Most Liberal Countries 2019

The world “liberal” is thrown around a lot, especially around election time, but what does it really mean? Liberal is defined as being open to new opinions and behaviors beyond traditional beliefs and values.

For example, for many years, people believed that marriage should only be between a man and a woman. A person with liberal views believes that marriage can be between any two people, regardless of their gender.

Throughout the world, people have their own set of beliefs. Some people have more traditional views on issues such as marriage, divorce, and abortion, while others are more open and willing to accept things that are outside of the traditional.

Measuring the most and least liberal nations is a difficult task that has not been perfected. Data, reports, and surveys can be used to get an idea of the most liberal views and opinions in nations around the world.

In 2017, Movehub used three different surveys taken in 2016 to find the most liberal nations in the world. The study uses the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap report, the Environmental Performance Index, and the Social Progress Index and looked at categories including LGBT tolerance, religious tolerance, and gender parity.

According to this study, Iceland was found to be the most liberal nation in the world. This country had the smallest gender pay gap in the world and was also one of the most eco-friendly.

Finland and Sweden were ranked second and third, respectively. Finland ranked high in health and safety, while Sweden ranked high in gender equality.

The top 10 nation on this list are:

Rank Flag Name Population 2019 Area Area (mi²) % of Earth's Area Growth Rate Region Subregion
1United Kingdom67,530,172242,900 km²93,759 mi²0.16%0.58%EuropeNorthern Europe
2Sweden10,036,379450,295 km²173,814 mi²0.30%0.65%EuropeNorthern Europe
3Switzerland8,591,36541,284 km²15,936 mi²< 0.1%0.77%EuropeWestern Europe
4Denmark5,771,87643,094 km²16,634 mi²< 0.1%0.34%EuropeNorthern Europe
5Finland5,532,156338,424 km²130,632 mi²0.23%0.17%EuropeNorthern Europe
6Norway5,378,857323,802 km²124,988 mi²0.22%0.77%EuropeNorthern Europe
7Ireland4,882,49570,273 km²27,125 mi²< 0.1%1.32%EuropeNorthern Europe
8New Zealand4,783,063270,467 km²104,400 mi²0.18%0.84%OceaniaAustralia and New Zealand
9Slovenia2,078,65420,273 km²7,825 mi²< 0.1%0.04%EuropeSouthern Europe
10Iceland339,031103,000 km²39,758 mi²< 0.1%0.69%EuropeNorthern Europe