Political Rights Scale (2005)
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The following list ranks nations (population 200,000+) based on the extent of their rights and liberties as measured by the Political Rights Scale. A higher score indicates fewer political rights and freedoms with a range of 1 to 7.

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RankingNationPolitical Rights
3Afghanistan 5.0
5Albania 3.0
2Algeria 6.0
2Angola 6.0
6Argentina 2.0
3Armenia 5.0
7Australia 1.0
7Austria 1.0
2Azerbaijan 6.0
7Bahamas, The 1.0
3Bahrain 5.0
4Bangladesh 4.0
7Barbados 1.0
1Belarus 7.0
7Belgium 1.0
7Belize 1.0
6Benin 2.0
2Bhutan 6.0
5Bolivia 3.0
4Bosnia and Herzegovina 4.0
6Botswana 2.0
6Brazil 2.0
2Brunei 6.0
7Bulgaria 1.0
3Burkina Faso 5.0
1Burma (Myanmar) 7.0
3Burundi 5.0
2Cambodia 6.0
2Cameroon 6.0
7Canada 1.0
7Cape Verde 1.0
2Central African Republic 6.0
2Chad 6.0
7Chile 1.0
1China 7.0
4Colombia 4.0
4Comoros 4.0
2Congo, Democratic Republic of the 6.0
3Congo, Republic of the 5.0
7Costa Rica 1.0
2Cote d'Ivoire 6.0
6Croatia 2.0
1Cuba 7.0
7Cyprus 1.0
7Czech Republic 1.0
7Denmark 1.0
3Djibouti 5.0
6Dominican Republic 2.0
5Ecuador 3.0
2Egypt 6.0
6El Salvador 2.0
1Equatorial Guinea 7.0
1Eritrea 7.0
7Estonia 1.0
3Ethiopia 5.0
4Fiji 4.0
7Finland 1.0
7France 1.0
--French Guiana --
--French Polynesia --
3Gabon 5.0
4Gambia, The 4.0
5Georgia 3.0
7Germany 1.0
6Ghana 2.0
7Greece 1.0
--Guadeloupe --
4Guatemala 4.0
2Guinea 6.0
4Guinea-Bissau 4.0
6Guyana 2.0
1Haiti 7.0
5Honduras 3.0
--Hong Kong --
7Hungary 1.0
7Iceland 1.0
6India 2.0
5Indonesia 3.0
2Iran 6.0
1Iraq 7.0
7Ireland 1.0
7Israel 1.0
--Israeli Occupied Territories (Palestine) --
7Italy 1.0
6Jamaica 2.0
7Japan 1.0
3Jordan 5.0
2Kazakhstan 6.0
5Kenya 3.0
1Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of 7.0
7Korea, (South) Republic of 1.0
--Kosovo --
4Kuwait 4.0
2Kyrgyzstan 6.0
1Laos 7.0
7Latvia 1.0
2Lebanon 6.0
6Lesotho 2.0
3Liberia 5.0
1Libya 7.0
6Lithuania 2.0
7Luxembourg 1.0
--Macau --
5Macedonia 3.0
5Madagascar 3.0
4Malawi 4.0
4Malaysia 4.0
2Maldives 6.0
6Mali 2.0
7Malta 1.0
--Martinique --
2Mauritania 6.0
7Mauritius 1.0
6Mexico 2.0
5Moldova 3.0
6Mongolia 2.0
--Montenegro --
3Morocco 5.0
5Mozambique 3.0
6Namibia 2.0
3Nepal 5.0
7Netherlands 1.0
--New Caledonia --
7New Zealand 1.0
5Nicaragua 3.0
5Niger 3.0
4Nigeria 4.0
7Norway 1.0
2Oman 6.0
2Pakistan 6.0
7Panama 1.0
5Papua New Guinea 3.0
5Paraguay 3.0
6Peru 2.0
6Philippines 2.0
7Poland 1.0
7Portugal 1.0
--Puerto Rico --
2Qatar 6.0
--Reunion --
5Romania 3.0
2Russia 6.0
2Rwanda 6.0
1Saudi Arabia 7.0
6Senegal 2.0
--Serbia --
4Sierra Leone 4.0
3Singapore 5.0
7Slovakia 1.0
7Slovenia 1.0
5Solomon Islands 3.0
2Somalia 6.0
7South Africa 1.0
7Spain 1.0
5Sri Lanka 3.0
1Sudan 7.0
7Suriname 1.0
1Swaziland 7.0
7Sweden 1.0
7Switzerland 1.0
1Syria 7.0
6Taiwan 2.0
2Tajikistan 6.0
4Tanzania 4.0
6Thailand 2.0
5Timor-Leste 3.0
2Togo 6.0
5Trinidad and Tobago 3.0
2Tunisia 6.0
5Turkey 3.0
1Turkmenistan 7.0
3Uganda 5.0
4Ukraine 4.0
2United Arab Emirates 6.0
7United Kingdom 1.0
7United States (General) 1.0
7Uruguay 1.0
1Uzbekistan 7.0
6Vanuatu 2.0
5Venezuela 3.0
1Vietnam 7.0
--Western Sahara --
3Yemen 5.0
4Zambia 4.0
1Zimbabwe 7.0


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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