Democracy Index 2018

The Democracy Index (DI) is an index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a UK-based company.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU) is the research and analysis division of The Economist Group, the sister company to The Economist newspaper.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide in 165 independent states and two territories.

The index was first published in 2006, with updates for 2008, 2010 and later years.

The index is based on 60 indicators grouped in five different categories, measuring pluralism, civil liberties and political culture.

In addition to a numeric score and a ranking, the index categorises each country in one of four regime types: full democracies, flawed democracies, hybrid regimes and authoritarian regimes.

Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit

 Type of Regime Score Countries Countries % Population %
 Full Democracies 8 < s  20  12.0  4.5 
Flawed Democracies  6 < s  ≤ 8 55  32.9  43.2 
Hybrid Democracies   4 < s ≤ 6 39  23.4  16.7 
Authoritarian Regimes s ≤ 4 53 31.7 35.6

Democracy Index 2018 – Full List

RankCountryScoreElectoral process and pluralismFunctioning of governmentPolitical ParticipationPolitical CultureCivil LibertiesRegime TypeContinent
1Norway9.87109.6410109.71Full democracyEurope
2Iceland9.58109.298.89109.71Full democracyEurope
3Sweden9.399.589.648.33109.41Full democracyEurope
4New Zealand9.26109.298.898.1310Full democracyOceania
5Denmark9.22109.298.339.389.12Full democracyEurope
6Ireland9.159.587.868.331010Full democracyEurope
7Canada9.159.589.647.788.7510Full democracyNorth America
8Finland9.14108.938.338.759.71Full democracyEurope
9Australia9.09108.937.788.7510Full democracyOceania
10Switzerland9.039.589.297.789.389.12Full democracyEurope
11Netherlands8.899.589.298.338.139.12Full democracyEurope
12Luxembourg8.81108.936.678.759.71Full democracyEurope
13Germany8.689.588.578.337.59.41Full democracyEurope
14United Kingdom8.539.587.58.338.139.12Full democracyEurope
15Uruguay8.38108.576.117.59.71Full democracySouth America
16Austria8.299.587.868.336.888.82Full democracyEurope
17Mauritius8.229.178.215.568.759.41Full democracyAfrica
18Malta8.219.178.216.118.758.82Full democracyEurope
19Spain8.089.177.147.787.58.82Full democracyEurope
20Costa Rica8.079.587.56.677.59.12Full democracyNorth America
21South Korea89.177.867.227.58.24Flawed democracyAsia
22Japan7.998.758.216.677.58.82Flawed democracyAsia
23Chile7.979.588.574.448.139.12Flawed democracySouth America
24Estonia7.979.588.216.676.888.53Flawed democracyEurope
25United States7.969.177.147.787.58.24Flawed democracyNorth America
26Cape Verde7.889.177.866.676.888.82Flawed democracyAfrica
27Portugal7.849.587.56.116.889.12Flawed democracyEurope
28Botswana7.819.177.146.117.59.12Flawed democracyAfrica
29France7.89.587.57.785.638.53Flawed democracyEurope
30Israel7.799.177.58.897.55.88Flawed democracyAsia
31Belgium7.789.588.9356.888.53Flawed democracyEurope
32Taiwan7.739.588.216.115.639.12Flawed democracyAsia
33Italy7.719.586.077.786.888.24Flawed democracyEurope
34Czech Republic7.699.586.796.676.888.53Flawed democracyEurope
35Cyprus7.599.176.436.676.888.82Flawed democracyAsia
36Slovenia7.59.586.796.676.258.24Flawed democracyEurope
37Lithuania7.59.586.436.116.259.12Flawed democracyEurope
38Latvia7.389.586.075.566.888.82Flawed democracyEurope
39Greece7.299.585.366.116.888.53Flawed democracyEurope
40South Africa7.247.427.58.3357.94Flawed democracyAfrica
41India7.239.176.797.225.637.35Flawed democracyAsia
42Timor-Leste7.199.086.795.566.887.65Flawed democracyAsia
43Trinidad and Tobago7.169.587.146.115.637.35Flawed democracyNorth America
44Slovakia7.19.586.795.565.637.94Flawed democracyEurope
45Panama7.059.586.076.6757.94Flawed democracyNorth America
46Bulgaria7.039.176.437.224.387.94Flawed democracyEurope
47Argentina7.029.175.366.116.258.24Flawed democracySouth America
48Jamaica7.028.757.144.446.258.53Flawed democracyNorth America
49Suriname6.989.176.436.6757.65Flawed democracySouth America
50Brazil6.979.585.366.6758.24Flawed democracySouth America
51Colombia6.969.176.7955.638.24Flawed democracySouth America
52Malaysia6.887.757.866.676.255.88Flawed democracyAsia
53Philippines6.719.175.717.224.387.06Flawed democracyAsia
54Poland6.679.176.076.114.387.65Flawed democracyEurope
55Guyana6.679.175.716.1157.35Flawed democracySouth America
56Lesotho6.649.1756.675.636.76Flawed democracyAfrica
57Ghana6.638.335.716.676.256.18Flawed democracyAfrica
58Hungary6.638.756.0756.257.06Flawed democracyEurope
59Peru6.69.1755.565.637.65Flawed democracySouth America
60Croatia6.579.176.075.5657.06Flawed democracyEurope
61Dominican Republic6.549.175.366.1157.06Flawed democracyNorth America
62Mongolia6.59.175.715.5657.06Flawed democracyAsia
63Serbia6.418.255.366.1157.35Flawed democracyEurope
64Tunisia6.416.425.717.786.255.88Flawed democracyAfrica
65Indonesia6.396.927.146.675.635.59Flawed democracyAsia
66Singapore6.384.337.866.116.257.35Flawed democracyAsia
67Romania6.389.175.7154.387.65Flawed democracyEurope
68Ecuador6.278.755.366.114.386.76Flawed democracySouth America
69Namibia6.255.675.366.675.637.94Flawed democracyAfrica
70Paraguay6.248.755.7154.387.35Flawed democracySouth America
71Sri Lanka6.197.835.7156.256.18Flawed democracyAsia
72Mexico6.198.336.077.223.136.18Flawed democracyNorth America
73Hong Kong6.153.086.075.567.58.53Flawed democracyAsia
74Senegal6.157.56.074.446.256.47Flawed democracyAfrica
75Papua New Guinea6.036.926.073.895.637.65Flawed democracyOceania
76Albania5.9874.715.5657.65Hybrid regimeEurope
77El Salvador5.969.174.295.563.757.06Hybrid regimeNorth America
78North Macedonia5.876.55.366.673.757.06Hybrid regimeEurope
79Moldova5.857.084.646.114.387.06Hybrid regimeEurope
80Fiji5.856.585.366.115.635.59Hybrid regimeOceania
81Montenegro5.746.085.366.114.386.76Hybrid regimeEurope
82Benin5.746.55.7155.635.88Hybrid regimeAfrica
83Bolivia5.77.54.645.563.757.06Hybrid regimeSouth America
84Ukraine5.696.173.216.676.256.18Hybrid regimeEurope
85Honduras5.638.54.644.444.386.18Hybrid regimeNorth America
86Zambia5.616.174.643.896.886.47Hybrid regimeAfrica
87Guatemala5.67.925.363.894.386.47Hybrid regimeNorth America
88Bangladesh5.577.835.075.564.385Hybrid regimeAsia
89Georgia5.57.833.576.114.385.59Hybrid regimeEurope/Asia
90Malawi5.496.584.294.446.255.88Hybrid regimeAfrica
91Tanzania5.417555.634.41Hybrid regimeAfrica
92Mali5.417.423.933.895.636.18Hybrid regimeAfrica
93Liberia5.357.422.575.565.635.59Hybrid regimeAfrica
94Bhutan5.38.756.792.784.383.82Hybrid regimeAsia
95Madagascar5.226.083.576.115.634.71Hybrid regimeAfrica
96Uganda5.25.253.574.446.885.88Hybrid regimeAfrica
97Nepal5.184.335.3655.635.59Hybrid regimeAsia
98Kenya5.113.55.366.675.634.41Hybrid regimeAfrica
99Kyrgyzstan5.116.582.936.674.385Hybrid regimeAsia
100Morocco4.995.254.6455.634.41Hybrid regimeAfrica
101Bosnia and Herzegovina4.986.52.935.563.756.18Hybrid regimeEurope
102Haiti4.915.582.933.896.255.88Hybrid regimeNorth America
103Armenia4.795.674.645.562.55.59Hybrid regimeAsia
104Burkina Faso4.754.424.294.445.635Hybrid regimeAfrica
105Sierra Leone4.666.581.863.336.255.29Hybrid regimeAfrica
106Lebanon4.633.922.216.675.634.71Hybrid regimeAsia
107Thailand4.6334.29555.88Hybrid regimeAsia
108Nigeria4.446.084.643.333.754.41Hybrid regimeAfrica
109Palestine4.393.832.147.784.383.82Hybrid regimeAsia
110Turkey4.374.55552.35Hybrid regimeEurope/Asia
111Gambia4.314.484.293.335.633.82Hybrid regimeAfrica
112Pakistan4.176.085.362.222.54.71Hybrid regimeAsia
113Ivory Coast4.154.832.863.335.634.12Hybrid regimeAfrica
114Iraq4.064.750.076.6753.82Hybrid regimeAsia
115Jordan3.933.584.293.894.383.53AuthoritarianAsia
116Mozambique3.853.582.14553.53AuthoritarianAfrica
117Kuwait3.853.174.293.894.383.53AuthoritarianAsia
118Myanmar3.833.673.933.895.632.06AuthoritarianAsia
119Mauritania3.8233.5753.134.41AuthoritarianAfrica
120Niger3.765.251.143.334.384.71AuthoritarianAfrica
121Comoros3.714.332.214.443.753.82AuthoritarianAfrica
122Nicaragua3.632.671.863.895.634.12AuthoritarianNorth America
123Angola3.621.752.865.5652.94AuthoritarianAfrica
124Gabon3.612.582.214.4453.82AuthoritarianAfrica
125Cambodia3.591.3352.785.633.24AuthoritarianAsia
126Algeria3.52.582.213.8953.82AuthoritarianAfrica
127Egypt3.363.583.213.333.752.94AuthoritarianAfrica
128Ethiopia3.3503.575.5652.65AuthoritarianAfrica
129Rwanda3.351.6752.784.382.94AuthoritarianAfrica
130China3.32053.896.251.47AuthoritarianAsia
131Republic of the Congo3.313.172.53.893.753.24AuthoritarianAfrica
132Cameroon3.283.172.863.334.382.65AuthoritarianAfrica
133Qatar3.1904.292.225.633.82AuthoritarianAsia
134Zimbabwe3.160.524.445.633.24AuthoritarianAfrica
135Venezuela3.161.671.794.444.383.53AuthoritarianSouth America
136Guinea3.143.50.434.444.382.94AuthoritarianAfrica
137Belarus3.130.922.863.895.632.35AuthoritarianEurope
138Togo3.13.170.793.3353.24AuthoritarianAfrica
139Vietnam3.0803.213.895.632.65AuthoritarianAsia
140Oman3.0403.932.784.384.12AuthoritarianAsia
141Eswatini3.030.922.862.225.633.53AuthoritarianAfrica
142Cuba31.083.573.334.382.65AuthoritarianNorth America
143Afghanistan2.972.921.144.442.53.82AuthoritarianAsia
144Kazakhstan2.940.52.144.444.383.24AuthoritarianEurope/Asia
145Russia2.942.171.7952.53.24AuthoritarianEurope/Asia
146Djibouti2.870.421.793.895.632.65AuthoritarianAfrica
147United Arab Emirates2.7603.932.2252.65AuthoritarianAsia
148Bahrain2.710.833.212.784.382.35AuthoritarianAsia
149Azerbaijan2.650.52.143.333.753.53AuthoritarianEurope/Asia
150Iran2.4503.214.443.131.47AuthoritarianAsia
151Eritrea2.3702.141.676.881.18AuthoritarianAfrica
152Laos2.370.832.861.6751.47AuthoritarianAsia
153Burundi2.3300.433.8952.35AuthoritarianAfrica
154Libya2.1910.361.6752.94AuthoritarianAfrica
155Sudan2.1501.792.7851.18AuthoritarianAfrica
156Uzbekistan2.010.081.862.2250.88AuthoritarianAsia
157Guinea-Bissau1.981.6702.783.132.35AuthoritarianAfrica
158Yemen1.95003.8950.88AuthoritarianAsia
159Saudi Arabia1.9302.862.223.131.47AuthoritarianAsia
160Tajikistan1.930.080.791.676.250.88AuthoritarianAsia
161Equatorial Guinea1.9200.433.334.381.47AuthoritarianAfrica
162Turkmenistan1.7200.792.2250.59AuthoritarianAsia
163Chad1.61001.673.752.65AuthoritarianAfrica
164Central African Republic1.522.2501.111.882.35AuthoritarianAfrica
165Congo Dr1.490.50.712.223.130.88AuthoritarianAfrica
166Syria1.43002.784.380AuthoritarianAsia
167North Korea1.0802.51.671.250AuthoritarianAsia



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