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Freedom Indices by Country 2024

The Human Freedom Index ranks countries based on the freedom of those living there. This is determined by examining a variety of factors including examining freedoms and restrictions within religion, trade, law, relationships, and several other areas. Freedom is examined over a twenty-year period, which gives a more in-depth picture of how free people are around the world.

Country
Freedom in the World Index
Sweden100
Finland100
Norway100
New Zealand99
Canada98
Netherlands97
Denmark97
Ireland97
Luxembourg97
San Marino97

Three countries have attained a perfect score of 100: Sweden, Finland, and Norway. All three of these countries have full democracies, and all have press freedom rated as "good." Interestingly, though, all three countries don't have top scores for economic freedom, instead bearing the label of only "mostly free."

In fact, all the top seven countries have a "mostly free" economic freedom status. It's not until Ireland, at rank eight, that a top ten country is listed as "free" when it comes to economic freedom. Japan and Belgium, ranking nine and ten respectively, are both only rated as "moderately free." As for press freedom, much like the top three, the top ten are almost all ranked "good." While New Zealand and Canada are both rated slightly lower with satisfactory, Japan is the outlier with a rating of problematic.

The people of the United States pride themselves on being free, but they only score an 83 on the Freedom in the World Index. This is the same score as South Korea, Romania, and Panama. While all share the same score and are all ranked free, some in the US would be surprised that South Korea has a higher Democracy Index Score than the United States: 8.01 to 7.92. South Korea is also rated a "full democracy" while the US is considered a "flawed democracy." Both the US and South Korea are considered "mostly free" on the Index of Economic Freedom, although Romania and Panama are both only "moderately free." However, of the four countries, the US does score the highest for Press Freedom with a score of 71.22 to South Korea's 70.83. Both are considered to have "satisfactory" press freedom. Romania and Panama are rated "problematic" with press freedom scores of 69.04 and 63.67.

Two countries have a score of 1 on the Freedom in the World Index: Syria and South Sudan. Both are considered "not free," but Syria's Press Freedom is rated as "problematic," while South Sudan's is rated as "difficult."

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Country
Freedom in the World Index
Freedom in the World Status
Democracy Index Score
Democracy Index Status
Index of Economic Freedom Score
Index of Economic Freedom Status
Press Freedom Index Score
Press Freedom Index Status
Sweden100free9.26full democracy78mostly free88.15good
Finland100free9.2full democracy77mostly free87.94good
Norway100free9.81full democracy77mostly free95.18good
New Zealand99free9.25full democracy79mostly free84.23satisfactory
Canada98free9.24full democracy74mostly free83.53satisfactory
Netherlands97free8.96full democracy78mostly free87good
Denmark97free9.15full democracy78mostly free89.48good
Ireland97free9.05full democracy82free89.91good
Luxembourg97free8.68full democracy78mostly free81.98satisfactory
San Marino97free
Japan96free8.13full democracy69moderately free63.95problematic
Belgium96free7.51flawed democracy67moderately free76.47satisfactory
Portugal96free7.9flawed democracy70moderately free84.6satisfactory
Switzerland96free8.83full democracy84free84.4satisfactory
Uruguay96free8.61full democracy70mostly free70.33satisfactory
Australia95free8.96full democracy75mostly free78.24satisfactory
Slovenia95free7.54flawed democracy69moderately free70.59satisfactory
Germany94free8.67full democracy74mostly free81.91satisfactory
Taiwan94free8.94full democracy81free75.54satisfactory
Chile94free8.28full democracy71mostly free60.09problematic
Estonia94free7.84flawed democracy79mostly free85.31good
Iceland94free9.37full democracy72mostly free83.19satisfactory
Barbados94free70moderately free
United Kingdom93free8.54full democracy70moderately free78.51satisfactory
Austria93free8.16full democracy71mostly free77.3satisfactory
Andorra93free75.05satisfactory
Dominica93free60mostly unfree58.36problematic
Marshall Islands93free
Tuvalu93free
Czech Republic92free7.67flawed democracy72mostly free83.58satisfactory
Cyprus92free7.56flawed democracy72mostly free68.62problematic
Cape Verde92free66moderately free75.72satisfactory
Saint Lucia92free61moderately free58.36problematic
Micronesia92free63moderately free
Palau92free
Costa Rica91free8.16full democracy67moderately free80.2satisfactory
Bahamas91free63moderately free
Kiribati91free59mostly unfree
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines91free64moderately free58.36problematic
Italy90free7.74flawed democracy62moderately free72.05satisfactory
Spain90free8.12full democracy65moderately free75.37satisfactory
Slovakia90free6.97flawed democracy69moderately free83.22satisfactory
Liechtenstein90free84.47satisfactory
France89free7.99flawed democracy64moderately free78.72satisfactory
Lithuania89free7.13flawed democracy72mostly free86.79good
Malta89free7.68flawed democracy68moderately free59.76problematic
Grenada89free58.36problematic
Saint Kitts and Nevis89free58.36problematic
Latvia88free7.24flawed democracy73mostly free83.27satisfactory
Belize87free60mostly unfree70.49satisfactory
Greece86free7.39flawed democracy57mostly unfree55.2problematic
Argentina85free6.95flawed democracy51mostly unfree73.36satisfactory
Mauritius85free8.14full democracy71mostly free65.56problematic
Antigua and Barbuda85free58.36problematic
Croatia84free6.5flawed democracy66moderately free71.95satisfactory
Mongolia84free6.48flawed democracy62moderately free59.33problematic
Sao Tome and Principe84free62moderately free
Monaco84free
United States83free7.92flawed democracy71mostly free71.22satisfactory
South Korea83free8.01full democracy74mostly free70.83satisfactory
Romania83free6.4flawed democracy65moderately free69.04problematic
Panama83free7.18flawed democracy64moderately free63.67problematic
Samoa83free68moderately free82.15satisfactory
Trinidad and Tobago82free7.16flawed democracy60mostly unfree76.54satisfactory
Vanuatu82free62moderately free
Poland81free6.85flawed democracy68moderately free67.66problematic
Tonga81free60moderately free71.29satisfactory
Ghana80free6.5flawed democracy58mostly unfree65.93problematic
Jamaica80free7.13flawed democracy68moderately free75.89satisfactory
South Africa79free7.05flawed democracy56mostly unfree78.6satisfactory
Bulgaria79free6.71flawed democracy69moderately free62.98problematic
Suriname79free6.82flawed democracy46repressed70.62satisfactory
Seychelles79free60mostly unfree75.71satisfactory
Israel77free7.84flawed democracy69moderately free57.57problematic
Namibia77free6.52flawed democracy58mostly unfree80.91satisfactory
Nauru77free
Solomon Islands76free57mostly unfree
Guyana73free6.01flawed democracy57mostly unfree67.5problematic
Brazil72free6.92flawed democracy54mostly unfree58.67problematic
Botswana72free7.62flawed democracy65moderately free64.61problematic
Colombia70free7.04flawed democracy63moderately free45.23difficult
Peru70free6.53flawed democracy67moderately free52.74difficult
Ecuador70free6.13flawed democracy55mostly unfree60.51problematic
Senegal68partly free5.67hybrid regime58mostly unfree55.82problematic
Dominican Republic68partly free6.32flawed democracy63moderately free71.88satisfactory
North Macedonia68partly free5.89hybrid regime64moderately free74.35satisfactory
Albania67partly free6.08flawed democracy65moderately free57.86problematic
Montenegro67partly free5.77hybrid regime61moderately free74.28satisfactory
India66partly free6.61flawed democracy53mostly unfree36.62very serious
Malawi66partly free5.74hybrid regime53mostly unfree60.34problematic
Bolivia66partly free5.08hybrid regime43repressed51.09difficult
Hungary66partly free6.56flawed democracy64moderately free62.96problematic
Lesotho66partly free6.3flawed democracy52mostly unfree64.29problematic
Paraguay65partly free6.18flawed democracy61moderately free55.96problematic
Sierra Leone63partly free4.86hybrid regime50mostly unfree62.55problematic
Moldova62partly free5.78hybrid regime59mostly unfree77.62satisfactory
Madagascar61partly free5.7hybrid regime59mostly unfree56.66problematic
Papua New Guinea61partly free6.1flawed democracy52mostly unfree67.62problematic
Bhutan61partly free5.71hybrid regime59mostly unfree59.25problematic
Mexico60partly free6.07flawed democracy63moderately free47.98difficult
Serbia60partly free6.22flawed democracy64moderately free59.16problematic
Liberia60partly free5.32hybrid regime50repressed64.34problematic
Benin59partly free4.58hybrid regime60mostly unfree52.44difficult
Fiji59partly free5.72hybrid regime58mostly unfree59.27problematic
Indonesia58partly free6.3flawed democracy64moderately free54.83difficult
Philippines58partly free6.56flawed democracy59mostly unfree46.21difficult
Nepal58partly free5.22hybrid regime51mostly unfree57.89problematic
Georgia58partly free5.31hybrid regime69moderately free61.69problematic
Tunisia56partly free6.59flawed democracy53mostly unfree50.11difficult
El Salvador56partly free5.9hybrid regime56mostly unfree51.36difficult
Sri Lanka54partly free6.14flawed democracy52mostly unfree45.85difficult
Zambia54partly free4.86hybrid regime48repressed59.41problematic
Armenia54partly free5.35hybrid regime65moderately free70.61satisfactory
Malaysia53partly free7.19flawed democracy67moderately free62.83problematic
Kenya52partly free5.05hybrid regime53mostly unfree51.15difficult
Bosnia and Herzegovina52partly free63moderately free65.43problematic
Niger51partly free3.29authoritarian regime54mostly unfree66.84problematic
Ukraine50partly free5.81hybrid regime61.19problematic
Ivory Coast49partly free4.11hybrid regime60moderately free68.83problematic
Guatemala49partly free4.97hybrid regime63moderately free48.12difficult
Honduras48partly free5.36hybrid regime59mostly unfree32.65very serious
Gambia48partly free4.49hybrid regime58mostly unfree71.06satisfactory
Singapore47partly free6.03flawed democracy84free47.88difficult
Mozambique45partly free3.51authoritarian regime53mostly unfree56.13problematic
Nigeria43partly free4.1hybrid regime54mostly unfree49.56difficult
Lebanon43partly free4.16hybrid regime46repressed50.46difficult
Guinea Bissau43partly free2.63authoritarian regime45repressed61.57problematic
Togo42partly free2.8authoritarian regime55mostly unfree63.06problematic
Hong Kong42partly free5.57hybrid regime44.86difficult
Comoros42partly free3.09authoritarian regime54mostly unfree62.25problematic
Maldives41partly free47repressed56.93problematic
Bangladesh40partly free5.99hybrid regime54mostly unfree35.31very serious
Pakistan37partly free4.31hybrid regime49repressed39.95very serious
Morocco37partly free5.04hybrid regime58mostly unfree43.69difficult
Kuwait37partly free3.8authoritarian regime57mostly unfree38.84very serious
Tanzania36partly free5.1hybrid regime60moderately free44.02difficult
Mauritania36partly free3.92authoritarian regime55mostly unfree59.45problematic
Uganda35not free4.94hybrid regime51mostly unfree46.08difficult
Jordan33not free3.62authoritarian regime59mostly unfree42.79difficult
Turkey32not free4.48hybrid regime57mostly unfree33.97very serious
Algeria32not free3.77authoritarian regime43repressed45.74difficult
Haiti31not free4.22hybrid regime50repressed57.38problematic
Thailand30not free6.04flawed democracy61moderately free55.24problematic
Burkina Faso30not free3.73authoritarian regime56mostly unfree67.64problematic
Guinea30not free3.08authoritarian regime53mostly unfree59.51problematic
Iraq29not free3.62authoritarian regime32.94very serious
Mali29not free3.93authoritarian regime55mostly unfree52.29difficult
Angola28not free3.66authoritarian regime53mostly unfree48.3difficult
Zimbabwe28not free3.16authoritarian regime39repressed48.17difficult
Brunei28not free66moderately free44.2difficult
Kyrgyzstan27not free4.21hybrid regime56mostly unfree49.91difficult
Qatar25not free3.24authoritarian regime69moderately free55.28problematic
Cambodia24not free3.1authoritarian regime57mostly unfree42.02difficult
Oman24not free3authoritarian regime59mostly unfree37.87very serious
Djibouti24not free2.71authoritarian regime56mostly unfree35.87very serious
Kazakhstan23not free3.14authoritarian regime62moderately free45.87difficult
Rwanda23not free3.1authoritarian regime52mostly unfree46.58difficult
Ethiopia21not free3.38authoritarian regime48repressed47.7difficult
Gabon20not free3.54authoritarian regime56mostly unfree58.12problematic
DR Congo19not free1.13authoritarian regime48repressed48.55difficult
Vietnam19not free2.94authoritarian regime62moderately free24.58very serious
Nicaragua19not free3.6authoritarian regime55mostly unfree37.09very serious
Egypt18not free2.93authoritarian regime50repressed33.37very serious
United Arab Emirates18not free2.7authoritarian regime71mostly free42.99difficult
Republic of the Congo17not free3.11authoritarian regime48repressed60.42problematic
Eswatini17not free3.08authoritarian regime55mostly unfree52.66difficult
Russia16not free3.31authoritarian regime54mostly unfree34.77very serious
Venezuela15not free2.76authoritarian regime26repressed36.99very serious
Cameroon15not free2.77authoritarian regime52mostly unfree45.58difficult
Chad15not free1.55authoritarian regime52mostly unfree53.73difficult
Burundi14not free2.14authoritarian regime42repressed52.14difficult
Laos13not free1.77authoritarian regime50mostly unfree36.66very serious
Iran12not free2.2authoritarian regime42repressed24.81very serious
Uzbekistan12not free2.12authoritarian regime57mostly unfree45.73difficult
Cuba12not free2.84authoritarian regime24repressed29very serious
Bahrain12not free2.49authoritarian regime63moderately free30.59very serious
Sudan10not free2.54authoritarian regime33repressed40.83difficult
Libya10not free1.95authoritarian regime40.22difficult
China9not free2.27authoritarian regime48repressed22.97very serious
Yemen9not free1.95authoritarian regime32.78very serious
Azerbaijan9not free2.68authoritarian regime61moderately free39.93very serious
Afghanistan8not free2.85authoritarian regime39.75very serious
Saudi Arabia8not free2.08authoritarian regime58mostly unfree32.43very serious
Somalia8not free44.24difficult
Belarus8not free2.59authoritarian regime51mostly unfree37.17very serious
Tajikistan7not free1.94authoritarian regime51mostly unfree39.06very serious
Central African Republic7not free1.32authoritarian regime44repressed57.56problematic
Equatorial Guinea5not free1.92authoritarian regime48repressed50.35difficult
Western Sahara4not free43.69difficult
North Korea3not free1.08authoritarian regime3repressed21.72very serious
Eritrea3not free2.15authoritarian regime40repressed27.86very serious
Turkmenistan2not free1.72authoritarian regime47repressed25.82very serious
Syria1not free1.43authoritarian regime27.22very serious
South Sudan1not free50.62difficult
Palestine3.83authoritarian regime37.86very serious
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Where does America rank in the Freedom Index?

The United States of America is ranked 17th on the Human Freedom Index, which measures various indicators, including freedom of speech, religion, movement, and the media. Also tracked is the number of press killings, political imprisonments, and women's rights violations.

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