Restriction of Economic Freedom (2010)
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The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal Index of Economic Freedom uses a set of objective economic criteria to study and grade various countries for the annual publication of the Index of Economic Freedom. The following list ranks regions based on the amount of economic restrictions placed upon individuals. Higher values indicate lower levels of restriction.

Complete List

1Australia/New Zealand 82.4
--Caribbean --
6Central America 63.5
17Eastern Africa 52.7
8Eastern Asia 60.9
10Eastern Europe 59.4
16Melanesia 53.3
--Micronesia (Region) --
19Middle Africa 48.2
14Northern Africa 54.8
2Northern America 79.2
3Northern Europe 73.6
--Polynesia --
12South America 57.1
18South-Central Asia 52.5
13South-Eastern Asia 56.7
9Southern Africa 60.2
7Southern Europe 63.2
11The World 59.4
15Western Africa 53.4
5Western Asia 65.1
4Western Europe 72.6


The data presented in QuickLists are from a variety of sources including the U.S. Census Bureau's International Data Base, the U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom Report, the United Nations Human Development Reports, and others.

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