Nations in Transit 2019


Consolidated Democracy
DEMOCRACY-PERCENTAGE Democracy Percentage 80.95 100
DEMOCRACY-SCORE Democracy Score 5.86 7
Last Year's Democracy Percentage & Status
82 100 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. See the methodology.

header1 Score changes in 2019

  • Civil Society score declined from 6.00 to 5.75. A law passed in March will require the use of the Latvian language in the country’s secondary schools, which, in practice, will deny Latvia’s sizeable Russophone minority Russian-language education.
  • Corruption score declined from 5.00 to 4.75 due to the money laundering scandal that ABLV, the country’s second-largest bank, was implicated in. ABLV was liquidated after the US Treasury Department found that it facilitated money laundering. Separately, December saw the local government of Riga ensnared in a corruption scandal related to a transportation procurement contract.

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  • Global Freedom Score

    88 100 free