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 Country rankings

The rankings below are from the Freedom in the World 2010 and Freedom in the World 2011 surveys and reflect events in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Each pair of political rights and civil liberties ratings is averaged to determine an overall status of "Free" (1.0-2.5), "Partly Free" (3.0-5.0), or "Not Free" (5.5-7.0).

 An asterisk (*) indicates countries which are "electoral democracies".

 

To qualify as an "electoral democracy", a state must have satisfied the following criteria:

 

1.       A competitive, multiparty political system;

 

2.       Universal adult suffrage for all citizens (with exceptions for restrictions that states may legitimately place on citizens as sanctions for criminal offenses);

 

3.       Regularly contested elections conducted in conditions of ballot secrecy, reasonable ballot security, and the absence of massive voter fraud that yields results that are unrepresentative of the public will; and

 

4.       Significant public access of major political parties to the electorate through the media and through generally open political campaigning.

Freedom House term "electoral democracy" differs from "liberal democracy" in that the latter also implies the presence of a substantial array of civil liberties. In the survey, all Free countries qualify as both electoral and liberal democracies. By contrast, some Partly Free countries qualify as electoral, but not liberal, democracies.

 

 Americas

Key: * - Electoral democracies (as described above)



Country

Political
Rights
2010

Civil
Liberties
2010


Status
2010

Political
Rights
2011

Civil
Liberties
2011


Status
2011

 Antigua and Barbuda*

3

2

Free

3

2

Free

 Argentina*

2

2

Free

2

2

Free

 Bahamas*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Barbados*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Belize*

1

2

Free

1

2

Free

 Brazil*

2

2

Free

2

2

Free

 Canada*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Chile*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Costa Rica*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Dominica*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Dominican Republic*

2

2

Free

2

2

Free

 El Salvador*

2

3

Free

2

3

Free

 Grenada*

1

2

Free

1

2

Free

 Jamaica*

2

3

Free

2

3

Free

 Panama*

1

2

Free

1

2

Free

 Peru*

2

3

Free

2

3

Free

 Saint Kitts and Nevis*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Saint Lucia*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines*

2

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Suriname*

2

2

Free

2

2

Free

 Trinidad and Tobago*

2

2

Free

2

2

Free

 United States*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Uruguay*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 

 Mexico*

2

3

Free

3

3

Partly Free

 

 Bolivia*

3

3

Partly Free

3

3

Partly Free

 Colombia*

3

4

Partly Free

3

4

Partly Free

 Ecuador*

3

4

Partly Free

3

4

Partly Free

 Guatemala*

4

4

Partly Free

4

4

Partly Free

 Haiti

4

5

Partly Free

4

5

Partly Free

 Honduras

4

4

Partly Free

4

4

Partly Free

 Nicaragua*

4

4

Partly Free

4

4

Partly Free

 Paraguay*

3

3

Partly Free

3

3

Partly Free

 Venezuela

5

4

Partly Free

5

4

Partly Free

 

Central and Eastern Europe, including countries of the former Soviet Union

Key: * - Electoral democracies (as described above)



Country

Political
Rights
2010

Civil
Liberties
2010


Status
2010

Political
Rights
2011

Civil
Liberties
2011


Status
2011

 Bulgaria*

2

2

Free

2

2

Free

 Croatia*

1

2

Free

1

2

Free

 Czech Republic*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Estonia*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Hungary*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Latvia*

2

1

Free

2

2

Free

 Lithuania*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Montenegro*

3

2

Free

3

2

Free

 Poland*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Romania*

2

2

Free

2

2

Free

 Serbia*

2

2

Free

2

2

Free

 Slovakia*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Slovenia*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Ukraine*

3

2

Free

3

3

Partly Free

 

 Albania*

3

3

Partly Free

3

3

Partly Free

 Armenia

6

4

Partly Free

6

4

Partly Free

 Bosnia and Herzegovina*

4

3

Partly Free

4

3

Partly Free

 Georgia

4

4

Partly Free

4

3

Partly Free

 Kosovo

5

4

Partly Free

5

4

Partly Free

 Kyrgyzstan

6

5

Not Free

5

5

Partly Free

Republic of MacedoniaMacedonia*

3

3

Partly Free

3

3

Partly Free

 Moldova*

3

4

Partly Free

3

3

Partly Free

 Ukraine*

3

2

Free

3

3

Partly Free

 

Western, Northern and Southern Europe

Key: * - Electoral democracies (as described above)

Country

Political
Rights
2010

Civil
Liberties
2010


Status
2010

Political
Rights
2011

Civil
Liberties
2011


Status
2011

 Andorra*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Austria*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Belgium*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Cyprus*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Denmark*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Finland*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 France*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Germany*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Greece*

1

2

Free

1

2

Free

 Iceland*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Ireland*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Italy*

1

2

Free

1

2

Free

 Liechtenstein*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Luxembourg*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Malta*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Monaco*

2

1

Free

2

1

Free

 Netherlands*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Norway*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Portugal*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 San Marino*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Spain*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Sweden*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Switzerland*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 United Kingdom*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 

 Turkey*

3

3

Partly Free

3

3

Partly Free

 

Middle East and North Africa

Key: * - Electoral democracies (as described above)



Country

Political
Rights
2010

Civil
Liberties
2010


Status
2010

Political
Rights
2011

Civil
Liberties
2011


Status
2011

 Israel*

1

2

Free

1

2

Free

 

 Kuwait

4

4

Partly Free

4

5

Partly Free

 Lebanon

5

3

Partly Free

5

3

Partly Free

 Morocco

5

4

Partly Free

5

4

Partly Free

 

Related and disputed territories

Key: - Related territory, - Disputed territory



Territory

Political
Rights
2010

Civil
Liberties
2010


Status
2010

Political
Rights
2011

Civil
Liberties
2011


Status
2011

 Northern Cyprus‡ (Cyprus)

2

2

Free

2

2

Free

 Puerto Rico† (USA)

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 

 Abkhazia‡ (Georgia)

5

5

Partly Free

5

5

Partly Free

 Hong Kong† (PRC)

5

2

Partly Free

5

2

Partly Free

IndiaKashmir‡ (India)

4

4

Partly Free

4

5

Partly Free

 Somaliland‡ (Somalia)

5

5

Partly Free

4

5

Partly Free

Sub-Saharan Africa

Key: * - Electoral democracies (as described above)



Country

Political
Rights
2010

Civil
Liberties
2010


Status
2010

Political
Rights
2011

Civil
Liberties
2011


Status
2011

 Benin*

2

2

Free

2

2

Free

 Botswana*

3

2

Free

3

2

Free

 Cape Verde*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Ghana*

1

2

Free

1

2

Free

 Mali*

2

3

Free

2

3

Free

 Mauritius*

1

2

Free

1

2

Free

 Namibia*

2

2

Free

2

2

Free

 São Tomé and Príncipe*

2

2

Free

2

2

Free

 South Africa*

2

2

Free

2

2

Free

 

 Burkina Faso

5

3

Partly Free

5

3

Partly Free

 Burundi

4

5

Partly Free

5

5

Partly Free

 Central African Republic

5

5

Partly Free

5

5

Partly Free

 Comoros*

3

4

Partly Free

3

4

Partly Free

 Gambia

5

5

Partly Free

5

5

Partly Free

 Guinea

7

6

Not Free

5

5

Partly Free

 Guinea-Bissau

4

4

Partly Free

4

4

Partly Free

 Kenya

4

4

Partly Free

4

3

Partly Free

 Lesotho*

3

3

Partly Free

3

3

Partly Free

 Liberia*

3

4

Partly Free

3

4

Partly Free

 Madagascar

6

4

Partly Free

6

4

Partly Free

 Malawi*

3

4

Partly Free

3

4

Partly Free

 Mozambique

4

3

Partly Free

4

3

Partly Free

 Niger

5

4

Partly Free

5

4

Partly Free

 Nigeria

5

4

Partly Free

4

4

Partly Free

 Senegal*

3

3

Partly Free

3

3

Partly Free

 Seychelles*

3

3

Partly Free

3

3

Partly Free

 Sierra Leone*

3

3

Partly Free

3

3

Partly Free

 Tanzania*

4

3

Partly Free

3

3

Partly Free

 Togo

5

4

Partly Free

5

4

Partly Free

 Uganda

5

4

Partly Free

5

4

Partly Free

 Zambia*

3

4

Partly Free

3

4

Partly Free

 

Asia-Pacific

Key: * - Electoral democracies (as described above)



Country

Political
Rights
2010

Civil
Liberties
2010


Status
2010

Political
Rights
2011

Civil
Liberties
2011


Status
2011

 Australia*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 India*

2

3

Free

2

3

Free

 Indonesia*

2

3

Free

2

3

Free

 Japan*

1

2

Free

1

2

Free

 Kiribati*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Marshall Islands*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

Micronesia*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Mongolia*

2

2

Free

2

2

Free

 Nauru*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 New Zealand*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Palau*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Samoa*

2

2

Free

2

2

Free

 South Korea*

1

2

Free

1

2

Free

 Taiwan* (ROC)

1

2

Free

1

2

Free

 Tuvalu*

1

1

Free

1

1

Free

 Vanuatu*

2

2

Free

2

2

Free

 

 Bangladesh*

3

4

Partly Free

3

4

Partly Free

 Bhutan

4

5

Partly Free

4

5

Partly Free

 East Timor*

3

4

Partly Free

3

4

Partly Free

 Fiji

6

4

Partly Free

6

4

Partly Free

 Malaysia

4

4

Partly Free

4

4

Partly Free

 Maldives*

3

4

Partly Free

3

4

Partly Free

 Nepal

4

4

Partly Free

4

4

Partly Free

 Pakistan

4

5

Partly Free

4

5

Partly Free

 Papua New Guinea*

4

3

Partly Free

4

3

Partly Free

 Philippines*

4

3

Partly Free

3

3

Partly Free

 Singapore

5

4

Partly Free

5

4

Partly Free

 Solomon Islands

4

3

Partly Free

4

3

Partly Free

 Sri Lanka

4

4

Partly Free

5

4

Partly Free

 Thailand

5

4

Partly Free

5

4

Partly Free

 Tonga*

5

3

Partly Free

3

3

Partly Free

 

The Principal Value of Liberal Democratic Form of Statehood has no room for discrimination between any child’s and adult’s state guaranteed right of protection from also infliction of forced circumcision.

 


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