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
1Country Rankings on Democracy 1Norway9.87Full democracy
2Country Rankings on Democracy 2Iceland9.58Full democracy
3Country Rankings on Democracy 3Sweden9.39Full democracy
4Country Rankings on Democracy 4New Zealand9.26Full democracy
5Country Rankings on Democracy 5Denmark9.22Full democracy
6=Country Rankings on Democracy 6Canada9.15Full democracy
6=Country Rankings on Democracy 7Ireland9.15Full democracy
8Country Rankings on Democracy 8Finland9.14Full democracy
9Country Rankings on Democracy 9Australia9.09Full democracy
10Country Rankings on Democracy 10Switzerland9.03Full democracy
11Country Rankings on Democracy 11Netherlands8.89Full democracy
12Country Rankings on Democracy 12Luxembourg8.81Full democracy
13Country Rankings on Democracy 13Germany8.68Full democracy
14Country Rankings on Democracy 14United Kingdom8.53Full democracy
15Country Rankings on Democracy 15Uruguay8.38Full democracy
16Country Rankings on Democracy 16Austria8.29Full democracy
17Country Rankings on Democracy 17Mauritius8.22Full democracy
18Country Rankings on Democracy 18Malta8.21Full democracy
19Country Rankings on Democracy 19Spain8.08Full democracy
20Country Rankings on Democracy 20Costa Rica8.07Full democracy
21Country Rankings on Democracy 21South Korea8Flawed democracies
22Country Rankings on Democracy 22Japan7.99Flawed democracies
23=Country Rankings on Democracy 23Chile7.97Flawed democracies
23=Country Rankings on Democracy 24Estonia7.97Flawed democracies
25Country Rankings on Democracy 25United States of America7.96Flawed democracies
26Country Rankings on Democracy 26Cape Verde7.88Flawed democracies
27Country Rankings on Democracy 27Portugal7.84Flawed democracies
28Country Rankings on Democracy 28Botswana7.81Flawed democracies
29Country Rankings on Democracy 29France7.8Flawed democracies
30Country Rankings on Democracy 30Israel7.79Flawed democracies
31Country Rankings on Democracy 31Belgium7.78Flawed democracies
32Country Rankings on Democracy 32Taiwan7.73Flawed democracies
33Country Rankings on Democracy 33Italy7.71Flawed democracies
34Country Rankings on Democracy 34Czech Republic7.69Flawed democracies
35Country Rankings on Democracy 35Cyprus7.59Flawed democracies
36=Country Rankings on Democracy 36Slovenia7.5Flawed democracies
36=Country Rankings on Democracy 37Lithuania7.5Flawed democracies
38Country Rankings on Democracy 38Latvia7.38Flawed democracies
39Country Rankings on Democracy 39Greece7.29Flawed democracies
40Country Rankings on Democracy 40South Africa7.24Flawed democracies
41Country Rankings on Democracy 41India7.23Flawed democracies
42Country Rankings on Democracy 42Timor-Leste7.19Flawed democracies
43Country Rankings on Democracy 43Trinidad and Tobago7.16Flawed democracies
44Country Rankings on Democracy 44Slovakia7.1Flawed democracies
45Country Rankings on Democracy 45Panama7.05Flawed democracies
46Country Rankings on Democracy 46Bulgaria7.03Flawed democracies
47=Country Rankings on Democracy 47Argentina7.02Flawed democracies
47=Country Rankings on Democracy 48Jamaica7.02Flawed democracies
49Country Rankings on Democracy 49Suriname6.98Flawed democracies
50Country Rankings on Democracy 50Brazil6.97Flawed democracies
51Country Rankings on Democracy 51Colombia6.96Flawed democracies
52Country Rankings on Democracy 52Malaysia6.88Flawed democracies
53Country Rankings on Democracy 53Philippines6.71Flawed democracies
54=Country Rankings on Democracy 54Poland6.67Flawed democracies
54=Country Rankings on Democracy 55Guyana6.67Flawed democracies
56Country Rankings on Democracy 56Lesotho6.64Flawed democracies
57=Country Rankings on Democracy 57Ghana6.63Flawed democracies
57=Country Rankings on Democracy 58Hungary6.63Flawed democracies
59Country Rankings on Democracy 59Peru6.6Flawed democracies
60Country Rankings on Democracy 60Croatia6.57Flawed democracies
61Country Rankings on Democracy 61Dominican Republic6.54Flawed democracies
62Country Rankings on Democracy 62Mongolia6.5Flawed democracies
63=Country Rankings on Democracy 63Serbia6.41Flawed democracies
63=Country Rankings on Democracy 64Tunisia6.41Flawed democracies
65Country Rankings on Democracy 65Indonesia6.39Flawed democracies
66=Country Rankings on Democracy 66Singapore6.38Flawed democracies
66=Country Rankings on Democracy 67Romania6.38Flawed democracies
68Country Rankings on Democracy 68Ecuador6.27Flawed democracies
69Country Rankings on Democracy 69Namibia6.25Flawed democracies
70Country Rankings on Democracy 70Paraguay6.24Flawed democracies
71=Country Rankings on Democracy 71Sri Lanka6.19Flawed democracies
71=Country Rankings on Democracy 72Mexico6.19Flawed democracies
73=Country Rankings on Democracy 73Hong Kong6.15Flawed democracies
73=Country Rankings on Democracy 74Senegal6.15Flawed democracies
75Country Rankings on Democracy 75Papua New Guinea6.03Flawed democracies
76Country Rankings on Democracy 76Albania5.98Hybrid regime
77Country Rankings on Democracy 77El Salvador5.96Hybrid regime
78Country Rankings on Democracy 78North Macedonia5.87Hybrid regime
79=Country Rankings on Democracy 79Moldova5.85Hybrid regime
79=Country Rankings on Democracy 80Fiji5.85Hybrid regime
81=Country Rankings on Democracy 81Montenegro5.74Hybrid regime
81=Country Rankings on Democracy 82Benin5.74Hybrid regime
83Country Rankings on Democracy 83Bolivia5.7Hybrid regime
84Country Rankings on Democracy 84Ukraine5.69Hybrid regime
85Country Rankings on Democracy 85Honduras5.63Hybrid regime
86Country Rankings on Democracy 86Zambia5.61Hybrid regime
87Country Rankings on Democracy 87Guatemala5.6Hybrid regime
88Country Rankings on Democracy 88Bangladesh5.57Hybrid regime
89Country Rankings on Democracy 89Georgia5.5Hybrid regime
90Country Rankings on Democracy 90Malawi5.49Hybrid regime
91=Country Rankings on Democracy 91Tanzania5.41Hybrid regime
91=Country Rankings on Democracy 92Mali5.41Hybrid regime
93Country Rankings on Democracy 93Liberia5.35Hybrid regime
94Country Rankings on Democracy 94Bhutan5.3Hybrid regime
95Country Rankings on Democracy 95Madagascar5.22Hybrid regime
96Country Rankings on Democracy 96Uganda5.2Hybrid regime
97Country Rankings on Democracy 97Nepal5.18Hybrid regime
98=Country Rankings on Democracy 98Kenya5.11Hybrid regime
98=Country Rankings on Democracy 56Kyrgyzstan5.11Hybrid regime
100Country Rankings on Democracy 100Morocco4.99Hybrid regime
101Country Rankings on Democracy 101Bosnia and Herzegovina4.98Hybrid regime
102Country Rankings on Democracy 102Haiti4.91Hybrid regime
103Country Rankings on Democracy 103Armenia4.79Hybrid regime
104Country Rankings on Democracy 104Burkina Faso4.75Hybrid regime
105Country Rankings on Democracy 105Sierra Leone4.66Hybrid regime
106=Country Rankings on Democracy 106Lebanon4.63Hybrid regime
106=Country Rankings on Democracy 107Thailand4.63Hybrid regime
108Country Rankings on Democracy 108Nigeria4.44Hybrid regime
109Country Rankings on Democracy 109Palestine4.39Hybrid regime
110Country Rankings on Democracy 110Turkey4.37Hybrid regime
111Country Rankings on Democracy 111Gambia4.31Hybrid regime
112Country Rankings on Democracy 112Pakistan4.17Hybrid regime
113Country Rankings on Democracy 113Côte d'Ivoire4.15Hybrid regime
114Country Rankings on Democracy 114Iraq4.06Hybrid regime
115Country Rankings on Democracy 115Jordan3.93Authoritarian
116=Country Rankings on Democracy 116Mozambique3.85Authoritarian
116=Country Rankings on Democracy 106Kuwait3.85Authoritarian
118Country Rankings on Democracy 118Myanmar3.83Authoritarian
119Country Rankings on Democracy 119Mauritania3.82Authoritarian
120Country Rankings on Democracy 120Niger3.76Authoritarian
121Country Rankings on Democracy 121Comoros3.71Authoritarian
122Country Rankings on Democracy 122Nicaragua3.63Authoritarian
123Country Rankings on Democracy 123Angola3.62Authoritarian
124Country Rankings on Democracy 124Gabon3.61Authoritarian
125Country Rankings on Democracy 125Cambodia3.59Authoritarian
126Country Rankings on Democracy 126Algeria3.5Authoritarian
127Country Rankings on Democracy 127Egypt3.36Authoritarian
128=Country Rankings on Democracy 128Ethiopia3.35Authoritarian
128=Country Rankings on Democracy 129Rwanda3.35Authoritarian
130Country Rankings on Democracy 130China3.32Authoritarian
131Country Rankings on Democracy 131Republic of the Congo3.31Authoritarian
132Country Rankings on Democracy 125Cameroon3.28Authoritarian
133Country Rankings on Democracy 133Qatar3.19Authoritarian
134=Country Rankings on Democracy 134Zimbabwe3.16Authoritarian
134=Country Rankings on Democracy 135Venezuela3.16Authoritarian
136Country Rankings on Democracy 136Guinea3.14Authoritarian
137Country Rankings on Democracy 137Belarus3.13Authoritarian
138Country Rankings on Democracy 138Togo3.1Authoritarian
139Country Rankings on Democracy 139Vietnam3.08Authoritarian
140Country Rankings on Democracy 140Oman3.04Authoritarian
141Country Rankings on Democracy 141Eswatini3.03Authoritarian
142Country Rankings on Democracy 142Cuba3Authoritarian
143Country Rankings on Democracy 143Afghanistan2.97Authoritarian
144=Country Rankings on Democracy 144Kazakhstan2.94Authoritarian
144=Country Rankings on Democracy 145Russia2.94Authoritarian
146Country Rankings on Democracy 146Djibouti2.87Authoritarian
147Country Rankings on Democracy 147United Arab Emirates2.76Authoritarian
148Country Rankings on Democracy 148Bahrain2.71Authoritarian
149Country Rankings on Democracy 149Azerbaijan2.65Authoritarian
150Country Rankings on Democracy 150Iran2.45Authoritarian
151=Country Rankings on Democracy 151Eritrea2.37Authoritarian
151=Country Rankings on Democracy 93Laos2.37Authoritarian
153Country Rankings on Democracy 153Burundi2.33Authoritarian
154Country Rankings on Democracy 38Libya2.19Authoritarian
155Country Rankings on Democracy 155Sudan2.15Authoritarian
156Country Rankings on Democracy 156Uzbekistan2.01Authoritarian
157Country Rankings on Democracy 157Guinea-Bissau1.98Authoritarian
158Country Rankings on Democracy 158Yemen1.95Authoritarian
159=Country Rankings on Democracy 159Saudi Arabia1.93Authoritarian
159=Country Rankings on Democracy 160Tajikistan1.93Authoritarian
161Country Rankings on Democracy 161Equatorial Guinea1.92Authoritarian
162Country Rankings on Democracy 162Turkmenistan1.72Authoritarian
163Country Rankings on Democracy 67Chad1.61Authoritarian
164Country Rankings on Democracy 164Central African Republic1.52Authoritarian
165Country Rankings on Democracy 165Democratic Republic of the Congo1.49Authoritarian
166Country Rankings on Democracy 166Syria1.43Authoritarian
167Country Rankings on Democracy 167North Korea1.08Authoritarian

 

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