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The human freedom index is a measure that quantifies the level of personal, civil, and economic freedoms in a country. It takes into account various factors such as the rule of law, property rights, freedom of speech and religion, and access to economic opportunities.

Switzerland ranks first with a human freedom index of 9.11, followed closely by New Zealand at 9.01 and Denmark at 8.98. These countries consistently rank high in terms of personal and economic freedoms, demonstrating a strong commitment to individual rights and free market principles. On the other end of the spectrum, countries like Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen have the lowest human freedom index scores, with scores of 3.66, 4.03, and 4.08, respectively. These countries are plagued by political instability, authoritarian regimes, and severe restrictions on personal and economic freedoms.

European countries, particularly those in Western Europe, tend to rank higher on the index, reflecting a tradition of democratic governance and respect for individual rights. Conversely, countries in the Middle East and North Africa region often have lower freedom index scores, indicating challenges in terms of political and civil liberties. Overall, the human freedom index provides valuable insights into the state of freedom around the world and highlights the need for continued efforts to protect and promote individual liberties.

World Freedom Index

#CountryHuman Freedom IndexSystem of GovernmentLiberal Democracy Index
1Switzerland9.11Parliamentary Republic0.84
2New Zealand9.01Constitutional Monarchies0.84
3Denmark8.98Constitutional Monarchies0.88
4Estonia8.91Parliamentary Republic0.84
5Ireland8.9Parliamentary Republic0.82
6Canada8.85Constitutional Monarchies0.76
7Finland8.85Parliamentary Republic0.83
8Australia8.84Constitutional Monarchies0.81
9Sweden8.83Constitutional Monarchies0.88
10Luxembourg8.8Constitutional Monarchies0.8
11Netherlands8.78Constitutional Monarchies0.81
12Iceland8.77Parliamentary Republic0.75
13Norway8.76Constitutional Monarchies0.86
14United Kingdom8.75Constitutional Monarchies0.78
15Germany8.73Parliamentary Republic0.82
16Japan8.73Constitutional Monarchies0.74
17United States of America8.73Presidential0.74
18Portugal8.69Parliamentary Republic0.81
19Lithuania8.68Parliamentary Republic0.74
20Taiwan8.68Semi-presidential0.7
21Austria8.67Parliamentary Republic0.75
22Latvia8.67Parliamentary Republic0.73
23Belgium8.61Constitutional Monarchies0.82
24Czech Republic8.61Parliamentary Republic0.71
25Spain8.56Constitutional Monarchies0.78
26Italy8.49Parliamentary Republic0.77
27Malta8.45Parliamentary Republic0.64
28Chile8.44Presidential0.77
29Cyprus8.42Presidential0.69
30Hong Kong8.410.2
31South Korea8.39Presidential0.79
32Slovenia8.37Parliamentary Republic0.6
33Uruguay8.36Presidential0.76
34France8.34Semi-presidential0.8
35Romania8.33Semi-presidential0.64
36Costa Rica8.25Presidential0.85
37The Bahamas8.22Constitutional Monarchies
38Slovakia8.21Parliamentary Republic0.77
39Armenia8.2Presidential0.56
40Georgia8.2Presidential0.49
41Croatia8.16Parliamentary Republic0.63
42Albania8.14Parliamentary Republic0.4
43Panama8.12Presidential0.56
44Bulgaria8.08Parliamentary Republic0.55
45Mauritius8.07Parliamentary Republic0.46
46Mongolia8Semi-presidential0.49
47Singapore7.98Parliamentary Republic0.33
48Poland7.96Parliamentary Republic0.41
49Peru7.93Presidential0.65
50Barbados7.92Constitutional Monarchies0.68
51Jamaica7.91Constitutional Monarchies0.69
52Botswana7.9Presidential0.49
53Dominican Republic7.88Presidential0.47
54Montenegro7.88Semi-presidential0.39
55Greece7.86Parliamentary Republic0.67
56Seychelles7.84Presidential0.57
57Republic of Macedonia7.75Parliamentary Republic0.4
58Hungary7.73Parliamentary Republic0.36
59Trinidad and Tobago7.7Parliamentary Republic0.66
60Moldova7.68Semi-presidential0.62
61Israel7.66Parliamentary Republic0.65
62Belize7.64Constitutional Monarchies
63Suriname7.64Presidential0.65
64Guatemala7.63Presidential0.32
65Namibia7.56Presidential0.51
66Bosnia and Herzegovina7.54Semi-presidential0.35
67Paraguay7.54Presidential0.43
68Serbia7.54Parliamentary Republic0.24
69Ghana7.49Presidential0.57
70Guyana7.49Semi-presidential0.37
71Ecuador7.43Presidential0.47
72El Salvador7.39Presidential0.22
73Argentina7.38Presidential0.66
74Fiji7.36Parliamentary Republic0.27
75Benin7.32Presidential0.28
76South Africa7.3Semi-presidential0.59
77Brazil7.22Presidential0.51
78East Timor7.22Parliamentary Republic0.49
79Haiti7.21Presidential0.21
80Kyrgyzstan7.18Presidential0.27
81Malaysia7.17Constitutional Monarchies0.29
82Papua New Guinea7.17Constitutional Monarchies0.34
83Nepal7.12Semi-constitutional Monarchies0.46
84Indonesia7.1Presidential0.43
85Honduras7.09Presidential0.24
86Senegal7.07Presidential0.55
87Madagascar7.02Presidential0.24
88Colombia7.01Presidential0.47
89Lesotho7.01Constitutional Monarchies0.5
90Malawi6.99Presidential0.53
91Bolivia6.94Presidential0.37
92Mexico6.92Presidential0.39
93Jordan6.91Semi-constitutional Monarchies0.25
94Ivory Coast6.9Presidential0.24
95Thailand6.89Military Junta0.17
96The Gambia6.88Presidential0.41
97Bhutan6.86Absolute Monarchies0.48
98Ukraine6.86Semi-presidential0.32
99Burkina Faso6.85Presidential0.48
100Philippines6.83Presidential0.28
101Zambia6.82Presidential0.3
102Liberia6.81Presidential0.46
103Gabon6.8Presidential0.21
104Mozambique6.8Presidential0.24
105Guinea-Bissau6.77Presidential0.36
106Kazakhstan6.77Presidential0.13
107Lebanon6.76Semi-presidential0.28
108Belarus6.73Presidential0.04
109Kenya6.73Presidential0.4
110Sierra Leone6.7Presidential0.43
111Sri Lanka6.58Semi-presidential0.38
112Togo6.5Presidential0.2
113Tanzania6.48Presidential0.31
114Cambodia6.47Constitutional Monarchies0.07
115Brunei6.46Absolute Monarchies
116Tunisia6.46Presidential0.46
117Niger6.41Presidential0.4
118India6.39Parliamentary Republic0.36
119Rwanda6.36Presidential0.12
120Kuwait6.34Semi-constitutional Monarchies0.27
121Uganda6.32Presidential0.21
122Nigeria6.28Presidential0.34
123Mali6.25Presidential0.18
124Nicaragua6.24Presidential0.06
125Russia6.23Semi-presidential0.1
126Azerbaijan6.16Presidential0.07
127Qatar6.15Absolute Monarchies0.09
128Angola6.09Semi-presidential0.19
129Comoros6.07Presidential0.13
130United Arab Emirates6.06Absolute Monarchies0.08
131Ethiopia5.95Parliamentary Republic0.15
132Oman5.92Absolute Monarchies0.14
133Morocco5.9Semi-constitutional Monarchies0.24
134Vietnam5.9One-party0.13
135Laos5.85One-party0.1
136Djibouti5.84Presidential0.12
137Guinea5.82Presidential0.11
138Turkey5.79Parliamentary Republic0.12
139Eswatini5.790.11
140Myanmar5.78Military Junta0.08
141Bangladesh5.75Parliamentary Republic0.12
142Bahrain5.73Semi-constitutional Monarchies0.05
143Mauritania5.73Military Junta0.17
144Cameroon5.63Presidential0.13
145Pakistan5.63Semi-presidential0.23
146Central African Republic5.62Presidential0.16
147Democratic Republic of the Congo5.62Presidential0.16
148Zimbabwe5.6Presidential0.19
149Chad5.57Presidential0.07
150People's Republic of China5.57One-party0.04
151Republic of the Congo5.55Presidential0.11
152Tajikistan5.52Presidential0.05
153Algeria5.26Semi-presidential0.15
154Saudi Arabia5.12Absolute Monarchies0.04
155Libya5.05Military Junta0.15
156Burundi5.02Presidential0.08
157Iraq5.02Parliamentary Republic0.22
158Somalia4.930.09
159Iran4.53Theocracies0.12
160Egypt4.49Semi-presidential0.12
161Sudan4.48Presidential0.08
162Yemen4.08Semi-presidential0.03
163Venezuela4.03Presidential0.07
164Syria3.66One-party0.04

Countries Ranked by Freedom

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8.14

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#80

Algeria

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5.26

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#153

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#131

Algeria has a human freedom index score of 5.26, reflecting challenges in terms of political rights, civil liberties, and economic freedoms. The country has faced periods of political repression, limited political pluralism, and restrictions on freedom of expression, contributing to a low score on the human freedom index.

Angola

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6.09

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#128

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#122

Argentina

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7.38

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#73

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#37

Armenia

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8.2

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#39

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Presidential

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#53

Australia

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8.84

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#8

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#14

Australia obtains a human freedom index score of 8.84 due to its strong legal framework and respect for personal freedoms. The country has a robust democracy, safeguarding civil liberties and promoting political participation. Australia's free-market economy and emphasis on individual rights contribute to its high score on the freedom index.

Austria

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8.67

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#21

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Parliamentary Republic

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#26

Azerbaijan

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6.16

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#126

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#158

Bahrain

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5.73

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#142

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Semi-constitutional Monarchies

Ranked in the World

#164

Bangladesh

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5.75

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#141

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Parliamentary Republic

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#142

Barbados

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7.92

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#50

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Constitutional Monarchies

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#35

Belarus

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6.73

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#108

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#170

Belgium

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8.61

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#23

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Constitutional Monarchies

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#11

Belize

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7.64

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#62

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Benin

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7.32

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#75

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#103

Bhutan

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6.86

Ranked in the World

#97

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Absolute Monarchies

Ranked in the World

#64

Bolivia

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6.94

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#91

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Presidential

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#87

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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7.54

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#66

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#92

Botswana

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7.9

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#52

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Presidential

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#63

Brazil

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7.22

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#77

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Presidential

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#58

Brunei

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6.46

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#115

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Bulgaria

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8.08

Ranked in the World

#44

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Parliamentary Republic

Ranked in the World

#55

Burkina Faso

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6.85

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#99

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#65

Burundi

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5.02

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#156

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#156

Burundi has a human freedom index score of 5.02, primarily due to political repression, lack of respect for human rights, and restrictions on civil liberties. The country has faced periods of political violence and instability, resulting in limited freedom of expression, limited political pluralism, and a constrained civil society.

Cambodia

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6.47

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#114

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Constitutional Monarchies

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#160

Cameroon

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5.63

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#144

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#135

Canada

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8.85

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#6

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Constitutional Monarchies

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#24

Canada maintains a human freedom index score of 8.85, reflecting its commitment to democratic governance and individual rights. The country upholds the rule of law, safeguards freedom of expression and association, and provides equal opportunities for its citizens. Canada's strong institutions and respect for civil liberties contribute to its high human freedom index score.

Central African Republic

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5.62

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#146

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#127

Chad

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5.57

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#149

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#159

Chad has a human freedom index score of 5.57, primarily due to political instability, human rights abuses, and limited economic opportunities. The country has faced challenges such as armed conflict, corruption, and restrictions on civil liberties, contributing to a low score on the human freedom index.

Chile

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8.44

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#28

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#21

Colombia

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7.01

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#88

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Presidential

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#68

Comoros

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6.07

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#129

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#136

Costa Rica

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8.25

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#36

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#4

Croatia

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8.16

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#41

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#45

Cyprus

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8.42

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#29

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#34

Czech Republic

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8.61

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#24

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Parliamentary Republic

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#31

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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5.62

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#147

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#128

Denmark

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8.98

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#2

Denmark achieves a human freedom index score of 8.98 due to its progressive policies and high respect for civil liberties. The country has a strong welfare system that promotes social equality and individual well-being, while also maintaining a business-friendly environment. Denmark's transparent and accountable governance, along with its commitment to human rights, contribute to its high score on the freedom index.

Djibouti

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5.84

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#136

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Presidential

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#138

Dominican Republic

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7.88

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#53

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Presidential

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#67

East Timor

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7.22

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#78

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Parliamentary Republic

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#62

Ecuador

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7.43

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#71

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Presidential

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#69

Egypt

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4.49

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#160

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#140

Egypt has a human freedom index score of 4.49, primarily due to restrictions on political rights and civil liberties. The country has faced periods of political instability, including the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi, leading to an increased crackdown on dissent, limited freedom of expression, and curtailed political freedoms.

El Salvador

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7.39

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#72

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#116

Estonia

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8.91

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#4

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#5

Estonia obtains a human freedom index score of 8.91, largely due to its liberal economic policies and technological advancements. The country has embraced digital innovation and e-governance, providing its citizens with efficient public services and fostering an environment of economic freedom. Estonia's emphasis on personal and economic liberties has propelled it to a high position on the freedom index.

Eswatini

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5.79

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#138

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#145

Ethiopia

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5.95

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#131

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Parliamentary Republic

Ranked in the World

#129

Fiji

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7.36

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#74

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Parliamentary Republic

Ranked in the World

#105

Finland

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8.85

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#7

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Finland achieves a human freedom index score of 8.85, highlighting its robust protection of civil liberties and individual rights. The country has a well-functioning social welfare system, ensuring equal access to education, healthcare, and social security. Finland's commitment to human rights and its emphasis on social equality contribute to its high ranking on the freedom index.

France

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8.34

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#34

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#16

Gabon

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6.8

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#103

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#119

Georgia

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8.2

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#40

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#61

Germany

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8.73

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#15

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#9

Germany achieves a human freedom index score of 8.73, reflecting its strong commitment to personal and economic freedoms. The country has a highly developed legal system that protects civil liberties and upholds the rule of law. Germany's vibrant democracy and market-oriented economy contribute to its high ranking on the freedom index.

Ghana

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7.49

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#69

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#51

Greece

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7.86

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#55

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Parliamentary Republic

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#36

Guatemala

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7.63

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#64

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#96

Guinea

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5.82

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#137

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#144

Guinea-Bissau

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6.77

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#105

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#90

Guyana

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7.49

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#70

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#88

Haiti

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7.21

Ranked in the World

#79

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#118

Honduras

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7.09

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#85

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#113

Hong Kong

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8.41

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#30

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#120

Hungary

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7.73

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#58

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Parliamentary Republic

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#89

Iceland

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8.77

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Parliamentary Republic

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#25

Iceland achieves a human freedom index score of 8.77, largely due to its strong rule of law and respect for civil liberties. The country has a low level of corruption and a well-functioning democracy, ensuring political stability and personal freedoms. Iceland's emphasis on transparency, accountability, and individual rights contributes to its high freedom index score.

India

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6.39

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#118

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Parliamentary Republic

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#91

Indonesia

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7.1

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#84

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#75

Iran

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4.53

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Theocracies

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Iran has a human freedom index score of 4.53, indicating a low level of personal, civil, and economic freedoms. The country is governed by an authoritarian regime with limited political pluralism, restricted freedom of expression, and curtailed civil liberties, including limitations on women's rights and religious freedom.

Iraq

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5.02

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#157

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#115

Iraq has a human freedom index score of 5.02, reflecting challenges in terms of personal, civil, and economic freedoms. The country has experienced years of conflict, sectarian tensions, and political instability, leading to restrictions on freedom of expression, inadequate protection of human rights, and a weak rule of law.

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8.9

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#10

Ireland attains a human freedom index score of 8.9, reflecting its respect for civil liberties and free market principles. The country has a strong legal framework that protects individual rights and encourages entrepreneurship. With a favorable business environment and a commitment to personal freedoms, Ireland ranks highly in terms of human freedom.

Israel

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7.66

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#61

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Parliamentary Republic

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#41

Italy

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8.49

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#26

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Parliamentary Republic

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#20

Ivory Coast

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6.9

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#94

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#109

Jamaica

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7.91

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#51

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#33

Japan

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8.73

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#27

Japan obtains a human freedom index score of 8.73, largely due to its well-established legal framework and respect for civil liberties. The country protects freedom of expression and has a low level of corruption. Japan's strong rule of law, economic stability, and emphasis on individual rights contribute to its high freedom index score.

Jordan

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6.91

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#93

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Semi-constitutional Monarchies

Ranked in the World

#107

Kazakhstan

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6.77

Ranked in the World

#106

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#134

Kenya

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6.73

Ranked in the World

#109

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Presidential

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#81

Kuwait

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6.34

Ranked in the World

#120

System of Government

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Semi-constitutional Monarchies

Ranked in the World

#104

Kyrgyzstan

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7.18

Ranked in the World

#80

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#106

Laos

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5.85

Ranked in the World

#135

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One-party

Ranked in the World

#148

Latvia

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8.67

Ranked in the World

#22

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Parliamentary Republic

Ranked in the World

#30

Lebanon

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6.76

Ranked in the World

#107

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Ranked in the World

#101

Lesotho

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7.01

Ranked in the World

#89

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Constitutional Monarchies

Ranked in the World

#59

Liberia

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6.81

Ranked in the World

#102

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#72

Libya

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5.05

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#155

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Military Junta

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#130

Libya has a human freedom index score of 5.05, reflecting the impact of ongoing conflict, political fragmentation, and the absence of a stable government. These factors have contributed to a challenging human rights situation, including limitations on freedom of speech, lack of security, and limited access to justice.

Lithuania

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8.68

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#19

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Parliamentary Republic

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#28

Lithuania has a human freedom index score of 8.68, indicating a relatively high level of personal, civil, and economic freedoms. This score can be attributed to Lithuania's strong commitment to democratic governance, the rule of law, and the protection of individual rights, as well as its open and competitive market economy.

Luxembourg

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8.8

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#10

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#15

Luxembourg achieves a human freedom index score of 8.8, largely due to its favorable business environment and respect for individual rights. The country has a well-regulated financial sector and promotes economic competitiveness. Luxembourg's commitment to political stability and personal freedoms contributes to its high human freedom index score.

Madagascar

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7.02

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#87

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#110

Malawi

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6.99

Ranked in the World

#90

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#56

Malaysia

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7.17

Ranked in the World

#81

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Constitutional Monarchies

Ranked in the World

#100

Mali

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6.25

Ranked in the World

#123

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Ranked in the World

#124

Malta

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8.45

Ranked in the World

#27

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Parliamentary Republic

Ranked in the World

#44

Mauritania

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5.73

Ranked in the World

#143

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Military Junta

Ranked in the World

#126

Mauritius

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8.07

Ranked in the World

#45

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Parliamentary Republic

Ranked in the World

#70

Mexico

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6.92

Ranked in the World

#92

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#85

Moldova

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7.68

Ranked in the World

#60

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Semi-presidential

Ranked in the World

#46

Mongolia

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8

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#46

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Semi-presidential

Ranked in the World

#60

Montenegro

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7.88

Ranked in the World

#54

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Semi-presidential

Ranked in the World

#84

Morocco

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5.9

Ranked in the World

#133

System of Government

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Semi-constitutional Monarchies

Ranked in the World

#111

Mozambique

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6.8

Ranked in the World

#104

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Ranked in the World

#112

Myanmar

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5.78

Ranked in the World

#140

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Military Junta

Ranked in the World

#152

Namibia

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7.56

Ranked in the World

#65

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Ranked in the World

#57

Nepal

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7.12

Ranked in the World

#83

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Semi-constitutional Monarchies

Ranked in the World

#71

Netherlands

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8.78

Ranked in the World

#11

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Constitutional Monarchies

Ranked in the World

#12

The Netherlands obtains a human freedom index score of 8.78, reflecting its strong commitment to civil liberties and individual rights. The country has a well-established legal system that protects personal freedoms, including freedom of expression and equality. The Netherlands' robust institutions and progressive policies contribute to its high ranking on the freedom index.

New Zealand

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9.01

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#2

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#6

New Zealand boasts a human freedom index score of 9.01, indicating its commitment to personal and economic freedoms. The country has a robust legal framework that upholds individual rights, including freedom of speech and assembly. Additionally, New Zealand has a well-functioning market economy and a strong emphasis on social inclusiveness, contributing to its high freedom index score.

Nicaragua

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6.24

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#124

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#162

Niger

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6.41

Ranked in the World

#117

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#82

Nigeria

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6.28

Ranked in the World

#122

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#93

Norway

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8.76

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#13

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#3

Norway attains a human freedom index score of 8.76, reflecting its strong commitment to personal and economic freedoms. The country has a well-developed welfare system that promotes social equality and economic opportunity. Norway's democratic governance, high standard of living, and respect for individual rights contribute to its high ranking on the freedom index.

Oman

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5.92

Ranked in the World

#132

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Absolute Monarchies

Ranked in the World

#133

Pakistan

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5.63

Ranked in the World

#145

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#114

Pakistan has a human freedom index score of 5.63, indicating challenges in terms of personal, civil, and economic freedoms. The country has faced issues such as political instability, restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly, and limited religious freedom, contributing to a lower score on the human freedom index.

Panama

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8.12

Ranked in the World

#43

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#52

Papua New Guinea

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7.17

Ranked in the World

#82

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Constitutional Monarchies

Ranked in the World

#94

Paraguay

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7.54

Ranked in the World

#67

System of Government

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#76

People's Republic of China

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5.57

Ranked in the World

#150

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One-party

Ranked in the World

#166

China has a human freedom index score of 5.57, reflecting the impact of its one-party Communist regime, which tightly controls political power and suppresses dissent. The country faces restrictions on freedom of expression, limited political pluralism, and widespread surveillance, contributing to a low score on the human freedom index.

Peru

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7.93

Ranked in the World

#49

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#40

Philippines

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6.83

Ranked in the World

#100

System of Government

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#102

Poland

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7.96

Ranked in the World

#48

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Parliamentary Republic

Ranked in the World

#78

Portugal

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8.69

Ranked in the World

#18

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Parliamentary Republic

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#13

Portugal achieves a human freedom index score of 8.69, largely due to its respect for civil liberties and democratic governance. The country has made significant progress in strengthening the rule of law and promoting personal freedoms. Portugal's commitment to political stability and individual rights contributes to its high ranking on the freedom index.

Qatar

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6.15

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#127

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Absolute Monarchies

Ranked in the World

#151

Republic of Macedonia

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7.75

Ranked in the World

#57

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Parliamentary Republic

Ranked in the World

#83

Republic of the Congo

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5.55

Ranked in the World

#151

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#146

Romania

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8.33

Ranked in the World

#35

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Semi-presidential

Ranked in the World

#43

Russia

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6.23

Ranked in the World

#125

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Semi-presidential

Ranked in the World

#147

Rwanda

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6.36

Ranked in the World

#119

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#141

Saudi Arabia

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5.12

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#154

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#167

Saudi Arabia has a human freedom index score of 5.12, primarily due to its authoritarian monarchy, which severely restricts political freedoms, freedom of expression, and human rights. The country has faced criticism for its treatment of women, limited religious freedom, and lack of accountability for human rights abuses.

Senegal

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7.07

Ranked in the World

#86

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#54

Serbia

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7.54

Ranked in the World

#68

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Parliamentary Republic

Ranked in the World

#108

Seychelles

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7.84

Ranked in the World

#56

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#50

Sierra Leone

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6.7

Ranked in the World

#110

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#77

Singapore

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7.98

Ranked in the World

#47

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Parliamentary Republic

Ranked in the World

#95

Slovakia

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8.21

Ranked in the World

#38

System of Government

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Parliamentary Republic

Ranked in the World

#22

Slovenia

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8.37

Ranked in the World

#32

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Parliamentary Republic

Ranked in the World

#47

Somalia

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4.93

Ranked in the World

#158

Ranked in the World

#149

Somalia has a human freedom index score of 4.93, largely due to the absence of a functioning central government, ongoing armed conflict, and the presence of extremist groups. These factors have resulted in significant challenges to personal safety, limited access to justice, and an unstable economic environment.

South Africa

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7.3

Ranked in the World

#76

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Semi-presidential

Ranked in the World

#48

South Korea

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8.39

Ranked in the World

#31

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#17

Spain

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8.56

Ranked in the World

#25

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Ranked in the World

#18

Sri Lanka

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6.58

Ranked in the World

#111

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Semi-presidential

Ranked in the World

#86

Sudan

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4.48

Ranked in the World

#161

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#153

Sudan has a human freedom index score of 4.48, reflecting challenges in terms of personal, civil, and economic freedoms. This freedom index score can be attributed to the years of authoritarian rule under former President Omar al-Bashir, characterized by the suppression of political opposition, restrictions on media freedom, and inadequate protection of human rights.

Suriname

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7.64

Ranked in the World

#63

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#42

Sweden

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8.83

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#9

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Sweden attains a human freedom index score of 8.83, reflecting its strong commitment to personal freedoms and social welfare. The country upholds the rule of law, protects civil liberties, and promotes social inclusiveness. Sweden's high level of economic freedom, coupled with its social safety net, contributes to its high ranking on the freedom index.

Switzerland

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9.11

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#1

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Parliamentary Republic

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#7

Switzerland has a human freedom index score of 9.11, reflecting its high level of personal, civil, and economic freedoms. This can be attributed to Switzerland's strong rule of law, respect for property rights, and political stability, which provide a favorable environment for individual liberties and economic prosperity.

Syria

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3.66

Ranked in the World

#164

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#169

Syria has a human freedom index score of 3.66, reflecting its low level of personal, civil, and economic freedoms. This freedom index score can be attributed to the ongoing civil war, which has led to widespread human rights abuses, a lack of political stability, and restrictions on individual liberties, including freedom of speech and assembly.

Taiwan

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8.68

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#20

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#32

Taiwan also boasts a human freedom index score of 8.68, reflecting its high level of personal, civil, and economic freedoms. This score can be attributed to Taiwan's robust democratic institutions, respect for the rule of law, freedom of expression, and vibrant market economy. Taiwan's commitment to human rights and civil liberties contributes to its strong performance in the freedom index.

Tajikistan

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5.52

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#152

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#165

Tajikistan has a human freedom index score of 5.52, largely due to the authoritarian rule under President Emomali Rahmon, limited political pluralism, and restrictions on freedom of expression. The country has faced criticism for its lack of respect for human rights, including limitations on media freedom and political opposition.

Tanzania

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6.48

Ranked in the World

#113

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Ranked in the World

#98

Thailand

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6.89

Ranked in the World

#95

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Military Junta

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#125

The Bahamas

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8.22

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#37

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6.88

Ranked in the World

#96

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Ranked in the World

#79

Togo

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6.5

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#112

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#121

Trinidad and Tobago

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7.7

Ranked in the World

#59

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Parliamentary Republic

Ranked in the World

#39

Tunisia

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6.46

Ranked in the World

#116

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Ranked in the World

#73

Turkey

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5.79

Ranked in the World

#139

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Parliamentary Republic

Ranked in the World

#143

Uganda

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6.32

Ranked in the World

#121

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Presidential

Ranked in the World

#117

Ukraine

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6.86

Ranked in the World

#98

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Ranked in the World

#97

United Arab Emirates

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6.06

Ranked in the World

#130

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#154

United Kingdom

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8.75

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#14

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#19

The United Kingdom maintains a human freedom index score of 8.75, largely due to its robust legal framework and political stability. The country upholds civil liberties, including freedom of speech and assembly, while also fostering a business-friendly environment. The United Kingdom's commitment to the rule of law and individual rights contributes to its high freedom index score.

United States of America

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8.73

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#17

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#29

The United States of America maintains a human freedom index score of 8.73, reflecting its strong commitment to personal and economic freedoms. The country has a robust legal framework that upholds civil liberties, including freedom of speech and religious freedom. The United States' market-oriented economy and tradition of democratic governance contribute to its high freedom index score.

Uruguay

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8.36

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#33

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#23

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4.03

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#163

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#157

Venezuela has a human freedom index score of 4.03, indicating a significant deficit in personal, civil, and economic freedoms. This freedom index score can be attributed to the authoritarian regime under President Nicolás Maduro, which has eroded democratic institutions, undermined the rule of law, and imposed severe restrictions on freedom of expression, political dissent, and economic opportunities.

Vietnam

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5.9

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#134

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One-party

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#137

Yemen

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4.08

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#162

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Ranked in the World

#171

Yemen has a human freedom index score of 4.08, primarily due to the ongoing civil war, political instability, and the presence of non-state armed groups. These factors have resulted in widespread human rights violations, including restrictions on freedom of speech, limited access to justice, and a deteriorating economic situation.

Zambia

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6.82

Ranked in the World

#101

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Ranked in the World

#99

Zimbabwe

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5.6

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#148

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#123

Zimbabwe has a human freedom index score of 5.6, reflecting challenges in terms of political rights, civil liberties, and economic freedoms. The country has faced periods of political repression, limited political pluralism, and economic mismanagement, leading to restrictions on freedom of expression, inadequate protection of human rights, and an unfavorable business environment.

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