| Share
 

Freedom in the World, 2007

Since 1978, Freedom House has published Freedom in the World, an annual comparative assessment of the state of political rights and civil liberties around the world. Widely used by policy makers, journalists, and scholars, the 600-page survey is considered the definitive report on freedom around the globe. The ratings reflect global events from Dec. 1, 2005, through Dec. 31, 2006.

According to the survey, 90 countries are free. Their 3.0 billion inhabitants (47% of the world's population) enjoy a broad range of rights. Fifty-eight countries representing 1.1 billion people (30%) are considered partly free. Political rights and civil liberties are more limited in these countries, in which corruption, dominant ruling parties, or, in some cases, ethnic or religious strife is often the norm. The survey finds that 45 countries are not free. The 2.4 billion inhabitants (23%) of these countries, nearly one-half of whom live in China, are denied most basic political rights and civil liberties. In 2006, Guyana moved from Partly Free to Free, and Haiti and Nepal moved from Not Free to Partly Free. Thailand and the Republic of Congo moved from Partly Free to Not Free.

The list below features only independent countries. Freedom House's separate listing of territories reveals that four territories received the lowest possible political rights rating: Chechnya (Russia), Kashmir (Pakistan), Tibet (China), and Western Sahara (Morocco); of those, Chechnya and Tibet also received the lowest possible civil liberties ratings.

FREE1

  • Ranking: 1
  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kiribati
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Palau
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tuvalu
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Ranking: 1.5
  • Belize
  • Bulgaria
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Mauritius
  • Monaco
  • Panama
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Ranking: 2
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Croatia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Mali
  • Mongolia
  • Namibia
  • Romania
  • Samoa
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • South Africa
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Vanuatu
  • Ranking: 2.5
  • El Salvador
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Jamaica
  • Lesotho
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine

PARTLY FREE1

  • Ranking: 3
  • Albania
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Georgia
  • Honduras
  • Kenya
  • Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Philippines
  • Seychelles
  • Turkey
  • Ranking: 3.5
  • Comoros
  • East Timor
  • Guatemala
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Moldova
  • Mozambique
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Ranking: 4
  • Bangladesh
  • Burkina Faso
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kuwait
  • Malaysia
  • Nigeria
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tonga
  • Venezuela
  • Ranking: 4.5
  • Armenia
  • Burundi
  • Central African Republic
  • Gambia
  • Haiti
  • Jordan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • Singapore
  • Uganda
  • Ranking: 5
  • Afghanistan
  • Bahrain
  • Djibouti
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • Yemen

NOT FREE1

  • Ranking: 5.5
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Congo, Dem. Rep. of
  • Congo, Rep. of
  • Egypt
  • Guinea
  • Kazakhstan
  • Maldives
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Ranking: 6
  • Cameroon
  • Chad
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Swaziland
  • Vietnam
  • Ranking: 6.5
  • Belarus
  • China
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Laos
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • Zimbabwe
  • Ranking: 7
  • Cuba
  • Libya
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • North Korea
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
1. Countries are ranked according to political rights and civil liberties on a scale from 1.0 (most free) to 7.0 (least free).
Source: Freedom in the World, 2007, published by Freedom House. http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=15 .

Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

Most and Least Livable Countries: UN Human Development Index, 2006 Political Statistics The Failed States Index: Most Vulnerable Countries

More on Freedom in the World 2007 from Infoplease:

24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring