Freedom in the World 2017

Table of Country Scores

PR = Political Rights
CL = Civil Liberties
CL, PR, Freedom Rating Explanation: 1 = most free and 7 = least free
Aggregate Score Explanation: 0 = least free, 100 = most free
* denotes territories, as opposed to independent countries

Freedom Status PR CL Freedom Rating Aggregate Score Trend Arrow
Crimea Крим (Translation) * Невільний 7 6 6.5 9
Crimea * Not Free 7 6 6.5 9
Zimbabwe Partly Free 5 5 5.0 32
Yemen Not Free 7 6 6.5 14
Western Sahara * Not Free 7 7 7.0 4
Vietnam Not Free 7 5 6.0 20
Vanuatu Free 2 2 2.0 80
Uzbekistan Not Free 7 7 7.0 3
Uruguay Free 1 1 1.0 98
United Kingdom Free 1 1 1.0 95
United Arab Emirates Not Free 6 6 6.0 20
Uganda Not Free 6 5 5.5 35
Tuvalu Free 1 1 1.0 94
Turkmenistan Not Free 7 7 7.0 3
Tunisia Free 1 3 2.0 78
Trinidad and Tobago Free 2 2 2.0 81
Transnistria * Not Free 6 6 6.0 24
Tonga Free 2 2 2.0 74
Togo Partly Free 4 4 4.0 48
Timor-Leste Partly Free 3 3 3.0 65
Tibet * Not Free 7 7 7.0 1
Thailand Not Free 6 5 5.5 32
Tanzania Partly Free 3 4 3.5 58
Syria Not Free 7 7 7.0 -1
Switzerland Free 1 1 1.0 96
Sweden Free 1 1 1.0 100
Swaziland Not Free 7 5 6.0 18
Suriname Free 2 3 2.5 77
Sudan Not Free 7 7 7.0 6
Spain Free 1 1 1.0 94
South Ossetia * Not Free 7 6 6.5 11
South Korea Free 2 2 2.0 82
South Africa Free 2 2 2.0 78
Somaliland * Partly Free 5 5 5.0 40
Somalia Not Free 7 7 7.0 5
Slovenia Free 1 1 1.0 92
Slovakia Free 1 1 1.0 89
Singapore Partly Free 4 4 4.0 51
Sierra Leone Partly Free 3 3 3.0 61
Seychelles Partly Free 3 3 3.0 71
Senegal Free 2 2 2.0 78
Saudi Arabia Not Free 7 7 7.0 10
São Tomé and Príncipe Free 2 2 2.0 81
San Marino Free 1 1 1.0 97
Samoa Free 2 2 2.0 80
St. Vincent and Grenadines Free 1 1 1.0 91
St. Lucia Free 1 1 1.0 92
Rwanda Not Free 6 6 6.0 24
Romania Free 2 2 2.0 84
Qatar Not Free 6 5 5.5 26
Portugal Free 1 1 1.0 97
Peru Free 2 3 2.5 72
Paraguay Partly Free 3 3 3.0 64
Panama Free 2 2 2.0 83
Palau Free 1 1 1.0 92
Tajikistan Not Free 7 6 6.5 11
Pakistani Kashmir* Not Free 6 5 5.5 28
Pakistan Partly Free 4 5 4.5 43
Ukraine Україна (Translation) Частково вільна 3 3 3.0 61
Ukraine Partly Free 3 3 3.0 61
United States Free 1 1 1.0 89
Zambia Partly Free 4 4 4.0 56

South Sudan Not Free 7 7 7.0 4

Gambia, The Not Free 6 6 6.0 20
West Bank * Not Free 7 5 6.0 28
Russia Not Free 7 6 6.5 20
Turkey Partly Free 4 5 4.5 38

Serbia Free 3 2 2.5 76
Poland Free 1 2 1.5 89

Taiwan Free 1 1 1.0 91
Sri Lanka Partly Free 3 4 3.5 56
Solomon Islands Free 3 2 2.5 71
Philippines Partly Free 3 3 3.0 63

Papua New Guinea Partly Free 3 3 3.0 64
Venezuela Not Free 6 5 5.5 30
St. Kitts and Nevis Free 1 1 1.0 89
Australia Free 1 1 1.0 98
Armenia Partly Free 5 4 4.5 45
Argentina Free 2 2 2.0 82
Antigua and Barbuda Free 2 2 2.0 83
Angola Not Free 6 6 6.0 24
Andorra Free 1 1 1.0 95
Algeria Not Free 6 5 5.5 35
Albania Partly Free 3 3 3.0 68
Afghanistan Not Free 6 6 6.0 24
Abkhazia * Partly Free 4 5 4.5 41
Oman Not Free 6 5 5.5 25
Norway Free 1 1 1.0 100
Northern Cyprus * Free 2 2 2.0 80
North Korea Not Free 7 7 7.0 3
Nigeria Partly Free 3 5 4.0 50
Niger Partly Free 4 4 4.0 49
Nicaragua Partly Free 5 4 4.5 47

New Zealand Free 1 1 1.0 98
Netherlands Free 1 1 1.0 99
Nepal Partly Free 3 4 3.5 52
Nauru Free 2 2 2.0 81
Namibia Free 2 2 2.0 77
Nagorno-Karabakh * Partly Free 5 5 5.0 33
Myanmar Partly Free 5 5 5.0 32
Mozambique Partly Free 4 4 4.0 53

Morocco Partly Free 5 4 4.5 41
Montenegro Partly Free 3 3 3.0 69
Mongolia Free 1 2 1.5 85
Monaco Free 3 1 2.0 84
Moldova Partly Free 3 3 3.0 62
Micronesia Free 1 1 1.0 93
Mexico Partly Free 3 3 3.0 65
Mauritius Free 1 2 1.5 89
Mauritania Not Free 6 5 5.5 30
Marshall Islands Free 1 1 1.0 92
Malta Free 1 1 1.0 96
Mali Partly Free 5 4 4.5 45
Maldives Partly Free 5 5 5.0 40
Malaysia Partly Free 4 4 4.0 44
Malawi Partly Free 3 3 3.0 63
Madagascar Partly Free 3 4 3.5 56
Macedonia Partly Free 4 3 3.5 57
Luxembourg Free 1 1 1.0 98
Lithuania Free 1 1 1.0 91
Liechtenstein Free 2 1 1.5 91
Libya Not Free 7 6 6.5 13
Liberia Partly Free 3 4 3.5 62
Lesotho Partly Free 3 3 3.0 64
Lebanon Partly Free 5 4 4.5 44
Latvia Free 1 2 1.5 87
Laos Not Free 7 6 6.5 12
Kyrgyzstan Partly Free 5 5 5.0 37
Kuwait Partly Free 5 5 5.0 36
Kosovo Partly Free 3 4 3.5 52
Kiribati Free 1 1 1.0 92
Kenya Partly Free 4 4 4.0 51
Kazakhstan Not Free 7 5 6.0 22
Jordan Partly Free 5 5 5.0 37
Japan Free 1 1 1.0 96
Jamaica Free 2 3 2.5 75
Italy Free 1 1 1.0 89
Israel Free 1 2 1.5 80
Ireland Free 1 1 1.0 96
Iraq Not Free 5 6 5.5 27
Iran Not Free 6 6 6.0 17
Indonesia Partly Free 2 4 3.0 65
Indian Kashmir * Partly Free 4 4 4.0 50
India Free 2 3 2.5 77
Iceland Free 1 1 1.0 97
Hungary Free 3 2 2.5 76
Hong Kong * Partly Free 5 2 3.5 61

Honduras Partly Free 4 4 4.0 46
Haiti Partly Free 5 5 5.0 39
Guyana Free 2 3 2.5 74
Guinea-Bissau Partly Free 5 5 5.0 40
Guinea Partly Free 5 5 5.0 41
Guatemala Partly Free 4 4 4.0 54
Grenada Free 1 2 1.5 89
Greece Free 2 2 2.0 84
Ghana Free 1 2 1.5 83
Germany Free 1 1 1.0 95
Georgia Partly Free 3 3 3.0 64
Gaza Strip * Not Free 5 6 5.5 12
Gabon Not Free 6 5 5.5 32
France Free 1 2 1.5 90
Finland Free 1 1 1.0 100
Fiji Partly Free 3 4 3.5 59
Ethiopia Not Free 7 6 6.5 12

Estonia Free 1 1 1.0 94
Eritrea Not Free 7 7 7.0 3
Equatorial Guinea Not Free 7 7 7.0 8
El Salvador Free 2 3 2.5 70
Egypt Not Free 6 5 5.5 26
Ecuador Partly Free 3 4 3.5 57
Dominican Republic Partly Free 3 3 3.0 68
Dominica Free 1 1 1.0 95
Djibouti Not Free 6 5 5.5 26
Denmark Free 1 1 1.0 97
Czech Republic Free 1 1 1.0 94
Cyprus Free 1 1 1.0 94
Cuba Not Free 7 6 6.5 15
Croatia Free 1 2 1.5 87
Côte d'Ivoire Partly Free 4 4 4.0 52
Costa Rica Free 1 1 1.0 91
Congo, Democratic Republic of (Kinshasa) Not Free 7 6 6.5 19
Congo, Republic of (Brazzaville) Not Free 7 5 6.0 27
Comoros Partly Free 3 4 3.5 55
Colombia Partly Free 3 3 3.0 64

China Not Free 7 6 6.5 15

Chile Free 1 1 1.0 94
Chad Not Free 7 6 6.5 18
Central African Republic Not Free 7 7 7.0 10
Cape Verde Free 1 1 1.0 90
Canada Free 1 1 1.0 99
Cameroon Not Free 6 6 6.0 24
Cambodia Not Free 6 5 5.5 31
Burundi Not Free 7 6 6.5 19
Burkina Faso Partly Free 4 3 3.5 63
Bulgaria Free 2 2 2.0 80
Brunei Not Free 6 5 5.5 29
Brazil Free 2 2 2.0 79
Botswana Free 3 2 2.5 72
Bosnia and Herzegovina Partly Free 4 4 4.0 55
Bolivia Partly Free 3 3 3.0 68
Bhutan Partly Free 3 4 3.5 55
Benin Free 2 2 2.0 82
Belize Free 1 2 1.5 87
Belgium Free 1 1 1.0 95
Belarus Not Free 7 6 6.5 20
Barbados Free 1 1 1.0 97
Bangladesh Partly Free 4 4 4.0 47
Bahrain Not Free 7 6 6.5 12
Bahamas Free 1 1 1.0 91
Azerbaijan Not Free 7 6 6.5 14
Austria Free 1 1 1.0 95
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