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Freedom Country Ranks 2011 - Country Rankings
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Freedom Country Ranks 2011 for Independent Countries
Countries are ranked most free (lowest score) to least free (highest score)


The score shown on the table is the sum of the Political Liberties score plus the Civil Liberties Score. See notes below the table for explanation.

Rank

Country

Status

Score

1 Andorra Free 2
1 Australia Free 2
1 Austria Free 2
1 Bahamas Free 2
1 Barbados Free 2
1 Belgium Free 2
1 Canada Free 2
1 Cape Verde Free 2
1 Chile Free 2
1 Costa Rica Free 2
1 Cyprus Free 2
1 Czech Republic Free 2
1 Denmark Free 2
1 Dominica Free 2
1 Estonia Free 2
1 Finland Free 2
1 France Free 2
1 Germany Free 2
1 Hungary Free 2
1 Iceland Free 2
1 Ireland Free 2
1 Kiribati Free 2
1 Liechtenstein Free 2
1 Lithuania Free 2
1 Luxembourg Free 2
1 Malta Free 2
1 Marshall Islands Free 2
1 Micronesia Free 2
1 Nauru Free 2
1 Netherlands Free 2
1 New Zealand Free 2
1 Norway Free 2
1 Palau Free 2
1 Poland Free 2
1 Portugal Free 2
1 Saint Kitts and Nevis Free 2
1 Saint Lucia Free 2
1 Saint Vincent & Grenadines Free 2
1 San Marino Free 2
1 Slovakia Free 2
1 Slovenia Free 2
1 Spain Free 2
1 Sweden Free 2
1 Switzerland Free 2
1 Tuvalu Free 2
1 United Kingdom Free 2
1 United States Free 2
1 Uruguay Free 2
2 Monaco Free 3
2 Belize Free 3
2 Croatia Free 3
2 Ghana Free 3
2 Greece Free 3
2 Grenada Free 3
2 Israel Free 3
2 Italy Free 3
2 Japan Free 3
2 Mauritius Free 3
2 Panama Free 3
2 South Korea Free 3
2 Taiwan Free 3
3 Argentina Free 4
3 Benin Free 4
3 Brazil Free 4
3 Bulgaria Free 4
3 Dominican Republic Free 4
3 Latvia Free 4
3 Mongolia Free 4
3 Namibia Free 4
3 Romania Free 4
3 Samoa Free 4
3 São Tomé and Príncipe Free 4
3 Serbia Free 4
3 South Africa Free 4
3 Suriname Free 4
3 Trinidad and Tobago Free 4
3 Vanuatu Free 4
4 Antigua and Barbuda Free 5
4 Botswana Free 5
4 Montenegro Free 5
4 El Salvador Free 5
4 Guyana Free 5
4 India Free 5
4 Indonesia Free 5
4 Jamaica Free 5
4 Mali Free 5
4 Peru Free 5
5 Albania Partly Free 6
5 Bolivia Partly Free 6
5 Ecuador Partly Free 6
5 Lesotho Partly Free 6
5 Macedonia Partly Free 6
5 Mexico Partly Free 6
5 Moldova Partly Free 6
5 Paraguay Partly Free 6
5 Philippines Partly Free 6
5 Senegal Partly Free 6
5 Seychelles Partly Free 6
5 Sierra Leone Partly Free 6
5 Tanzania Partly Free 6
5 Tonga Partly Free 6
5 Turkey Partly Free 6
5 Ukraine Partly Free 6
6 Bosnia and Herzegovina Partly Free 7
6 Georgia Partly Free 7
6 Kenya Partly Free 7
6 Mozambique Partly Free 7
6 Papua New Guinea Partly Free 7
6 Solomon Islands Partly Free 7
6 Bangladesh Partly Free 7
6 Colombia Partly Free 7
6 Comoros Partly Free 7
6 East Timor Partly Free 7
6 Liberia Partly Free 7
6 Malawi Partly Free 7
6 Maldives Partly Free 7
6 Zambia Partly Free 7
7 Burkina Faso Partly Free 8
7 Lebanon Partly Free 8
7 Guatemala Partly Free 8
7 Guinea-Bissau Partly Free 8
7 Honduras Partly Free 8
7 Malaysia Partly Free 8
7 Nepal Partly Free 8
7 Nicaragua Partly Free 8
7 Nigeria Partly Free 8
8 Kosovo Partly Free 9
8 Morocco Partly Free 9
8 Niger Partly Free 9
8 Singapore Partly Free 9
8 Sri Lanka Partly Free 9
8 Thailand Partly Free 9
8 Togo Partly Free 9
8 Uganda Partly Free 9
8 Bhutan Partly Free 9
8 Haiti Partly Free 9
8 Kuwait Partly Free 9
8 Pakistan Partly Free 9
9 Armenia Partly Free 10
9 Fiji Partly Free 10
9 Madagascar Partly Free 10
9 Burundi Partly Free 10
9 Central African Republic Partly Free 10
9 Guinea Partly Free 10
9 Kyrgyzstan Partly Free 10
9 The Gambia Partly Free 10
9 Venezuela Partly Free 10
10 Algeria Not Free 11
10 Angola Not Free 11
10 Azerbaijan Not Free 11
10 Bahrain Not Free 11
10 Brunei Not Free 11
10 Cambodia Not Free 11
10 Congo (Brazzaville) Not Free 11
10 Djibouti Not Free 11
10 Egypt Not Free 11
10 Gabon Not Free 11
10 Jordan Not Free 11
10 Kazakhstan Not Free 11
10 Mauritania Not Free 11
10 Oman Not Free 11
10 Qatar Not Free 11
10 Russia Not Free 11
10 Rwanda Not Free 11
10 Tajikistan Not Free 11
10 United Arab Emirates Not Free 11
10 Yemen Not Free 11
10 Iraq Not Free 11
11 Swaziland Not Free 12
11 Tunisia Not Free 12
11 Vietnam Not Free 12
11 Afghanistan Not Free 12
11 Cameroon Not Free 12
11 Congo (Kinshasa) Not Free 12
11 Ethiopia Not Free 12
11 Iran Not Free 12
11 Zimbabwe Not Free 12
12 Belarus Not Free 13
12 Chad Not Free 13
12 China Not Free 13
12 Côte d’Ivoire Not Free 13
12 Cuba Not Free 13
12 Laos Not Free 13
12 Saudi Arabia Not Free 13
12 Syria Not Free 13
13 Burma Not Free 14
13 Equatorial Guinea Not Free 14
13 Eritrea Not Free 14
13 Libya Not Free 14
13 North Korea Not Free 14
13 Somalia Not Free 14
13 Sudan Not Free 14
13 Turkmenistan Not Free 14
13 Uzbekistan Not Free 14

NOTES:

Freedom in the World, Freedom House’s flagship publication, is the standard-setting comparative assessment of global political rights and civil liberties. Published annually since 1972, the survey ratings and narrative reports on 193 countries and 15 related and disputed territories are used by policymakers, the media, international corporations, civic activists, and human rights defenders to monitor trends in democracy and track improvements and setbacks in freedom worldwide.

The Freedom in the World survey provides an annual evaluation of the state of global freedom as experienced by individuals. The survey measures freedom-the opportunity to act spontaneously in a variety of fields outside the control of the government and other centers of potential domination-according to two broad categories: political rights and civil liberties. Political rights enable people to participate freely in the political process, including the right to vote freely for distinct alternatives in legitimate elections, compete for public office, join political parties and organizations, and elect representatives who have a decisive impact on public policies and are accountable to the electorate. Civil liberties allow for the freedoms of expression and belief, associational and organizational rights, rule of law, and personal autonomy without interference from the state.

The survey does not rate governments or government performance per se, but rather the real-world rights and freedoms enjoyed by individuals. Thus, while Freedom House considers the presence of legal rights, it places a greater emphasis on whether these rights are implemented in practice. Furthermore, freedoms can be affected by government officials, as well as by nonstate actors, including insurgents and other armed groups.

Freedom House does not maintain a culture-bound view of freedom. The methodology of the survey is grounded in basic standards of political rights and civil liberties, derived in large measure from relevant portions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These standards apply to all countries and territories, irrespective of geographical location, ethnic or religious composition, or level of economic development. The survey operates from the assumption that freedom for all peoples is best achieved in liberal democratic societies.

The survey includes both analytical reports and numerical ratings for 194 countries and 14 select territories. Each country and territory report includes an overview section, which provides historical background and a brief description of the year's major developments, as well as a section summarizing the current state of political rights and civil liberties. In addition, each country and territory is assigned a numerical rating-on a scale of 1 to 7-for political rights and an analogous rating for civil liberties; a rating of 1 indicates the highest degree of freedom and 7 the lowest level of freedom. These ratings, which are calculated based on the methodological process described below, determine whether a country is classified as Free, Partly Free, or Not Free by the survey.

The survey findings are reached after a multilayered process of analysis and evaluation by a team of regional experts and scholars. Although there is an element of subjectivity inherent in the survey findings, the ratings process emphasizes intellectual rigor and balanced and unbiased judgments.

Key to Political Rights and Civil Liberties Ratings and Status

The ratings process is based on a checklist of 10 political rights questions and 15 civil liberties questions.

The political rights questions are grouped into three subcategories: Electoral Process (3 questions), Political Pluralism and Participation (4), and Functioning of Government (3).

The civil liberties questions are grouped into four subcategories: Freedom of Expression and Belief (4 questions), Associational and Organizational Rights (3), Rule of Law (4), and Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights (4).

Scores are awarded to each of these questions on a scale of 0 to 4, where a score of 0 represents the smallest degree and 4 the greatest degree of rights or liberties present.

The political rights section also contains two additional discretionary questions: question A (For traditional monarchies that have no parties or electoral process, does the system provide for genuine, meaningful consultation with the people, encourage public discussion of policy choices, and allow the right to petition the ruler?) and question B (Is the government or occupying power deliberately changing the ethnic composition of a country or territory so as to destroy a culture or tip the political balance in favor of another group?).

For additional discretionary question A, a score of 1 to 4 may be added, as applicable, while for discretionary question B, a score of 1 to 4 may be subtracted (the worse the situation, the more that may be subtracted). The highest score that can be awarded to the political rights checklist is 40 (or a total score of 4 for each of the 10 questions). The highest score that can be awarded to the civil liberties checklist is 60 (or a total score of 4 for each of the 15 questions).







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