious situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Taiwan 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Tajikistan 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Tanzania 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Thailand 5 not free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 3 hybrid regime
 Tibet 5 not free n/a n/a n/a
 Togo 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 authoritarian regime
 Tonga 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems n/a
 Transnistria 5 not free n/a n/a n/a
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Tunisia 1 free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Turkey 3 partly free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 3 hybrid regime
 Turkmenistan 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Tuvalu 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Uganda 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 3 hybrid regime
 Ukraine 3 partly free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 3 hybrid regime
 United Arab Emirates 5 not free 2 mostly free 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime
 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 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Uzbekistan 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Vanuatu 1 free 3 moderately free n/a n/a
 Venezuela 3 partly free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 3 hybrid regime
 Vietnam 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 4 authoritarian regime
 West Bank 5 not free n/a 4 difficult situation 3 hybrid regime
 Western Sahara 5 not free n/a 4 difficult situation n/a
 Yemen 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 4 authoritarian regime
 Zambia 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Zimbabwe 5 not free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 4 authoritarian regime

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Freedom in the World 2015, Freedom House, 15 January 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Press Freedom Index 2015", Reporters Without Borders, January 2015.
  3. ^ " World Freedom Index 2013: Canadian Fraser Institute Ranks Countries ", Ryan Craggs, Huffington Post, 14 January 2013
  4. ^ "CIRI Human Rights Data Project", website. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  5. ^ Michael Kirk (December 10, 2010). "Annual International Human Rights Ratings Announced". University of Connecticut. 
  6. ^ "HUMAN RIGHTS IN 2011: THE CIRI REPORT". CIRI Human Rights Data Project. August 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Democracy index 2012: Democracy at a standstill". Economist Intelligence Unit. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Country Rankings", 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, Wall Street Journal and Heritage Foundation, January 2015.
  9. ^ a b http://www.sudestada.com.uy/Content/Articles/421a313a-d58f-462e-9b24-2504a37f6b56/Democracy-index-2014.pdf

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