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The Freedom House Annual Survey employs the Political Rights checklist to help determine the degree to which people can participate in the political process of their country. Each country is then rated on a seven-category scale, 1 representing the most free and 7 the least free. These 7 categories are laid out below. To purchase the Annual Survey print edition visit the store.

Country
2016 Political Rights Score
2015 Political Rights Score
Democracy Rank 2016
Afghanistan
6
6
127
Albania
3
3
63
Algeria
6
6
93
Angola
6
6
135
Argentina
2
2
65
Armenia
5
5
98
Australia
1
1
12
Austria
1
1
15
Azerbaijan
7
6
144
Bahrain

7

111

Bangladesh
4
4
111
Belarus
7
7
139
Belgium
1
1
8
Benin
2
2
49
Bolivia
3
3
63
Bosnia and Herzegovina
4
4
78
Botswana
3
3
41
Brazil
2
2
56
Bulgaria
2
2
47
Burkina Faso
4
6
74
Burundi
7
6
139
Cambodia
6
6
124
Cameroon
6
6
115
Country
2016 Political Rights Score
2015 Political Rights Score

Democracy Rank 2016

Canada
1
1
9
Central African Republic
7
7
122
Chad
7
7
130
Chile
1
1
21
China
7
7
125
Colombia
3
3
83
Congo, Republic of the
6
6
111
Costa Rica
1
1
22
Cote d'Ivoire
4
5
83
Croatia
1
1
35
Cuba
7
7
121
Cyprus

1

24

Czech Republic
1
1
26
Dem. Rep. of the Congo
6
6
135
Denmark
1
1
1
Dominican Republic
3
2
57
Ecuador
3
3
71
Egypt
6
6
119
El Salvador
2
2
48
Eritrea
7
7
151
Estonia
1
1
14
Ethiopia
7
6
125
Finland
1
1
1
France
1
1
20
Gabon
6
6
107
Gambia, The
7
6
139
Georgia
3
3
46
Germany
1
1
10
Ghana
1
1
34
Greece
2
2
50
Guatemala
4
3
102
Guinea
5
5
118
Guinea-Bissau
5
5
120
Haiti
5
5
110
Honduras
4
4
111
Hungary
2
2
43
Country
2016 Political Rights Score
2015 Political Rights Score
Democracy Rank 2016
India
2
2
51
Indonesia
2
2
60
Iran
6
6
145
Iraq
5
6
134
Ireland
1
1
11
Israel
1
1
32
Italy
1
1
30
Jamaica
2
2
38
Japan
1
1
16
Jordan
6
6
79
Kazakhstan
6
6
135
Kenya
4
4
106
Korea, North
7
7
154
Korea, South
2
2
38
Kosovo

3

81

Kuwait
5
5
77
Kyrgyzstan
5
5
116
Laos
7
7
139
Latvia
2
2
37
Lebanon
5
5
98
Lesotho
3
2
52
Liberia
3
3
88
Libya
6
6
139
Lithuania
1
1
22
Macedonia
4
4
86
Madagascar
3
4
102
Malawi
3
3
61
Malaysia
4
4
82
Mali
5
5
73
Mauritania
6
6
86
Mauritius
1
1
33
Mexico
3
3
69
Moldova
3
3
66
Mongolia
1
1
36
Morocco
5
5
102
Mozambique
4
4
80
Myanmar
6
6
125
Namibia
2
2
40
Nepal
4
4
95
Netherlands
1
1
5
New Zealand
1
1
7
Nicaragua
4
4
95
Niger
3
3
83
Nigeria
4
4
90
Norway
1
1
3
Country
2016 Political Rights Score
2015 Political Rights Score
Democracy Rank 2016
Oman
6
6
93
Pakistan
4
4
107
Panama
2
2
55
Papua New Guinea
4
4
75
Paraguay
3
3
70
Peru
2
2
59
Philippines
3
3
57
Poland
1
1
27
Portugal
1
1
19
Qatar

6

122

Romania
2
2
44
Russia
6
6
132
Rwanda
6
6
90
Saudi Arabia
7
7
107
Senegal
2
2
52
Serbia
2
2
52
Sierra Leone
3
3
67
Singapore
4
4
72
Slovakia
1
1
29
Slovenia
1
1
24
Somalia
7
7
148
South Africa
2
2
44
South Sudan

7

127

Spain
1
1
28
Sri Lanka
4
5
95
Sudan
7
7
150
Sweden
1
1
3
Switzerland
1
1
6
Syria
7
7
149
Taiwan
1
1
31
Tajikistan
7
6
138
Tanzania
3
3
90
Thailand
6
6
116
Togo
4
4
98
Trinidad and Tobago
2
2
42
Tunisia
1
1
61
Turkey
3
3
101
Turkmenistan
7
7
153
Uganda
6
6
105
Ukraine
3
3
68
United Arab Emirates
6
6
76
United Kingdom
1
1
12
United States
1
1
16
Uruguay
1
1
16
Uzbekistan
7
7
151
Venezuela
5
5
145
Vietnam
7
7
132
Yemen
7
6
147
Zambia
3
3
89
Zimbabwe
5
5
131




 

Is the head of state and/or head of government or other chief of authority elected through free and fair elections?

Are the legislative representatives elected through free and fair elections?

Are their fair electoral laws, equal campaigning opportunities, fair polling and honest tabulation of ballots?

Are the voters able to endow their freely elected representatives with real power?

Do the people have the right to organise in different political parties or other competitive political groupings of their choice, and is the system open to the rise and fall of these competing parties or groupings?

Is there a significant opposition vote, de facto opposition power, and a realistic possibility for the opposition to increase its support or gain power through elections?

Are the people free from domination by the military, foreign powers, totalitarian parties, religious hierarchies, economic oligarchies or any other powerful group?

Do cultural, ethnic and other minority groups have reasonable self-determination, self-government, autonomy or participation through informal consensus in the decision-making process?

Additional discretionary questions:

For traditional monarchies that have no parties or electoral process, does the system provide for consultation with the people, encourage discussion of policy, and allow the right to petition the ruler?

Is the government or occupying power deliberately changing the ethnic composition of a country or territory so as to destroy a culture or tip the political balance in favour of another group?
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