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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 political rights, economic rights, and civil liberties.

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.
  • 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.[1] It is not currently included in the table below.
  • Worldwide Press Freedom Index is published 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]
  • 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.[3]
  • Freedom in the World published by the U.S.-based Freedom House (which receives about 66% of its budget from the U.S. government,[4]) 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 U.S.-based Heritage Foundation. Countries are assessed as free, mostly free, moderately free, mostly unfree, and repressed.
  • 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 CIRI Human Rights Data Project measures a range of human, civil, women's and workers rights.[5] It is now hosted by the University of Connecticut. It was created in 1994.[6] In its 2011 report, the U.S. was ranked 38th in overall human rights.[7]
  • The U.S.-based Free Existence series of quantitative indices which include:
    • 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 at present 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).[8]
    • 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).[9]
    • The Free Existence Freedom Meta-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 weight the liberties they value most, and these preferences are used to prioritize or exclude individual freedom index values and produce a final score reflecting the most free country given the user's set of values.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] Source: Reporters Without Borders
2012 Democracy Index.
Key: Darker shades of green represent more democratic countries
Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit
Index Scale
Freedom in the World free partly free not free
Index of Economic Freedom free mostly free moderately free mostly unfree repressed
Press Freedom Index good situation satisfactory situation noticeable problems difficult situation very serious situation
Democracy Index full democracy flawed democracy hybrid regime authoritarian regime


List by country[edit]

Country Freedom in the World 2014 2014 Index of Economic Freedom 2014 Press Freedom Index 2012 Democracy Index
 Abkhazia 3 partly free n/a n/a n/a
 Afghanistan 5 not free n/a 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian regime
 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 regime
 Andorra 1 free n/a 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Angola 5 not free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Anguilla n/a n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Antigua and Barbuda 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Argentina 1 free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 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 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Bahamas 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Bahrain 5 not free 2 mostly free 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Bangladesh 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 flawed democracy
 Barbados 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Belarus 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Belgium 1 free 3 moderately free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Belize 1 free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Benin 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Bhutan 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Bolivia 3 partly free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Botswana 1 free 1 mostly 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 5 authoritarian regime
 Bulgaria 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Burkina Faso 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Burma 5 not free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Burundi 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Cambodia 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Cameroon 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Canada 1 free 1 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 5 authoritarian regime
 Chad 5 not free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 authoritarian regime
 Congo, Republic of the 5 not free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian regime
 Croatia 1 free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Cuba 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Cyprus 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Czech Republic 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Denmark 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Djibouti 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Dominica 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 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 4 hybrid 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 5 authoritarian regime
 Eritrea 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Estonia 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Ethiopia 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Fiji 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian regime
 Finland 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 France 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 French Guiana 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Gabon 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian regime
 Gambia 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Gaza Strip 5 not free n/a 4 difficult situation n/a
 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 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 2 flawed democracy
 Guatemala 3 partly free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Guinea 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian regime
 Guinea-Bissau 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian regime
 Guyana 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Haiti 3 partly free 5 repressed 2 satisfactory situation 4 hybrid regime
 Honduras 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 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 5 authoritarian regime
 Iraq 5 not free n/a 4 difficult 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 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Ivory Coast 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 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 5 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 5 authoritarian regime
 Kenya 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Kiribati 1 free 5 repressed 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Korea, North 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 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 5 authoritarian regime
 Kyrgyzstan 3 partly free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Laos 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Latvia 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Lebanon 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Lesotho 1 free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Liberia 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Libya 3 partly free n/a 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Liechtenstein 1 free n/a 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 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 5 authoritarian regime
 Malawi 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Malaysia 3 partly free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Maldives 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Mali 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Malta 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Marshall Islands 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Mauritania 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid 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 2 flawed democracy
 Moldova 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Monaco 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 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 2 flawed democracy
 Morocco 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Mozambique 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 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 2 flawed democracy
   Nepal 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 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 4 hybrid regime
 Niger 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 4 hybrid regime
 Nigeria 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 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 5 authoritarian regime
 Pakistan 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Palau 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Palestine 5 not free n/a 4 difficult 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 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 5 authoritarian regime
 Romania 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Russia 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Rwanda 5 not free 3 moderately free 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Saint Lucia 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Samoa 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 San Marino 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 São Tomé and Príncipe 1 free 5 repressed 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Saudi Arabia 5 not free 3 moderately free 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Senegal 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Serbia 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Seychelles 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Sierra Leone 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Singapore 3 partly free 1 free 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 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 2 flawed democracy
 Somalia 5 not free n/a 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Somaliland 3 partly free n/a n/a n/a
 South Africa 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 South Ossetia 5 not free n/a n/a n/a
 South Sudan 5 not free n/a 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Spain 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Sri Lanka 3 partly free 3 moderately free 5 very serious situation 4 hybrid regime
 Sudan 5 not free n/a 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Suriname 1 free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Swaziland 5 not free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 5 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 5 authoritarian regime
 Taiwan 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Tajikistan 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Tanzania 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Thailand 5 not free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Tibet 5 not free n/a n/a n/a
 Togo 3 partly free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian regime
 Tonga 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 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 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 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 regime
 Tuvalu 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Uganda 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Ukraine 3 partly free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 United Arab Emirates 5 not free 2 mostly free 4 difficult situation 5 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 5 authoritarian regime
 Vanuatu 1 free 4 mostly unfree 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 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 regime
 West Bank 5 not free n/a 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Western Sahara 5 not free n/a 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Yemen 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian regime
 Zambia 3 partly free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Zimbabwe 5 not free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian regime

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ " World Freedom Index 2013: Canadian Fraser Institute Ranks Countries ", Ryan Craggs, Huffington Post, 14 January 2013
  2. ^ Press Freedom Index 2010 Reporters Without Borders
  3. ^ "Democracy index 2012: Democracy at a standstill". Economist Intelligence Unit. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  4. ^ 2007 Freedom House Financial Statement
  5. ^ "CIRI Human Rights Data Project", website. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  6. ^ Michael Kirk (December 10, 2010). "Annual International Human Rights Ratings Announced". University of Connecticut. 
  7. ^ "HUMAN RIGHTS IN 2011: THE CIRI REPORT". CIRI Human Rights Data Project. August 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ FreeExistence Index of Worldwide Drug Freedom (2011)
  9. ^ FreeExistence Index of Worldwide Gun Rights (2011)
  10. ^ Waldman, Katy (April 21, 2011). "Let X Units of Freedom Ring". Slate. 
  11. ^ Freedom Index FreeExistence.Org
  12. ^ "Press Freedom Index 2014", Reporters Without Borders, 11 May 2014

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