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Freedom in the World, 2014

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

Since 1972, Freedom House has published Freedom in the World, an annual comparative assessment of the state of political rights and civil liberties around the world, which uses a ranking system of 1–7 with 1 being most free and 7 being least free. 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 January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013.

A Free (F) country is one where there is open political competition, a climate of respect for civil liberties, significant independent civic life, and independent media.

A Partly Free (PF) country is one in which there is limited respect for political rights and civil liberties. Partly Free states frequently suffer from an environment of corruption, weak rule of law, ethnic and religious strife, and a political landscape in which a single party enjoys dominance despite a certain degree of pluralism.

A Not Free (NF) country is one where basic political rights are absent, and basic civil liberties are widely and systematically denied.

CountryPolitical RightsCivil LibertiesStatus
Afghanistan66NF
Albania33PF
Algeria65NF
Andorra11F
Angola65NF
Antigua & Barbuda22F
Argentina22F
Armenia54PF
Australia11F
Austria11F
Azerbaijan66NF
Bahamas11F
Bahrain66NF
Bangladesh34PF
Barbados11F
Belarus76NF
Belgium11F
Belize12F
Benin22F
Bhutan34PF
Bolivia33PF
Bosnia-Herzegovina33PF
Botswana32F
Brazil33F
Brunei65NF
Bulgaria22F
Burkina Faso53NF
Burma65NF
Burundi55PF
Cambodia65NF
Cameroon66NF
Canada11F
Cape Verde11F
Central African Republic77PF
Chad76NF
Chile11F
China76NF
Colombia34PF
Comoros34PF
Congo (Brazzaville)65NF
Congo (Kinshasa)66NF
Costa Rica11F
Cote d'Ivoire55PF
Croatia12F
Cuba76NF
Cyprus11F
Czech Republic11F
Czechoslovakia---
Denmark11F
Djibouti65NF
Dominica11F
Dominican Republic22F
East Timor34PF
Ecuador33PF
Egypt55PF
El Salvador23F
Equatorial Guinea77NF
Eritrea77NF
Estonia11F
Ethiopia66NF
Fiji64PF
Finland11F
France11F
Gabon65NF
Gambia, The66NF
Georgia33PF
Germany11F
Germany, E.---
Germany, W.---
Ghana12F
Greece22F
Grenada12F
Guatemala34PF
Guinea55PF
Guinea-Bissau65NF
Guyana23F
Haiti45PF
Honduras44PF
Hungary12F
Iceland11F
India23F
Indonesia24PF
Iran66NF
Iraq56NF
Ireland11F
Israel12F
Italy11F
Jamaica23F
Japan11F
Jordan65NF
Kazakhstan65NF
Kenya44PF
Kosovo54PF
Kuwait55PF
Kyrgyzstan55PF
Laos76NF
Latvia22F
Lebanon54PF
Lesotho23F
Liberia34PF
Libya45PF
Liechtenstein11F
Lithuania11F
Luxembourg11F
Macedonia33PF
Madagascar54PF
Malawi34PF
Malaysia44PF
Maldives44PF
Mali545PF
Malta11F
Marshall Islands11F
Mauritania65NF
Mauritius12F
Mexico33PF
Micronesia11F
Moldova33PF
Monaco21F
Mongolia12F
Montenegro32F
Morocco54PF
Mozambique43PF
Namibia22F
Nauru11F
Nepal44PF
Netherlands11F
New Zealand11F
Nicaragua54PF
Niger34PF
Nigeria45PF
North Korea77NF
Norway11F
Oman65NF
Pakistan45PF
Palau11F
Panama12F
Papua New Guinea43PF
Paraguay33PF
Peru23F
Philippines33PF
Poland11F
Portugal11F
Qatar65NF
Romania22F
Russia65NF
Rwanda66NF
Saint Kitts and Nevis11F
Saint Lucia11F
Saint Vincent & Grenadines11F
Samoa22F
San Marino11F
Sao Tome & Principe22F
Saudi Arabia77NF
Senegal23F
Serbia22F
Seychelles33PF
Sierra Leone33PF
Singapore44PF
Slovakia11F
Slovenia11F
Solomon Islands43PF
Somalia77NF
South Africa22F
South Korea22F
South Sudan66NF
Spain11F
Sri Lanka54PF
Sudan77NF
Suriname22F
Swaziland75NF
Sweden11F
Switzerland11F
Syria77NF
Taiwan12F
Tajikistan66NF
Tanzania33PF
Thailand44PF
Togo44PF
Tonga22F
Trinidad & Tobago22F
Tunisia33PF
Turkey34PF
Turkmenistan77NF
Tuvalu11F
Uganda64PF
Ukraine43PF
United Arab Emirates66NF
United Kingdom11F
United States11F
Uruguay11F
USSR---
Uzbekistan77NF
Vanuatu22F
Venezuela55NF
Vietnam75NF
Vietnam, N.---
Vietnam, S.---
Yemen66NF
Yemen, N.---
Yemen, S.---
Yugoslavia---
Yugoslavia (Serbia & Montenegro)---
Zambia34PF
Zimbabwe56NF
Source: Freedom in the World, 2014, published by Freedom House.
 

 

 

 

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