Restriction of Economic Freedom (2005)
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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 higher levels of restriction.

Complete List

RankingRegionRate
19Australia/New Zealand 1.8
9Caribbean 3.1
13Central America 2.9
5Eastern Africa 3.4
14Eastern Asia 2.8
10Eastern Europe 3.0
7Melanesia 3.3
--Micronesia (Region) --
2Middle Africa 3.5
3Northern Africa 3.5
18Northern America 1.9
17Northern Europe 1.9
--Polynesia --
8South America 3.2
1South-Central Asia 3.8
6South-Eastern Asia 3.3
11Southern Africa 3.0
15Southern Europe 2.7
12The World 2.9
4Western Africa 3.4
11Western Asia 3.0
16Western Europe 2.0


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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