Freedom in the World 2018

Table of Country Scores

The number of countries designated as Free stands at 88, representing 45 percent of the world’s 195 polities and more than 2.9 billion people—or 39 percent of the global population. The number of Free countries increased by one from the previous year’s report.

The number of countries qualifying as Partly Free stands at 58, or 30 percent of all countries assessed, and they were home to nearly 1.8 billion people, or 24 percent of the world’s total. The number of Partly Free countries decreased by one from the previous year.

A total of 49 countries are deemed Not Free, representing 25 percent of the world’s polities. The number of people living under Not Free conditions stood at nearly 2.7 billion people, or 37 percent of the global population, though it is important to note that more than half of this number lives in just one country: China. The number of Not Free countries stayed the same.

The Gambia and Uganda rose from Not Free to Partly Free, while Timor-Leste rose from Partly Free to Free. Turkey and Zimbabwe fell from Partly Free to Not Free.

The number of electoral democracies stood at 116. For this edition of Freedom in the World, the criteria for an electoral democracy designation were changed. While the designation previously required a score of 7 or better in the Electoral Process subcategory and an overall political rights score of 20 or better, a country must now earn an overall civil liberties score of 30 or better as well. There were 123 electoral democracies under the old rules in the 2017 edition. If the requirements of the current 2018 edition were applied to the previous year as well, then the number of electoral democracies would remain unchanged at 116: Côte d’Ivoire lost its electoral democracy credentials, while Nepal gained the designation.

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

Country or Territory Freedom Status PR CL Freedom Rating Aggregate Score Trend Arrow
Madagascar Partly Free 3 4 3.5 56
Ukraine Україна (Translation) Частково вільна 3 3 3.0 62
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 6 6.5 16
Suriname Free 2 2 2.0 78
Sudan Not Free 7 7 7.0 8
Sri Lanka Partly Free 3 4 3.5 55
Spain Free 1 1 1.0 94
South Sudan Not Free 7 7 7.0 2
South Ossetia * Not Free 7 6 6.5 10
South Korea Free 2 2 2.0 84
South Africa Free 2 2 2.0 78
Somaliland * Partly Free 4 5 4.5 44
Somalia Not Free 7 7 7.0 7
Solomon Islands Free 3 2 2.5 72
Slovenia Free 1 1 1.0 93
Slovakia Free 1 1 1.0 89
Singapore Partly Free 4 4 4.0 52
Sierra Leone Partly Free 3 3 3.0 66
Seychelles Partly Free 3 3 3.0 71
Serbia Free 3 2 2.5 73
Senegal Free 2 2 2.0 75
Saudi Arabia Not Free 7 7 7.0 7
São Tomé and Príncipe Free 2 2 2.0 82
San Marino Free 1 1 1.0 97
Samoa Free 2 2 2.0 80
St. Vincent and Grenadines Free 1 1 1.0 90
St. Lucia Free 1 1 1.0 91
St. Kitts and Nevis Free 1 1 1.0 89
Rwanda Not Free 6 6 6.0 23
Russia Not Free 7 6 6.5 20
Romania Free 2 2 2.0 84
Qatar Not Free 6 5 5.5 24
Portugal Free 1 1 1.0 97
Poland Free 1 2 1.5 85
Philippines Partly Free 3 3 3.0 62
Peru Free 2 3 2.5 73
Paraguay Partly Free 3 3 3.0 64
Papua New Guinea Partly Free 3 3 3.0 63
Panama Free 2 2 2.0 83
Palau Free 1 1 1.0 92
Oman Not Free 6 5 5.5 23
Norway Free 1 1 1.0 100
Northern Cyprus * Free 2 2 2.0 81
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 44
New Zealand Free 1 1 1.0 98
Netherlands Free 1 1 1.0 99
Nepal Partly Free 3 4 3.5 55
Nauru Free 2 2 2.0 81
Pakistani Kashmir * Not Free 6 5 5.5 28
Zimbabwe Not Free 6 5 5.5 30
Pakistan Partly Free 4 5 4.5 43
Zambia Partly Free 4 4 4.0 55
Yemen Not Free 7 6 6.5 13
Namibia Free 2 2 2.0 77
Western Sahara * Not Free 7 7 7.0 4
Nagorno-Karabakh * Partly Free 5 5 5.0 30
West Bank * Not Free 7 5 6.0 28
Myanmar Partly Free 5 5 5.0 31
Mozambique Partly Free 4 4 4.0 52
Vietnam Not Free 7 5 6.0 20
Venezuela Not Free 6 5 5.5 26
Vanuatu Free 2 2 2.0 81
Uzbekistan Not Free 7 7 7.0 7
Uruguay Free 1 1 1.0 98
United States Free 2 1 1.5 86
United Kingdom Free 1 1 1.0 94
United Arab Emirates Not Free 7 6 6.5 17
Ukraine Partly Free 3 3 3.0 62
Uganda Partly Free 6 4 5.0 37
Tuvalu Free 1 1 1.0 94
Turkmenistan Not Free 7 7 7.0 4
Turkey Not Free 5 6 5.5 32
Tunisia Free 2 3 2.5 70
Trinidad and Tobago Free 2 2 2.0 81
Transnistria * Not Free 6 6 6.0 24
Tonga Free 2 2 2.0 75
Togo Partly Free 4 4 4.0 47
Timor-Leste Free 2 3 2.5 69
Tibet * Not Free 7 7 7.0 1
Gambia, The Partly Free 4 5 4.5 41
Thailand Not Free 6 5 5.5 31
Tanzania Partly Free 4 4 4.0 52
Tajikistan Not Free 7 6 6.5 11
Taiwan Free 1 1 1.0 93
Morocco Partly Free 5 5 5.0 39
Montenegro Partly Free 3 3 3.0 67
Mongolia Free 1 2 1.5 85
Monaco Free 3 1 2.0 82
Moldova Partly Free 3 3 3.0 61
Micronesia Free 1 1 1.0 93
Mexico Partly Free 3 3 3.0 62
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 92
Mali Partly Free 5 4 4.5 44
Maldives Partly Free 5 5 5.0 35
Malaysia Partly Free 4 4 4.0 45
Malawi Partly Free 3 3 3.0 63
Macedonia Partly Free 4 3 3.5 58
Luxembourg Free 1 1 1.0 98
Lithuania Free 1 1 1.0 91
Liechtenstein Free 2 1 1.5 90
Libya Not Free 7 6 6.5 9
Liberia Partly Free 3 3 3.0 62
Lesotho Partly Free 3 3 3.0 64
Lebanon Partly Free 6 4 5.0 43
Latvia Free 2 2 2.0 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 93
Kenya Partly Free 4 4 4.0 48
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 77
Italy Free 1 1 1.0 89
Israel Free 1 3 2.0 79
Ireland Free 1 1 1.0 96
Iraq Not Free 5 6 5.5 31
Iran Not Free 6 6 6.0 18
Indonesia Partly Free 2 4 3.0 64
Indian Kashmir * Partly Free 4 4 4.0 49
India Free 2 3 2.5 77
Iceland Free 1 1 1.0 95
Hungary Free 3 2 2.5 72
Hong Kong * Partly Free 5 2 3.5 59
Honduras Partly Free 4 4 4.0 46
Haiti Partly Free 5 5 5.0 41
Guyana Free 2 3 2.5 74
Guinea-Bissau Partly Free 5 5 5.0 41
Guinea Partly Free 5 5 5.0 41
Guatemala Partly Free 4 4 4.0 56
Grenada Free 1 2 1.5 88
Greece Free 2 2 2.0 85
Ghana Free 1 2 1.5 83
Germany Free 1 1 1.0 94
Georgia Partly Free 3 3 3.0 64
Gaza Strip * Not Free 7 6 6.5 12
Gabon Not Free 7 5 6.0 23
France Free 1 2 1.5 90
Finland Free 1 1 1.0 100
Fiji Partly Free 3 3 3.0 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 7
El Salvador Free 2 3 2.5 70
Egypt Not Free 6 6 6.0 26
Ecuador Partly Free 3 3 3.0 60
Dominican Republic Partly Free 3 3 3.0 67
Dominica Free 1 1 1.0 93
Djibouti Not Free 6 5 5.5 26
Denmark Free 1 1 1.0 97
Czech Republic Free 1 1 1.0 93
Cyprus Free 1 1 1.0 94
Cuba Not Free 7 6 6.5 14
Croatia Free 1 2 1.5 86
Crimea * Not Free 7 6 6.5 9
Côte d'Ivoire Partly Free 4 4 4.0 51
Costa Rica Free 1 1 1.0 91
Congo, Democratic Republic of (Kinshasa) Not Free 7 6 6.5 17
Congo, Republic of (Brazzaville) Not Free 7 5 6.0 21
Comoros Partly Free 3 4 3.5 55
Colombia Partly Free 3 3 3.0 65
China Not Free 7 6 6.5 14
Chile Free 1 1 1.0 94
Chad Not Free 7 6 6.5 18
Central African Republic Not Free 7 7 7.0 9
Cape Verde Free 1 1 1.0 90
Canada Free 1 1 1.0 99
Cameroon Not Free 6 6 6.0 22
Cambodia Not Free 6 5 5.5 30
Burundi Not Free 7 6 6.5 18
Burkina Faso Partly Free 4 3 3.5 60
Bulgaria Free 2 2 2.0 80
Brunei Not Free 6 5 5.5 28
Brazil Free 2 2 2.0 78
Botswana Free 3 2 2.5 72
Bosnia and Herzegovina Partly Free 4 4 4.0 55
Bolivia Partly Free 3 3 3.0 67
Bhutan Partly Free 3 4 3.5 55
Benin Free 2 2 2.0 82
Belize Free 1 2 1.5 86
Belgium Free 1 1 1.0 95
Belarus Not Free 6 6 6.0 21
Barbados Free 1 1 1.0 96
Bangladesh Partly Free 4 4 4.0 45
Bahrain Not Free 7 6 6.5 12
Bahamas Free 1 1 1.0 91
Azerbaijan Not Free 7 6 6.5 12
Austria Free 1 1 1.0 94
Australia Free 1 1 1.0 98
Armenia Partly Free 5 4 4.5 45
Argentina Free 2 2 2.0 83
Antigua and Barbuda Free 2 2 2.0 83
Angola Not Free 6 6 6.0 26
Andorra Free 1 1 1.0 96
Algeria Not Free 6 5 5.5 35
Albania Partly Free 3 3 3.0 68
Afghanistan Not Free 5 6 5.5 26
Abkhazia * Partly Free 4 5 4.5 41