Showing posts with label Human Freedom Index. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Human Freedom Index. Show all posts

Aug 16, 2019

Human Freedom Index

The Human Freedom Index is the most comprehensive freedom index created for countries. It covers 162 countries for 2016, the most recent year for which sufficient data is available. The index ranks countries beginning in 2008, the earliest year for which a robust enough index could be produced.

A variety of indicators are used by various study groups to determine the level of personal freedom enjoyed by citizens across the world, including economic freedom (the ability to earn a living wage, and retain it for personal use), political freedom, access to education, religious freedom, and many others. The evaluation is then compared between nations. America’s neighbor to the north, Canada, invariably finishes with a higher ranking of personal freedom than the United States, which routinely ranks in the second ten.

On a scale of 0 to 10, where 10 represents more freedom, the average human freedom rating for 162 countries in 2016 was 6.89. Since 2008, the level of global freedom has decreased slightly (−0.06), with 56 countries in the index increasing their ratings and 81 decreasing. Out of 10 regions, the highest levels of freedom are in North America (Canada and the United States), Western Europe, and Oceania. The lowest levels are in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.

The top 10 places, in order, were New Zealand, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and Denmark (tied in 6th place), Ireland and the United Kingdom (tied in 8th place), and Finland, Norway, and Taiwan (tied in 10th place).

Selected other countries rank: Germany (13), the United States and Sweden tie (17), Mexico (75), Russia (119), China (135).