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 countries based on the amount of economic restrictions placed upon individuals. Higher values indicate lower levels of restriction. Only nations of 200,000+ population included.

Complete List

RankingNationValue
--Afghanistan --
41Albania 66.0
76Algeria 56.9
112Angola 48.4
101Argentina 51.2
32Armenia 69.2
3Australia 82.6
21Austria 71.6
70Azerbaijan 58.8
37Bahamas, The 67.3
12Bahrain 76.3
102Bangladesh 51.1
34Barbados 68.3
110Belarus 48.7
26Belgium 70.1
58Belize 61.5
85Benin 55.4
75Bhutan 57.0
107Bolivia 49.4
81Bosnia and Herzegovina 56.2
25Botswana 70.3
83Brazil 55.6
--Brunei --
55Bulgaria 62.3
65Burkina Faso 59.4
129Burma (Myanmar) 36.7
115Burundi 47.5
78Cambodia 56.6
98Cameroon 52.3
7Canada 80.4
57Cape Verde 61.8
112Central African Republic 48.4
115Chad 47.5
10Chile 77.2
103China 51.0
44Colombia 65.5
120Comoros 44.9
126Congo, Democratic Republic of the 41.4
123Congo, Republic of the 43.2
42Costa Rica 65.9
90Cote d'Ivoire 54.1
66Croatia 59.2
131Cuba 26.7
23Cyprus 70.9
28Czech Republic 69.8
9Denmark 77.9
103Djibouti 51.0
61Dominican Republic 60.3
108Ecuador 49.3
68Egypt 59.0
27El Salvador 69.9
111Equatorial Guinea 48.6
130Eritrea 35.3
15Estonia 74.7
101Ethiopia 51.2
61Fiji 60.3
16Finland 73.8
48France 64.2
--French Guiana --
--French Polynesia --
85Gabon 55.4
87Gambia, The 55.1
24Georgia 70.4
22Germany 71.1
62Ghana 60.2
54Greece 62.7
--Guadeloupe --
60Guatemala 61.0
100Guinea 51.8
121Guinea-Bissau 43.6
112Guyana 48.4
104Haiti 50.8
71Honduras 58.3
1Hong Kong 89.7
40Hungary 66.1
17Iceland 73.7
91India 53.8
84Indonesia 55.5
122Iran 43.4
--Iraq --
5Ireland 81.3
35Israel 67.7
--Israeli Occupied Territories (Palestine) --
54Italy 62.7
44Jamaica 65.5
18Japan 72.9
40Jordan 66.1
60Kazakhstan 61.0
73Kenya 57.5
133Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of 1.0
27Korea, (South) Republic of 69.9
--Kosovo --
35Kuwait 67.7
59Kyrgyzstan 61.3
102Laos 51.1
39Latvia 66.2
64Lebanon 59.5
113Lesotho 48.1
118Liberia 46.2
127Libya 40.2
25Lithuania 70.3
13Luxembourg 75.4
19Macau 72.5
43Macedonia 65.7
52Madagascar 63.2
90Malawi 54.1
45Malaysia 64.8
109Maldives 49.0
83Mali 55.6
38Malta 67.2
--Martinique --
99Mauritania 52.0
12Mauritius 76.3
--Mayotte --
34Mexico 68.3
92Moldova 53.7
63Mongolia 60.0
51Montenegro 63.6
66Morocco 59.2
82Mozambique 56.0
56Namibia 62.2
96Nepal 52.7
14Netherlands 75.0
--New Caledonia --
4New Zealand 82.1
71Nicaragua 58.3
95Niger 52.9
77Nigeria 56.8
31Norway 69.4
35Oman 67.7
86Pakistan 55.2
45Panama 64.8
93Papua New Guinea 53.5
59Paraguay 61.3
36Peru 67.6
80Philippines 56.3
52Poland 63.2
47Portugal 64.4
--Puerto Rico --
33Qatar 69.0
--Reunion --
48Romania 64.2
105Russia 50.3
67Rwanda 59.1
49Saudi Arabia 64.1
88Senegal 54.6
76Serbia 56.9
114Sierra Leone 47.9
2Singapore 86.1
29Slovakia 69.7
46Slovenia 64.7
124Solomon Islands 42.9
--Somalia --
53South Africa 62.8
30Spain 69.6
88Sri Lanka 54.6
--Sudan --
97Suriname 52.5
74Swaziland 57.4
20Sweden 72.4
6Switzerland 81.1
107Syria 49.4
24Taiwan 70.4
94Tajikistan 53.0
71Tanzania 58.3
49Thailand 64.1
119Timor-Leste 45.8
116Togo 47.1
43Trinidad and Tobago 65.7
69Tunisia 58.9
50Turkey 63.8
125Turkmenistan 42.5
56Uganda 62.2
117Ukraine 46.4
37United Arab Emirates 67.3
11United Kingdom 76.5
8United States (General) 78.0
28Uruguay 69.8
115Uzbekistan 47.5
79Vanuatu 56.4
128Venezuela 37.1
106Vietnam 49.8
--Western Sahara --
89Yemen 54.4
72Zambia 58.0
132Zimbabwe 21.4


Source

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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