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Political Risk Index 2021

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Political Risk Index by Country 2024

Knowing, monitoring, and understanding the level of political risk associated with various countries is key in a world where people from all over the world are increasingly connected.

That said, the Political Risk Index (or PRI for short) is a metric that measures and assesses the level of risk attached to a specific country by examining 17 risk components. Examples of these components include export markets, social cohesion, international relations, real GDP growth, direct investment, and turmoil.

Here’s a closer look at some of the world nations with the highest Political Risk Index ratings, as well as some impactful factors that can influence such scores.

Political Risk Index by Country

As of 2023, the following are some examples of countries found to have the highest levels of political risk.

Larger regions found to be associated with higher levels of risk include the Middle East and Africa. Some contributing reasons for the elevated risk levels include political instability stemming from ongoing conflict, as well as strict cuts in oil production.

Additional threats that emerged or escalated in 2023 and contributed to elevated risk levels include the Russia-Ukraine conflict, U.S. political polarization, and Chinese centralized power.

General Factors Contributing to Political Risk Index Scores

Non-specific general factors that can augment or reduce a country’s PRI, especially over time, include examples like the following.

Corruption

Corruption is among the largest, most destructive contributors to political risk. It erodes a system from the inside out, damaging the trust of the people. This can in turn have far-reaching effects on investment environments, as well.

International Conflict

Ongoing disputes or far-reaching conflicts with other countries can absolutely add to political risk scores and affect that nation’s relationships with the rest of its neighbors.

Civil Unrest

Conflict doesn’t have to be external to negatively affect a country’s level of political risk. Forms of internal unrest – such as riots, civil confrontations, and various forms of violence – can drastically elevate things in the wrong direction, making other nations wary about investing or engaging in partnerships.

Environmental Factors

In cases where countries are especially prone to destructive natural disasters or adverse events related to climate change, it can raise political risk. This is because of the damaging effects and general stress such events put on a country’s people, economy, and overall social climate.

- The Political Risk Index (PRI) combines 17 risk components, from civic turmoil to export markets, to create a single score that encapsulates the overall measure of risk for a given country.
- Higher scores indicate reduced levels of risk and are preferable.

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Country
Political Risk Index 2021
Political Risk Index 2020
Political Risk Index 2019
Political Risk Index 2018
Political Risk Index 2017
Singapore9090929291
Canada8989919192
Norway8989888888
Czech Republic8888898988
Austria8888878787
Hong Kong8787909193
New Zealand8787868686
Australia8686888686
Taiwan8686899089
Sweden8686868686
United Arab Emirates8686899088
Ireland8686848382
Japan8586878585
Netherlands8585868786
Israel8484858584
Switzerland8484868684
Bulgaria8484838383
Finland8484858783
United States8383878788
Germany8383848484
Poland8383828278
Denmark8383838382
Slovakia8383838481
South Korea8281818181
Chile8282808383
Belgium8181808080
Botswana8080818182
Malaysia7979787879
Uruguay7979797977
Jamaica7878798078
Spain7777808078
United Kingdom7676767778
Romania7677777777
Oman7676747476
Trinidad and Tobago7676787879
Thailand7575767676
Peru7575787878
Azerbaijan7575747371
Hungary7575747473
Panama7575787877
Kuwait7575777777
Saudi Arabia7474747676
Portugal7474757774
France7374747876
Paraguay7373727472
Costa Rica7373757573
India7272747272
Mexico7272717075
Greece7272747268
Vietnam7171697169
Morocco7171727271
Guyana7171686667
Indonesia7070716869
Italy7070706971
Guatemala7070717271
El Salvador7070767469
Suriname7070717168
Philippines6969697068
Turkey6969727273
Colombia6969717374
Dominican Republic6969707171
Honduras6968687067
Kazakhstan6868666668
China6767676969
Ghana6768686871
South Africa6666696765
Ivory Coast6666606468
Bangladesh6565656663
Papua New Guinea6565676764
Gabon6565646366
Brazil6464666867
Angola6464636563
Bolivia6464616367
Kenya6363656767
Cameroon6363656867
Sri Lanka6363696870
Nicaragua6363676672
Argentina6261626670
Guinea6262585859
Algeria6161626262
Zambia6161656665
Egypt6060646358
Tunisia6060646265
Republic of the Congo6060626263
Nigeria5757575755
Ukraine5757585353
Russia5656575756
Pakistan5353555657
Sudan5353535655
Ecuador5353595957
Haiti5151596164
DR Congo5050505050
Myanmar4949636464
Libya4949464644
Cuba4849485048
Iran4646495057
Iraq4545484847
Syria4545454546
Zimbabwe3838424342
Venezuela3737393939
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Which country has the highest political risk?

The country as of 2021 with the highest political risk based on the lowest political stability rating was Somalia.

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