NZ 4th best democracy

The EIU has released its 2018 Democracy Index.

It’s quite sobering. Only 5% of the world leave in a full democracy. A further 43% lived in flawed democracies. 17% in hybrid regimes and 36% in authoritarian regimes.

The average scores per region are:

  1. North America 8.56 (nc)
  2. Western Europe 8.35 (-0.03)
  3. Latin America & Caribbean 6.24 (-0.02)
  4. Asia & Australasia 5.67 (+0.04)
  5. Eastern Europe 5.42 (+0.02)
  6. Sub Saharan Africa 4.36 (+0.01)
  7. Middle East & North Africa 3.54 (nc)

The top 10 countries are:

  1. Norway 9.87
  2. Iceland 9.58
  3. Sweden 9.39
  4. NZ 9.26
  5. Denmark 9.22
  6. Canada 9.15
  7. Ireland 9.15
  8. Finland 9.14
  9. Australia 9.09
  10. Switzerland 9.03

Some other interesting ones:

  • 20 Costa Rica 8.07
  • 25 US 7.96
  • 29 France 7.80
  • 79 Fiji 5.85
  • 110 Turkey 4.37
  • 130 China 3.32
  • 134 Venezuela 3.16
  • 144 Russia 2.94
  • 167 North Korea 1.08

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