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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]

  • 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.
  • 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.[1]
  • Freedom in the World published each year since 1972 by the U.S.-based Freedom House (which receives about 66% of its budget from the U.S. government),[2] 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.[3]
  • Freedom of the Press published each year since 1980 by Freedom House.
  • 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.[4]
  • The Index of Freedom in the World (also Freedom Index, Worldwide Index of Human Freedom) is an index measuring classical civil liberties published by Canada's Fraser Institute, Germany's Liberales Institute, and the U.S. Cato Institute.[5] 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.[6] It is now hosted by the University of Connecticut. It was created in 1994.[7] In its 2011 report, the U.S. was ranked 38th in overall human rights.[8]
  • 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 Economist bases its ratings based on: civil liberties, conduct of elections, media freedom, participation, public opinion, functioning government, corruption, and stability.[9]
  • 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.

Current 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.[1] Source: Reporters Without Borders
Index Scale
Freedom in the World[3] free partly free not free
Index of Economic Freedom[4] free mostly free moderately free mostly unfree repressed
Press Freedom Index[1] good situation satisfactory situation noticeable problems difficult situation very serious situation


List by country[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Press Freedom Index 2014", Reporters Without Borders, 11 May 2014.
  2. ^ 2007 Freedom House Financial Statement[dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom House, 24 January 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d "Country Rankings", 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, Wall Street Journal and Heritage Foundation, January 2014.
  5. ^ " World Freedom Index 2013: Canadian Fraser Institute Ranks Countries ", Ryan Craggs, Huffington Post, 14 January 2013
  6. ^ "CIRI Human Rights Data Project", website. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  7. ^ Michael Kirk (December 10, 2010). "Annual International Human Rights Ratings Announced". University of Connecticut. 
  8. ^ "HUMAN RIGHTS IN 2011: THE CIRI REPORT". CIRI Human Rights Data Project. August 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Democracy index 2012: Democracy at a standstill". Economist Intelligence Unit. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 

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