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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.

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US Based

  • Freedom in the World published by Freedom House (which receives about 66% of its budget from the U.S. government,[1]) 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 Economist Intelligence Unit's Index of Democracy 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. [2]

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).[3]
  • 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).[4]
  • The Free Existence Freedom Index is a meta-index which incorporates several of the freedom indices listed above into a single 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 preferences.[5]

France based

Canada based

Current assessments

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.

State of world freedom in 2007 according to Freedom House's 2008 survey [6]     Free (92)      Partly Free (65)      Not Free (52)
Map of countries by 2008 Economic Freedom of the World, published by the Fraser Institute
2008 press freedom rankings according to Reporters Without Borders
The Economist's 2006 Democracy Index map: lighter colours represent more democracy
Index Scale
Freedom in the World free partly free not free
Index of Economic Freedom free mostly free moderately free mostly unfree repressed
Worldwide Press Freedom Index good situation satisfactory situation noticeable problems difficult situation very serious situation
Democracy Rating full democracy flawed democracy hybrid regime authoritarian
Country Freedom House Economic Freedom Press Freedom Democracy Rating (2008)
 Afghanistan 5 not free 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Albania 3 partly free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 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 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Antigua and Barbuda 1 free n/a n/a n/a
 Argentina 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Armenia 3 partly free 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Australia 1 free 1 free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Austria 1 free 1 free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Azerbaijan 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Bahamas 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation n/a
 Bahrain 3 partly free 2 mostly free 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Bangladesh 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Barbados 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation n/a
 Belarus 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Belgium 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Belize 1 free 2 mostly free n/a n/a
 Benin 1 free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Bhutan 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Bolivia 3 partly free 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 4 hybrid regime
 Botswana 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Brazil 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Brunei 5 not free 5 repressed 3 difficult situation n/a
 Bulgaria 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Burkina Faso 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 5 authoritarian
 Burundi 3 partly free 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Cambodia 5 not free 2 mostly free 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Cameroon 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Canada 1 free 1 free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Cape Verde 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Central African Republic 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Chad 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Chile 1 free 1 free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Colombia 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Comoros 3 partly free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Costa Rica 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Côte d'Ivoire 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Congo-Brazzaville 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 5 authoritarian
 Congo-Kinshasa 5 not free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Croatia 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Cuba 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Cyprus 1 free 1 free 2 satisfactory situation 1 flawed democracy
 Czech Republic 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Denmark 1 free 1 free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Djibouti 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Dominica 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation n/a
 Dominican Republic 1 free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 East Timor 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Ecuador 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 4 hybrid regime
 Egypt 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 El Salvador 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Equatorial Guinea 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Eritrea 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Estonia 1 free 1 free 1 good situation 1 flawed democracy
 Ethiopia 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Fiji 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 4 hybrid regime
 Finland 1 free 1 free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 France 1 free 1 free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Gabon 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Gambia 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Georgia 3 partly free 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Germany 1 free 1 free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Ghana 1 free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 4 hybrid regime
 Greece 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Grenada 1 free n/a 2 satisfactory situation n/a
 Guatemala 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Guinea 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Guinea-Bissau 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Guyana 1 free 4 mostly unfree 4 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Haiti 3 partly free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Honduras 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Hong Kong 3 partly free 1 free 2 satisfactory situation 4 Hybrid regime
 Hungary 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Iceland 1 free 1 free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 India 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 some problems 2 flawed democracy
 Indonesia 1 free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Iran 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Iraq 5 not free n/a unique situation 4 hybrid regime
 Ireland 1 free 1 free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Israel 1 free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Italy 3 partly free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Jamaica 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Japan 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Jordan 3 partly free 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 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 n/a n/a
 Democratic People's Republic of Korea 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Korea, South 1 free 2 moderately free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Kuwait 3 partly free 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Kyrgyzstan 3 partly free 2 mostly free 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Laos 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Latvia 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Lebanon 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Lesotho 1 free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Liberia 3 partly free 5 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Libya 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Liechtenstein 1 free 1 free 1 good situation n/a
 Lithuania 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Luxembourg 1 free 1 free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Macedonia 3 partly free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Madagascar 3 partly free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 4 hybrid regime
 Malawi 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Malaysia 3 partly free 2 mostly free 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Maldives 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation n/a
 Mali 1 free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 4 hybrid regime
 Malta 1 free 2 mostly free n/a 1 full democracy
 Marshall Islands 1 free n/a n/a n/a
 Mauritania 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Mauritius 1 free 1 free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Myanmar (Burma) 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Mexico 1 free 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 1 full 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 3 moderately free 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Montenegro 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 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 2 satisfactory situation 4 hybrid regime
 Namibia 1 free 3 moderately free 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Nauru 1 free n/a n/a n/a
 Nepal 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 4 hybrid regime
 Netherlands 1 free 1 free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 New Zealand 1 free 1 free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Nicaragua 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Niger 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 5 authoritarian
 Nigeria 3 partly free 5 repressed 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Norway 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Oman 5 not free 3 moderately free 2 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 3 moderately free 4 difficult situation 4 hybrid regime
 Panama 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Papua New Guinea 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Paraguay 3 partly free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 People's Republic of China 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Peru 1 free 2 mostly free 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 Philippines 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 2 flawed democracy
 Poland 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Portugal 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Qatar 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Romania 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Russia 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 5 hybrid regime
 Rwanda 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult 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 2 mostly free n/a n/a
 Samoa 1 free 4 mostly unfree n/a n/a
 San Marino 1 free n/a n/a n/a
 São Tomé and Príncipe 1 free 5 repressed n/a 5 authoritarian
 Saudi Arabia 5 not free 3 moderately free 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Senegal 1 free 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Serbia 1 free 2 mostly free 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 2 mostly free 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Slovenia 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 Solomon Islands 3 partly free 5 repressed n/a n/a
 Somalia 5 not free n/a 4 difficult 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 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Suriname 1 free 4 mostly unfree 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Swaziland 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Sweden 1 free 1 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 1 free 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Tajikistan 5 not free 5 repressed 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Tanzania 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 2 satisfactory situation 4 hybrid regime
 Thailand 3 partly free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Togo 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 5 authoritarian
 Tonga 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation n/a
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 free 2 mostly free 1 good situation 2 flawed democracy
 Tunisia 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian
 Turkey 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 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 2 mostly free 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Ukraine 1 free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 2 flawed democracy
 United Arab Emirates 5 not free 3 moderately free 2 satisfactory situation 5 authoritarian
 United Kingdom 1 free 1 free 1 good situation 1 full democracy
 United States 1 free 1 free 2 satisfactory situation 1 full democracy
 Uruguay 1 free 2 mostly free 2 satisfactory situation 2 flawed democracy
 Uzbekistan 5 not free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Vanuatu 1 free 4 mostly unfree 1 satisfactory situation 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 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 4 difficult situation 5 authoritarian
 Zambia 3 partly free 4 mostly unfree 3 noticeable problems 4 hybrid regime
 Zimbabwe 5 not free 5 repressed 5 very serious situation 5 authoritarian

Summary

According to the rankings of the table above, the most free (the "all-blue") countries are (in alphabetical order):

And the least free (the "all-red") are:

See also

References

  1. ^ 2007 Freedom House Financial Statement
  2. ^ http://www.economist.com/media/pdf/DEMOCRACY_INDEX_2007_v3.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.freeexistence.org/data/2009/2009_druglaw_data.xls
  4. ^ http://www.freeexistence.org/data/2009/2009_gunlaw_data.xls
  5. ^ http://www.freeexistence.org/freedom.shtml
  6. ^ Bollen, K.A. (1992) Political Rights and Political Liberties in Nations: An Evaluation of Human Rights Measures, 1950 to 1984. In: Jabine, T.B. and Pierre Claude, R. "Human Rights and Statistics". University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 0812231082

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