Nations in Transit 2019


Consolidated Democracy
DEMOCRACY-PERCENTAGE Democracy Percentage 67.26 100
DEMOCRACY-SCORE Democracy Score 5.04 7
Last Year's Democracy Percentage & Status
68 100 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 January law introduced a new criminal offence: disparaging the good name of Poland by wrongly attributing responsibility for WWII-era atrocities. However, after critics condemned the law as a violation of free expression rights, the offense was decriminalized in June. Meanwhile, the government escalated its legal and rhetorical attacks on the LGBT community.
  • Corruption score declined from 4.50 to 4.25. After the opposition revealed that the government’s ministers awarded themselves massive bonuses last year, the ministers neglected to return the money to the state, donating it to a charity run by the Catholic Church instead. In November, Polish Financial Supervision Authority chair Marek Chrzanowski arrested after soliciting a bribe from a major bank.

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  • Global Freedom Score

    81 100 free