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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
2017 Political Rights Score
2016 Political Rights Score
Democracy Rank 2017
Afghanistan
6
6
124
Albania
3
3
61
Algeria
6
6
102
Angola
6
6
135
Argentina
2
2
58
Armenia
5
5
100
Australia
1
1
11
Austria
1
1
15
Azerbaijan
7
7
139
Bahrain

7

7

122
Bangladesh
4
4
110
Belarus
7
7
119
Belgium
1
1
8
Benin
2
2
48
Bolivia
3
3
66
Bosnia and Herzegovina
4
4
77
Botswana
3
3
42
Brazil
2
2
55
Bulgaria
2
2
48
Burkina Faso
4
4
74
Burundi
7
7
146
Cambodia
6
6
127
Cameroon
6
6
116
Country
2017 Political Rights Score
2016 Political Rights Score

Democracy Rank 2017

Canada
1
1
9
Central African Republic
7
7
128
Chad
7
7
132
Chile
1
1
24
China
7
7
126
Colombia
3
3
66
Congo, Republic of the
7
6
113
Costa Rica
1
1
21
Cote d'Ivoire
4
4
80
Croatia
1
1
36
Cuba
7
7
122
Cyprus

1

1

27
Czech Republic
1
1
26
Dem. Rep. of the Congo
7
6
142
Denmark
1
1
1
Dominican Republic
3
3
60
Ecuador
3
3
108
Egypt
6
6
119
El Salvador
2
2
54
Eritrea
7
7
151
Estonia
1
1
14
Ethiopia
7
7
130
Finland
1
1
2
France
1
1
20
Gabon
6
6
110
Gambia, The
6
7
140
Georgia
3
3
44
Germany
1
1
10
Ghana
1
1
35
Greece
2
2
47
Guatemala
4
4
100
Guinea
5
5
113
Guinea-Bissau
5
5
119
Haiti
5
5
103
Honduras
4
4
110
Hungary
3
2
46
Country
2017 Political Rights Score
2016 Political Rights Score
Democracy Rank 2017
India
2
2
52
Indonesia
2
2
61
Iran
6
6
140
Iraq
5
5
132
Ireland
1
1
13
Israel
1
1
31
Italy
1
1
30
Jamaica
2
2
38
Japan
1
1
18
Jordan
5
6
83
Kazakhstan
7
6
137
Kenya
4
4
103
Korea, North
7
7
154
Korea, South
2
2
40
Kosovo

3

3

77
Kuwait
5
5
82
Kyrgyzstan
5
5
113
Laos
7
7
135
Latvia
1
2
31
Lebanon
5
5
97
Lesotho
3
3
61
Liberia
3
3
86
Libya
7
6
144
Lithuania
1
1
22
Macedonia
4
4
96
Madagascar
3
3
103
Malawi
3
3
65
Malaysia
4
4
83
Mali
5
5
75
Mauritania
6
6
93
Mauritius
1
1
34
Mexico
3
3
72
Moldova
3
3
70
Mongolia
1
1
37
Morocco
5
5
98
Mozambique
4
4
85
Myanmar
5
6
124
Namibia
2
2
38
Nepal
3
4
86
Netherlands
1
1
6
New Zealand
1
1
7
Nicaragua
5
4
98
Niger
4
3
80
Nigeria
3
4
86
Norway
1
1
2
Country
2017 Political Rights Score
2016 Political Rights Score
Democracy Rank 2017
Oman
6
6
93
Pakistan
4
4
106
Panama
2
2
52
Papua New Guinea
3
4
48
Paraguay
3
3
71
Peru
2
2
58
Philippines
3
3
57
Poland
1
1
33
Portugal
1
1
19
Qatar

6

6

76
Romania
2
2
42
Russia
7
6
132
Rwanda
6
6
89
Saudi Arabia
7
7
116
Senegal
2
2
51
Serbia
3
2
55
Sierra Leone
3
3
68
Singapore
4
4
73
Slovakia
1
1
29
Slovenia
1
1
22
Somalia
7
7
147
South Africa
2
2
44
South Sudan

7

7

138
Spain
1
1
28
Sri Lanka
3
4
89
Sudan
7
7
149
Sweden
1
1
2
Switzerland
1
1
5
Syria
7
7
153
Taiwan
1
1
25
Tajikistan
7
7
142
Tanzania
3
3
93
Thailand
6
6
118
Togo
4
4
89
Trinidad and Tobago
2
2
42
Tunisia
1
1
64
Turkey
4
3
108
Turkmenistan
7
7
151
Uganda
6
6
106
Ukraine
3
3
68
United Arab Emirates
6
6
77
United Kingdom
1
1
12
United States
1
1
16
Uruguay
1
1
17
Uzbekistan
7
7
150
Venezuela
6
5
145
Vietnam
7
7
128
Yemen
7
7
148
Zambia
4
3
89
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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