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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
124
Albania
3
3
61
Algeria
6
6
96
Angola
6
6
132
Argentina
2
2
63
Armenia
5
5
102
Australia
1
1
11
Austria
1
1
16
Azerbaijan
7
6
141
Bahrain

7

120
Bangladesh
4
4
111
Belarus
7
7
128
Belgium
1
1
8
Benin
2
2
49
Bolivia
3
3
65
Bosnia and Herzegovina
4
4
77
Botswana
3
3
41
Brazil
2
2
54
Bulgaria
2
2
47
Burkina Faso
4
6
73
Burundi
7
6
142
Cambodia
6
6
126
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
128
Chad
7
7
133
Chile
1
1
23
China
7
7
124
Colombia
3
3
85
Congo, Republic of the
6
6
113
Costa Rica
1
1
20
Cote d'Ivoire
4
5
80
Croatia
1
1
35
Cuba
7
7
120
Cyprus

1

27
Czech Republic
1
1
25
Dem. Rep. of the Congo
6
6
139
Denmark
1
1
1
Dominican Republic
3
2
58
Ecuador
3
3
71
Egypt
6
6
119
El Salvador
2
2
50
Eritrea
7
7
152
Estonia
1
1
14
Ethiopia
7
6
127
Finland
1
1
1
France
1
1
20
Gabon
6
6
110
Gambia, The
7
6
143
Georgia
3
3
44
Germany
1
1
10
Ghana
1
1
34
Greece
2
2
52
Guatemala
4
3
102
Guinea
5
5
113
Guinea-Bissau
5
5
120
Haiti
5
5
105
Honduras
4
4
112
Hungary
2
2
44
Country
2016 Political Rights Score
2015 Political Rights Score
Democracy Rank 2016
India
2
2
48
Indonesia
2
2
61
Iran
6
6
143
Iraq
5
6
133
Ireland
1
1
11
Israel
1
1
32
Italy
1
1
30
Jamaica
2
2
38
Japan
1
1
17
Jordan
6
6
81
Kazakhstan
6
6
133
Kenya
4
4
105
Korea, North
7
7
154
Korea, South
2
2
39
Kosovo

3

79
Kuwait
5
5
81
Kyrgyzstan
5
5
115
Laos
7
7
133
Latvia
2
2
37
Lebanon
5
5
96
Lesotho
3
2
57
Liberia
3
3
87
Libya
6
6
143
Lithuania
1
1
24
Macedonia
4
4
92
Madagascar
3
4
105
Malawi
3
3
63
Malaysia
4
4
81
Mali
5
5
75
Mauritania
6
6
91
Mauritius
1
1
33
Mexico
3
3
70
Moldova
3
3
68
Mongolia
1
1
36
Morocco
5
5
101
Mozambique
4
4
85
Myanmar
6
6
123
Namibia
2
2
40
Nepal
4
4
92
Netherlands
1
1
6
New Zealand
1
1
7
Nicaragua
4
4
96
Niger
3
3
81
Nigeria
4
4
88
Norway
1
1
4
Country
2016 Political Rights Score
2015 Political Rights Score
Democracy Rank 2016
Oman
6
6
95
Pakistan
4
4
105
Panama
2
2
55
Papua New Guinea
4
4
74
Paraguay
3
3
69
Peru
2
2
58
Philippines
3
3
56
Poland
1
1
25
Portugal
1
1
19
Qatar

6

76
Romania
2
2
42
Russia
6
6
133
Rwanda
6
6
92
Saudi Arabia
7
7
117
Senegal
2
2
52
Serbia
2
2
50
Sierra Leone
3
3
66
Singapore
4
4
72
Slovakia
1
1
29
Slovenia
1
1
22
Somalia
7
7
147
South Africa
2
2
43
South Sudan

7

133
Spain
1
1
28
Sri Lanka
4
5
96
Sudan
7
7
149
Sweden
1
1
3
Switzerland
1
1
5
Syria
7
7
153
Taiwan
1
1
31
Tajikistan
7
6
139
Tanzania
3
3
88
Thailand
6
6
118
Togo
4
4
96
Trinidad and Tobago
2
2
44
Tunisia
1
1
58
Turkey
3
3
102
Turkmenistan
7
7
150
Uganda
6
6
105
Ukraine
3
3
67
United Arab Emirates
6
6
78
United Kingdom
1
1
11
United States
1
1
15
Uruguay
1
1
17
Uzbekistan
7
7
150
Venezuela
5
5
143
Vietnam
7
7
130
Yemen
7
6
147
Zambia
3
3
88
Zimbabwe
5
5
130




 

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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