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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
2018 Political Rights Score
2017 Political Rights Score
Democracy Rank 2018
Afghanistan
5
6
123
Albania
3
3
63
Algeria
6
6
105
Angola
6
6
133
Argentina
2
2
54
Armenia
5
5
98
Australia
1
1
13
Austria
1
1
15
Azerbaijan
7
7
140
Bahrain

7

7

129
Bangladesh
4
4
108
Belarus
6
7
114
Belgium
1
1
9
Benin
2
2
47
Bolivia
3
3
66
Bosnia and Herzegovina
4
4
81
Botswana
3
3
41
Brazil
2
2
59
Bulgaria
2
2
48
Burkina Faso
4
4
76
Burundi
7
7
144
Cambodia
6
6
127
Cameroon
6
6
119
Country
2018 Political Rights Score
2017 Political Rights Score

Democracy Rank 2018

Canada
1
1
8
Central African Republic
7
7
126
Chad
7
7
133
Chile
1
1
21
China
7
7
125
Colombia
3
3
66
Congo, Republic of the
7
7
114
Costa Rica
1
1
20
Cote d'Ivoire
4
4
82
Croatia
1
1
32
Cuba
7
7
122
Cyprus

1

1

27
Czech Republic
1
1
25
Dem. Rep. of the Congo
7
7
143
Denmark
1
1
2
Dominican Republic
3
3
63
Ecuador
3
3
73
Egypt
6
6
123
El Salvador
2
2
55
Eritrea
7
7
151
Estonia
1
1
13
Ethiopia
7
7
129
Finland
1
1
3
France
1
1
19
Gabon
7
6
114
Gambia, The
4
6
138
Georgia
3
3
44
Germany
1
1
10
Ghana
1
1
33
Greece
2
2
46
Guatemala
4
4
102
Guinea
5
5
114
Guinea-Bissau
5
5
120
Haiti
5
5
102
Honduras
4
4
111
Hungary
3
3
48
Country
2018 Political Rights Score
2017 Political Rights Score
Democracy Rank 2018
India
2
2
52
Indonesia
2
2
61
Iran
6
6
141
Iraq
5
5
132
Ireland
1
1
12
Israel
1
1
37
Italy
1
1
29
Jamaica
2
2
38
Japan
1
1
16
Jordan
5
5
84
Kazakhstan
7
7
133
Kenya
4
4
102
Korea, North
7
7
154
Korea, South
2
2
39
Kosovo

3

3

80
Kuwait
5
5
85
Kyrgyzstan
5
5
113
Laos
7
7
137
Latvia
2
1
36
Lebanon
6
5
98
Lesotho
3
3
58
Liberia
3
3
71
Libya
7
7
141
Lithuania
1
1
21
Macedonia
4
4
100
Madagascar
3
3
108
Malawi
3
3
65
Malaysia
4
4
87
Mali
5
5
77
Mauritania
6
6
93
Mauritius
1
1
31
Mexico
3
3
74
Moldova
3
3
70
Mongolia
1
1
34
Morocco
5
5
95
Mozambique
4
4
89
Myanmar
5
5
121
Namibia
2
2
40
Nepal
3
3
85
Netherlands
1
1
6
New Zealand
1
1
7
Nicaragua
5
5
100
Niger
4
4
83
Nigeria
3
3
91
Norway
1
1
1
Country
2018 Political Rights Score
2017 Political Rights Score
Democracy Rank 2018
Oman
6
6
97
Pakistan
4
4
107
Panama
2
2
53
Papua New Guinea
3
3
50
Paraguay
3
3
72
Peru
2
2
55
Philippines
3
3
59
Poland
1
1
30
Portugal
1
1
16
Qatar

6

6

78
Romania
2
2
43
Russia
7
7
133
Rwanda
6
6
91
Saudi Arabia
7
7
111
Senegal
2
2
51
Serbia
3
3
55
Sierra Leone
3
3
69
Singapore
4
4
75
Slovakia
1
1
28
Slovenia
1
1
21
Somalia
7
7
148
South Africa
2
2
45
South Sudan

7

7

139
Spain
1
1
27
Sri Lanka
3
3
89
Sudan
7
7
148
Sweden
1
1
3
Switzerland
1
1
5
Syria
7
7
152
Taiwan
1
1
21
Tajikistan
7
7
146
Tanzania
4
3
87
Thailand
6
6
118
Togo
4
4
93
Trinidad and Tobago
2
2
41
Tunisia
2
1
61
Turkey
5
4
110
Turkmenistan
7
7
153
Uganda
6
6
105
Ukraine
3
3
68
United Arab Emirates
7
6
78
United Kingdom
1
1
11
United States
2
1
35
Uruguay
1
1
16
Uzbekistan
7
7
150
Venezuela
6
6
144
Vietnam
7
7
127
Yemen
7
7
147
Zambia
4
4
95
Zimbabwe
6
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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