Freedom in the World, 2014

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.

Country Political RightsCivil LibertiesStatus
Afghanistan 66 NF
Albania 3 3 PF
Algeria 6 5 NF
Andorra 1 1 F
Angola 6 5 NF
Antigua & Barbuda 2 2 F
Argentina 2 2 F
Armenia 5 4 PF
Australia 1 1 F
Austria 1 1 F
Azerbaijan 6 6 NF
Bahamas 1 1 F
Bahrain 6 6 NF
Bangladesh 3 4 PF
Barbados 1 1 F
Belarus 7 6 NF
Belgium 1 1 F
Belize 1 2 F
Benin 2 2 F
Bhutan 3 4 PF
Bolivia 3 3 PF
Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 3 PF
Botswana 3 2 F
Brazil 3 3 F
Brunei 6 5 NF
Bulgaria 2 2 F
Burkina Faso 5 3 NF
Burma 6 5 NF
Burundi 5 5 PF
Cambodia 6 5 NF
Cameroon 6 6 NF
Canada 1 1 F
Cape Verde 1 1 F
Central African Republic 7 7 PF
Chad 7 6 NF
Chile 1 1 F
China 7 6 NF
Colombia 3 4 PF
Comoros 3 4 PF
Congo (Brazzaville) 6 5 NF
Congo (Kinshasa) 6 6 NF
Costa Rica 1 1 F
Cote d'Ivoire 5 5 PF
Croatia 1 2 F
Cuba 7 6 NF
Cyprus 1 1 F
Czech Republic 1 1 F
Czechoslovakia - - -
Denmark 1 1 F
Djibouti 6 5 NF
Dominica 1 1 F
Dominican Republic 2 2 F
East Timor 3 4 PF
Ecuador 3 3 PF
Egypt 5 5 PF
El Salvador 2 3 F
Equatorial Guinea 7 7 NF
Eritrea 7 7 NF
Estonia 1 1 F
Ethiopia 6 6 NF
Fiji 6 4 PF
Finland 1 1 F
France 1 1 F
Gabon 6 5 NF
Gambia, The 6 6 NF
Georgia 3 3 PF
Germany 1 1 F
Germany, E. - - -
Germany, W. - - -
Ghana 1 2 F
Greece 2 2 F
Grenada 1 2 F
Guatemala 3 4 PF
Guinea 5 5 PF
Guinea-Bissau 6 5 NF
Guyana 2 3 F
Haiti 4 5 PF
Honduras 4 4 PF
Hungary 1 2 F
Iceland 1 1 F
India 2 3 F
Indonesia 2 4 PF
Iran 6 6 NF
Iraq 5 6 NF
Ireland 1 1 F
Israel 1 2 F
Italy 1 1 F
Jamaica 2 3 F
Japan 1 1 F
Jordan 6 5 NF
Kazakhstan 6 5 NF
Kenya 4 4 PF
Kosovo 5 4 PF
Kuwait 5 5 PF
Kyrgyzstan 5 5 PF
Laos 7 6 NF
Latvia 2 2 F
Lebanon 5 4 PF
Lesotho 2 3 F
Liberia 3 4 PF
Libya 4 5 PF
Liechtenstein 1 1 F
Lithuania 1 1 F
Luxembourg 1 1 F
Macedonia 3 3 PF
Madagascar 5 4 PF
Malawi 3 4 PF
Malaysia 4 4 PF
Maldives 4 4 PF
Mali 5 45 PF
Malta 1 1 F
Marshall Islands 1 1 F
Mauritania 6 5 NF
Mauritius 1 2 F
Mexico 3 3 PF
Micronesia 1 1 F
Moldova 3 3 PF
Monaco 2 1 F
Mongolia 1 2 F
Montenegro 3 2 F
Morocco 5 4 PF
Mozambique 4 3 PF
Namibia 2 2 F
Nauru 1 1 F
Nepal 4 4 PF
Netherlands 1 1 F
New Zealand 1 1 F
Nicaragua 5 4 PF
Niger 3 4 PF
Nigeria 4 5 PF
North Korea 7 7 NF
Norway 1 1 F
Oman 6 5 NF
Pakistan 4 5 PF
Palau 1 1 F
Panama 1 2 F
Papua New Guinea 4 3 PF
Paraguay 3 3 PF
Peru 2 3 F
Philippines 3 3 PF
Poland 1 1 F
Portugal 1 1 F
Qatar 6 5 NF
Romania 2 2 F
Russia 6 5 NF
Rwanda6 6 NF
Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 1 F
Saint Lucia 1 1 F
Saint Vincent & Grenadines 1 1 F
Samoa 2 2 F
San Marino 1 1 F
Sao Tome & Principe 2 2 F
Saudi Arabia 7 7 NF
Senegal 2 3 F
Serbia 2 2 F
Seychelles 3 3 PF
Sierra Leone 3 3 PF
Singapore 4 4 PF
Slovakia 1 1 F
Slovenia 1 1 F
Solomon Islands 4 3 PF
Somalia 7 7 NF
South Africa 2 2 F
South Korea 2 2 F
South Sudan 6 6 NF
Spain 1 1 F
Sri Lanka 5 4 PF
Sudan 7 7 NF
Suriname 2 2 F
Swaziland 7 5 NF
Sweden 1 1 F
Switzerland 1 1 F
Syria 7 7 NF
Taiwan 1 2 F
Tajikistan 6 6 NF
Tanzania 3 3 PF
Thailand 4 4 PF
Togo 4 4 PF
Tonga 2 2 F
Trinidad & Tobago 2 2 F
Tunisia 3 3 PF
Turkey 3 4 PF
Turkmenistan 7 7 NF
Tuvalu 1 1 F
Uganda 6 4 PF
Ukraine 4 3 PF
United Arab Emirates 6 6 NF
United Kingdom 1 1 F
United States 1 1 F
Uruguay 1 1 F
USSR - - -
Uzbekistan 7 7 NF
Vanuatu 2 2 F
Venezuela 5 5 NF
Vietnam 7 5 NF
Vietnam, N. - - -
Vietnam, S. - - -
Yemen 6 6 NF
Yemen, N. - - -
Yemen, S. - - -
Yugoslavia - - -
Yugoslavia (Serbia & Montenegro) - - -
Zambia 3 4 PF
Zimbabwe 5 6 NF
Source: Freedom in the World, 2014, published by Freedom House.

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