Semi-Consolidated Democracy
DEMOCRACY-PERCENTAGE Democracy Percentage 58.93 100
DEMOCRACY-SCORE Democracy Score 4.54 7
Last Year's Democracy Percentage & Status
60 100 Semi-Consolidated Democracy
The ratings are based on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 representing the highest level of democratic progress and 1 the lowest. The Democracy Score is an average of ratings for the categories tracked in a given year. The Democracy Percentage, introduced in 2020, is a translation of the Democracy Score to the 0-100 scale, where 0 equals least democratic and 100 equals most democratic.

header1 Score changes in 2020

  • Electoral Process rating declined from 5.75 to 5.50 after amendments to the electoral framework allowed for increased influence by special interests and failed to address issues of transparency and electoral fraud.
  • Independent Media rating declined from 3.75 to 3.50 amid the continued consolidation of the media sector, political inference in the work of the public broadcaster, and harassment of critical journalists by the prosecution and public officials.
The full Nations in Transit 2020 narrative report for Bulgaria will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Other Freedom House Bulgaria content can be found on the Bulgaria portal page.

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