Country Ranking on Democracy

Democracy Norway

King Karl Johan XIV Statue at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway

The Economist - Intelligence Unit recently released a 2018 Democracy Index Report which examines the state of the world democracy covering 167 countries.

The index used was based on 5 factors:

1) Electoral process and pluralism;
2) Civil liberties;
3) Functioning of the government;
4) Political participation; and
5) Political culture

The report revealed that Norway is the most democratic country with a score of 9.87. It is joined by Iceland (9.58), Sweden (9.39), New Zealand (9.26), and Denmark (9.22).

Meanwhile, the least democratic countries are North Korea (1.08), Syria (1.43), Democratic Republic of Congo (1.49), Central African Republic (1.52), and Chad (1.61).

2018 World Democracy Index


Rank CountryScoreDescription
1Norway9.87Full democracy
2Iceland9.58Full democracy
3Sweden9.39Full democracy
4New Zealand9.26Full democracy
5Denmark9.22Full democracy
6=Canada9.15Full democracy
6=Ireland9.15Full democracy
8Finland9.14Full democracy
9Australia9.09Full democracy
10Switzerland9.03Full democracy
11Netherlands8.89Full democracy
12Luxembourg8.81Full democracy
13Germany8.68Full democracy
14United Kingdom8.53Full democracy
15Uruguay8.38Full democracy
16Austria8.29Full democracy
17Mauritius8.22Full democracy
18Malta8.21Full democracy
19Spain8.08Full democracy
20Costa Rica8.07Full democracy
21South Korea8Flawed democracies
22Japan7.99Flawed democracies
23=Chile7.97Flawed democracies
23=Estonia7.97Flawed democracies
25United States of America7.96Flawed democracies
26Cape Verde7.88Flawed democracies
27Portugal7.84Flawed democracies
28Botswana7.81Flawed democracies
29France7.8Flawed democracies
30Israel7.79Flawed democracies
31Belgium7.78Flawed democracies
32Taiwan7.73Flawed democracies
33Italy7.71Flawed democracies
34Czech Republic7.69Flawed democracies
35Cyprus7.59Flawed democracies
36=Slovenia7.5Flawed democracies
36=Lithuania7.5Flawed democracies
38Latvia7.38Flawed democracies
39Greece7.29Flawed democracies
40South Africa7.24Flawed democracies
41India7.23Flawed democracies
42Timor-Leste7.19Flawed democracies
43Trinidad and Tobago7.16Flawed democracies
44Slovakia7.1Flawed democracies
45Panama7.05Flawed democracies
46Bulgaria7.03Flawed democracies
47=Argentina7.02Flawed democracies
47=Jamaica7.02Flawed democracies
49Suriname6.98Flawed democracies
50Brazil6.97Flawed democracies
51Colombia6.96Flawed democracies
52Malaysia6.88Flawed democracies
53Philippines6.71Flawed democracies
54=Poland6.67Flawed democracies
54=Guyana6.67Flawed democracies
56Lesotho6.64Flawed democracies
57=Ghana6.63Flawed democracies
57=Hungary6.63Flawed democracies
59Peru6.6Flawed democracies
60Croatia6.57Flawed democracies
61Dominican Republic6.54Flawed democracies
62Mongolia6.5Flawed democracies
63=Serbia6.41Flawed democracies
63=Tunisia6.41Flawed democracies
65Indonesia6.39Flawed democracies
66=Singapore6.38Flawed democracies
66=Romania6.38Flawed democracies
68Ecuador6.27Flawed democracies
69Namibia6.25Flawed democracies
70Paraguay6.24Flawed democracies
71=Sri Lanka6.19Flawed democracies
71=Mexico6.19Flawed democracies
73=Hong Kong6.15Flawed democracies
73=Senegal6.15Flawed democracies
75Papua New Guinea6.03Flawed democracies
76Albania5.98Hybrid regime
77El Salvador5.96Hybrid regime
78North Macedonia5.87Hybrid regime
79=Moldova5.85Hybrid regime
79=Fiji5.85Hybrid regime
81=Montenegro5.74Hybrid regime
81=Benin5.74Hybrid regime
83Bolivia5.7Hybrid regime
84Ukraine5.69Hybrid regime
85Honduras5.63Hybrid regime
86Zambia5.61Hybrid regime
87Guatemala5.6Hybrid regime
88Bangladesh5.57Hybrid regime
89Georgia5.5Hybrid regime
90Malawi5.49Hybrid regime
91=Tanzania5.41Hybrid regime
91=Mali5.41Hybrid regime
93Liberia5.35Hybrid regime
94Bhutan5.3Hybrid regime
95Madagascar5.22Hybrid regime
96Uganda5.2Hybrid regime
97Nepal5.18Hybrid regime
98=Kenya5.11Hybrid regime
98=Kyrgyzstan5.11Hybrid regime
100Morocco4.99Hybrid regime
101Bosnia and Herzegovina4.98Hybrid regime
102Haiti4.91Hybrid regime
103Armenia4.79Hybrid regime
104Burkina Faso4.75Hybrid regime
105Sierra Leone4.66Hybrid regime
106=Lebanon4.63Hybrid regime
106=Thailand4.63Hybrid regime
108Nigeria4.44Hybrid regime
109Palestine4.39Hybrid regime
110Turkey4.37Hybrid regime
111Gambia4.31Hybrid regime
112Pakistan4.17Hybrid regime
113Côte d'Ivoire4.15Hybrid regime
114Iraq4.06Hybrid regime
115Jordan3.93Authoritarian
116=Mozambique3.85Authoritarian
116=Kuwait3.85Authoritarian
118Myanmar3.83Authoritarian
119Mauritania3.82Authoritarian
120Niger3.76Authoritarian
121Comoros3.71Authoritarian
122Nicaragua3.63Authoritarian
123Angola3.62Authoritarian
124Gabon3.61Authoritarian
125Cambodia3.59Authoritarian
126Algeria3.5Authoritarian
127Egypt3.36Authoritarian
128=Ethiopia3.35Authoritarian
128=Rwanda3.35Authoritarian
130China3.32Authoritarian
131Republic of the Congo3.31Authoritarian
132Cameroon3.28Authoritarian
133Qatar3.19Authoritarian
134=Zimbabwe3.16Authoritarian
134=Venezuela3.16Authoritarian
136Guinea3.14Authoritarian
137Belarus3.13Authoritarian
138Togo3.1Authoritarian
139Vietnam3.08Authoritarian
140Oman3.04Authoritarian
141Eswatini3.03Authoritarian
142Cuba3Authoritarian
143Afghanistan2.97Authoritarian
144=Kazakhstan2.94Authoritarian
144=Russia2.94Authoritarian
146Djibouti2.87Authoritarian
147United Arab Emirates2.76Authoritarian
148Bahrain2.71Authoritarian
149Azerbaijan2.65Authoritarian
150Iran2.45Authoritarian
151=Eritrea2.37Authoritarian
151=Laos2.37Authoritarian
153Burundi2.33Authoritarian
154Libya2.19Authoritarian
155Sudan2.15Authoritarian
156Uzbekistan2.01Authoritarian
157Guinea-Bissau1.98Authoritarian
158Yemen1.95Authoritarian
159=Saudi Arabia1.93Authoritarian
159=Tajikistan1.93Authoritarian
161Equatorial Guinea1.92Authoritarian
162Turkmenistan1.72Authoritarian
163Chad1.61Authoritarian
164Central African Republic1.52Authoritarian
165Democratic Republic of the Congo1.49Authoritarian
166Syria1.43Authoritarian
167North Korea1.08Authoritarian

 

Source: The Economist - Intelligence Unit
Full report: 2018 Democracy Index Report