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This map reflects the findings of the predominately US-funded<ref name="ps">[1] 2005 Freedom House Annual Report, page 26, indicating 75% US federal funding </ref> Freedom House's 2006 survey Freedom in the World, concerning the state of world freedom in 2005 which correlates highly with several other measure of democracy.<ref>[2]</ref> ██ Free ██ Partly Free ██ Not Free
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Countries highlighted in blue are designated "Electoral Democracies" in predominately US-funded<ref name="ps" /> Freedom House's 2006 survey Freedom in the World.It is widely used by researchers in order to measure democracy and correlates highly with several other measures of democracy[3].
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This map reflects the findings of predominately US-funded <ref name="ps" /> Freedom House's 2006 survey Freedom in the World, concerning the state of political right in the world. It is widely used by researchers in order to measure democracy and correlates highly with several other measures of democracy.[4] ██ Level 1 ██ Level 2 ██ Level 3 ██ Level 4██ Level 5 ██ Level 6 ██ Level 7
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This map reflects the findings of predominately US-funded<ref name="ps" /> Freedom House's 2006 survey Freedom in the World, concerning the state of civil liberties in the world. It is widely used by researchers in order to measure democracy and correlates highly with several other measures of democracy.[5] ██ Level 1 ██ Level 2 ██ Level 3 ██ Level 4██ Level 5 ██ Level 6 ██ Level 7

Freedom in the World is a yearly report by predominately US-funded<ref name="ps" /> Freedom House that purports to measure the degree of democracy and freedom in every nation and significant disputed territories around the world, and which produces annual scores representing the levels of political rights and civil liberties in each state and territory, on a scale from 1 (most free) to 7 (least free). Depending on the ratings, the nations are then classified as Free, Partly Free, or Not Free. The ratings in this table reflect findings based on global events from 1 December 2004 through 30 November 2005. It is used by researchers in order to measure democracy and correlates highly with several other measures of democracy<ref>[6]</ref>.

Freedom House describes its relationship with the US government as: "Freedom House is an independent, non-governmental organization that was initially created in 1941 to urge the U.S. government to adopt policies supporting democracy and human rights at home and abroad. Its reports and analyses are independent of any governmental influence and are enriched by an intellectual atmosphere of scholarly inquiry. In recent years, Freedom House has received grants from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department for various projects, usually as a result of public competition. Freedom House has also applied for and received funds from other democratic governments and international bodies that promote democracy, including the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Norway and the European Union. Freedom House chooses to respond to specific funding opportunities, but never accepts funds from government institutions, including U.S. government agencies, in the form of contracts, and never functions as an extension of any government."[7]

An asterisk (*) indicates countries which are electoral democracies. To qualify as an "electoral democracy", a state must have satisfied the following criteria:

  1. A competitive, multiparty political system;
  2. Universal adult suffrage for all citizens (with exceptions for restrictions that states may legitimately place on citizens as sanctions for criminal offenses);
  3. Regularly contested elections conducted in conditions of ballot secrecy, reasonable ballot security, and in the absence of massive voter fraud that yields results that are unrepresentative of the public will;
  4. Significant public access of major political parties to the electorate through the media and through generally open political campaigning

Freedom House's term "electoral democracy" differs from liberal democracy in that the latter also implies the presence of a substantial array of civil liberties. In the survey, all Free countries qualify as both electoral and liberal democracies. By contrast, some Partly Free countries qualify as electoral, but not liberal, democracies.<ref>[8]Methodology, Freedom house</ref>

Survey data and introductory essay are available online. Detailed descriptions of all nations can be found online in Freedom in the World 2005.

PR - Political Rights CL - Civil Liberties

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[edit] Sub-Saharan Africa

Country PR CL Status Country PR CL Status
Image:Flag of Angola.svg Angola 6 5 Not Free Image:Flag of Liberia.svg Liberia* 4 4 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Benin.svg Benin* 2 2 Free Image:Flag of Madagascar (bordered).svg Madagascar* 3 3 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Botswana.svg Botswana* 2 2 Free Image:Flag of Malawi.svg Malawi* 4 4 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Burkina Faso.svg Burkina Faso 5 3 Partly Free Image:Flag of Mali.svg Mali* 2 2 Free
Image:Flag of Burundi.svg Burundi* 3 5 Partly Free Image:Flag of Mauritania.svg Mauritania 6 4 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Cameroon.svg Cameroon 6 6 Not Free Image:Flag of Mauritius.svg Mauritius* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Cape Verde.svg Cape Verde* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Mozambique.svg Mozambique* 3 4 Partly Free
Image:Flag of the Central African Republic.svg Central African Republic* 5 4 Partly Free Image:Flag of Namibia.svg Namibia* 2 2 Free
Image:Flag of Chad.svg Chad 6 5 Not Free Image:Flag of Niger.svg Niger* 3 3 Partly Free
Image:Flag of the Comoros.svg Comoros* 4 4 Partly Free Image:Flag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria* 4 4 Partly Free
Image:Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Congo-Brazzaville 5 5 Partly Free Image:Flag of Rwanda.svg Rwanda 6 5 Not Free
Image:Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Congo-Kinshasa 6 6 Not Free Image:Flag of Sao Tome and Principe.svg São Tomé and Príncipe* 2 2 Free
Image:Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Côte d'Ivoire 6 6 Not Free Image:Flag of Senegal.svg Senegal* 2 3 Free
Image:Flag of Djibouti.svg Djibouti 5 5 Partly Free Image:Flag of the Seychelles.svg Seychelles* 3 3 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg Equatorial Guinea 7 6 Not Free Image:Flag of Sierra Leone.svg Sierra Leone* 4 3 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Eritrea.svg Eritrea 7 6 Not Free Image:Flag of Somalia.svg Somalia 6 7 Not Free
Image:Flag of Ethiopia.svg Ethiopia 5 5 Partly Free Image:Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa* 1 2 Free
Image:Flag of Gabon.svg Gabon 6 4 Partly Free Image:Flag of Sudan.svg Sudan 7 7 Not Free
Image:Flag of The Gambia.svg The Gambia 5 4 Partly Free Image:Flag of Swaziland.svg Swaziland 7 5 Not Free
Image:Flag of Ghana.svg Ghana* 1 2 Free Image:Flag of Tanzania.svg Tanzania 4 3 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Guinea.svg Guinea 6 5 Not Free Image:Flag of Togo.svg Togo 6 5 Not Free
Image:Flag of Guinea-Bissau.svg Guinea-Bissau 3 4 Partly Free Image:Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda 5 4 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya* 3 3 Partly Free Image:Flag of Zambia.svg Zambia 4 4 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Lesotho.svg Lesotho* 2 3 Free Image:Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe 7 6 Not Free

[edit] Americas

Country PR CL Status Country PR CL Status
Image:Flag of Antigua and Barbuda.svg Antigua and Barbuda* 2 2 Free Image:Flag of Guyana.svg Guyana* 3 3 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina* 2 2 Free Image:Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti 7 6 Not Free
Image:Flag of the Bahamas.svg The Bahamas* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras* 3 3 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Barbados.svg Barbados* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica* 2 3 Free
Image:Flag of Belize.svg Belize* 1 2 Free Image:Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico* 2 2 Free
Image:Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia* 3 3 Partly Free Image:Flag of Nicaragua.svg Nicaragua* 3 3 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil* 2 2 Free Image:Flag of Panama (bordered).svg Panama* 1 2 Free
Image:Flag of Canada.svg Canada* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay* 3 3 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Chile (bordered).svg Chile* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Peru.svg Peru* 2 3 Free
Image:Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia* 3 3 Partly Free Image:Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg Saint Kitts and Nevis* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Costa Rica (state).svg Costa Rica* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Saint Lucia.svg Saint Lucia* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba 7 7 Not Free Image:Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.svg Saint Vincent and the Grenadines* 2 1 Free
Image:Flag of Dominica.svg Dominica* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Suriname.svg Suriname* 2 2 Free
Image:Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic* 2 2 Free Image:Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago* 3 2 Free
Image:Flag of Ecuador.svg Ecuador* 3 3 Partly Free Image:Flag of the United States.svg United States* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of El Salvador.svg El Salvador* 2 3 Free Image:Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Grenada.svg Grenada* 1 2 Free Image:Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela* 4 4 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala* 4 4 Partly Free

[edit] Asia-Pacific

Country PR CL Status Country PR CL Status
Image:Flag of Afghanistan.svg Afghanistan 5 5 Partly Free Image:Flag of Nauru.svg Nauru* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Australia.svg Australia* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Nepal.svg Nepal 6 5 Not Free
Image:Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh* 4 4 Partly Free Image:Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Bhutan.svg Bhutan 6 5 Not Free Image:Flag of North Korea.svg North Korea 7 7 Not Free
Image:Flag of Brunei.svg Brunei 6 5 Not Free Image:Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan 6 5 Not Free
Image:Flag of Myanmar.svg Burma 7 7 Not Free Image:Flag of Palau.svg Palau* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Cambodia.svg Cambodia 6 5 Not Free Image:Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea* 3 3 Partly Free
Image:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg People's Republic of China (Mainland only) 7 6 Not Free Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg Philippines* 3 3 Partly Free
Image:Flag of East Timor.svg East Timor* 3 3 Partly Free Image:Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa* 2 2 Free
Image:Flag of Fiji.svg Fiji 4 3 Partly Free Image:Flag of Singapore (bordered).svg Singapore 5 4 Partly Free
Image:Flag of India.svg India* 2 3 Free Image:Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg Solomon Islands* 3 3 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Indonesia (bordered).svg Indonesia* 2 3 Free Image:Flag of South Korea (bordered).svg South Korea* 1 2 Free
Image:Flag of Japan (bordered).svg Japan* 1 2 Free Image:Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka* 3 3 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Kiribati.svg Kiribati* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of the Republic of China.svg Republic of China (Taiwan)* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Laos.svg Laos 7 6 Not Free Image:Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand* 3 3 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia 4 4 Partly Free Image:Flag of Tonga.svg Tonga 5 3 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Maldives.svg Maldives 6 5 Not Free Image:Flag of Tuvalu.svg Tuvalu* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of the Marshall Islands.svg Marshall Islands* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Vanuatu.svg Vanuatu* 2 2 Free
Image:Flag of Micronesia.svg Micronesia* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Vietnam.svg Vietnam 7 5 Not Free
Image:Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia* 2 2 Free

[edit] Central & Eastern Europe & the former Soviet Union

Country PR CL Status Country PR CL Status
Image:Flag of Albania.svg Albania* 3 3 Partly Free Image:Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Armenia.svg Armenia 5 4 Partly Free Image:Flag of Macedonia.svg Macedonia* 3 3 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan 6 5 Not Free Image:Flag of Moldova.svg Moldova* 3 4 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus 7 6 Not Free Image:Flag of Poland (bordered).svg Poland* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 3 Partly Free Image:Flag of Romania.svg Romania* 2 2 Free
Image:Flag of Bulgaria (bordered).svg Bulgaria* 1 2 Free Image:Flag of Russia (bordered).svg Russia 6 5 Not Free
Image:Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia* 2 2 Free Image:Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg Serbia and Montenegro* 3 2 Free
Image:Flag of the Czech Republic (bordered).svg Czech Republic* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Georgia (bordered).svg Georgia* 3 3 Partly Free Image:Flag of Tajikistan.svg Tajikistan 6 5 Not Free
Image:Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Turkmenistan.svg Turkmenistan 7 7 Not Free
Image:Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan 6 5 Not Free Image:Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine* 3 2 Free
Image:Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg Kyrgyzstan 5 4 Partly Free Image:Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Uzbekistan 7 7 Not Free
Image:Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia* 1 1 Free

[edit] Western Europe

Country PR CL Status Country PR CL Status
Image:Flag of Andorra.svg Andorra* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Austria.svg Austria* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Malta (bordered).svg Malta* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Monaco (bordered).svg Monaco* 2 1 Free
Image:Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Norway.svg Norway* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Finland (bordered).svg Finland* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of France.svg France* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Germany.svg Germany* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Spain.svg Spain* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Greece.svg Greece* 1 2 Free Image:Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey* 3 3 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Italy.svg Italy* 1 1 Free Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom* 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Liechtenstein.svg Liechtenstein* 1 1 Free

[edit] Middle East & North Africa

Country PR CL Status Country PR CL Status
Image:Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria 6 5 Not Free Image:Flag of Libya.svg Libya 7 7 Not Free
Image:Flag of Bahrain.svg Bahrain 5 5 Partly Free Image:Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco 5 4 Partly Free
Image:Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt 6 5 Not Free Image:Flag of Oman (bordered).svg Oman 6 5 Not Free
Image:Flag of Iran.svg Iran 6 6 Not Free Image:Flag of Qatar (bordered).svg Qatar 6 5 Not Free
Image:Flag of Iraq.svg Iraq 6 5 Not Free Image:Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Saudi Arabia 7 6 Not Free
Image:Flag of Israel (bordered).svg Israel* 1 2 Free Image:Flag of Syria.svg Syria 7 7 Not Free
Image:Flag of Jordan.svg Jordan 5 4 Partly Free Image:Flag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia 6 5 Not Free
Image:Flag of Kuwait.svg Kuwait 4 5 Partly Free Image:Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg United Arab Emirates 6 6 Not Free
Image:Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon 5 4 Partly Free Image:Flag of Yemen.svg Yemen 5 5 Partly Free

[edit] Related/Disputed Territories

Country / Territory PR CL Status Country / Territory PR CL Status
Image:Flag of Abkhazia.svg Abkhazia (Georgia) 5 5 Partly Free Image:Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus 2 2 Free
Image:Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong (People's Republic of China) 5 2 Partly Free Image:Palestinian flag.svg Palestinian Authority Administered Territories 5 5 Partly Free
Image:Flag of India.svg Kashmir (Indian Administered) 5 5 Partly Free Image:Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rico (United States) 1 1 Free
Image:Flag of Pakistan.svg Kashmir (Pakistani Administered) 7 5 Not Free Image:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Tibet (People's Republic of China) 7 7 Not Free
Image:Flag of the United Nations.svg Kosovo (Serbia & Montenegro) 6 5 Not Free Image:Flag of Transnistria.svg Transnistria (Moldova) 6 6 Not Free
Image:Flag of Macau.svg Macao (People's Republic of China) 6 4 Partly Free Image:Flag of Israel (bordered).svg West Bank and Gaza Strip (Israeli Administered) 6 5 Not Free
Image:Flag of Nagorno-Karabakh.svg Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan) 5 5 Partly Free Image:Flag of Western Sahara.svg Western Sahara (Morocco) 7 6 Not Free

[edit] References

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