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

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RankingNationIndex
--Afghanistan --
59Albania 2.9
32Algeria 3.5
--Angola --
32Argentina 3.5
75Armenia 2.6
102Australia 1.8
94Austria 2.1
38Azerbaijan 3.4
89Bahamas, The 2.3
93Bahrain 2.1
13Bangladesh 4.0
83Barbados 2.4
12Belarus 4.0
92Belgium 2.1
71Belize 2.7
25Benin 3.6
--Bhutan --
69Bolivia 2.7
48Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.2
79Botswana 2.4
45Brazil 3.3
--Brunei --
68Bulgaria 2.7
43Burkina Faso 3.3
2Burma (Myanmar) 4.6
--Burundi --
61Cambodia 2.9
26Cameroon 3.6
97Canada 1.9
62Cape Verde 2.8
31Central African Republic 3.5
38Chad 3.4
101Chile 1.8
33China 3.5
46Colombia 3.2
--Comoros --
--Congo, Democratic Republic of the --
18Congo, Republic of the 3.8
67Costa Rica 2.8
44Cote d'Ivoire 3.3
54Croatia 3.0
6Cuba 4.3
92Cyprus 2.1
82Czech Republic 2.4
103Denmark 1.8
41Djibouti 3.3
29Dominican Republic 3.5
32Ecuador 3.5
38Egypt 3.4
90El Salvador 2.2
30Equatorial Guinea 3.5
--Eritrea --
105Estonia 1.7
20Ethiopia 3.7
43Fiji 3.3
98Finland 1.9
73France 2.6
--French Guiana --
--French Polynesia --
37Gabon 3.4
37Gambia, The 3.4
40Georgia 3.3
95Germany 2.0
41Ghana 3.3
64Greece 2.8
--Guadeloupe --
47Guatemala 3.2
43Guinea 3.3
16Guinea-Bissau 3.9
51Guyana 3.1
10Haiti 4.0
35Honduras 3.4
108Hong Kong 1.4
81Hungary 2.4
103Iceland 1.8
30India 3.5
29Indonesia 3.5
7Iran 4.2
--Iraq --
104Ireland 1.7
82Israel 2.4
--Israeli Occupied Territories (Palestine) --
88Italy 2.3
63Jamaica 2.8
78Japan 2.5
65Jordan 2.8
23Kazakhstan 3.7
43Kenya 3.3
1Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of 5.0
72Korea, (South) Republic of 2.6
--Kosovo --
67Kuwait 2.8
42Kyrgyzstan 3.3
5Laos 4.3
86Latvia 2.3
53Lebanon 3.1
39Lesotho 3.4
--Liberia --
3Libya 4.4
91Lithuania 2.2
106Luxembourg 1.6
--Macau --
58Macedonia 3.0
70Madagascar 2.7
24Malawi 3.7
57Malaysia 3.0
--Maldives --
47Mali 3.2
85Malta 2.3
--Martinique --
59Mauritania 2.9
60Mauritius 2.9
61Mexico 2.9
52Moldova 3.1
69Mongolia 2.7
--Montenegro --
47Morocco 3.2
40Mozambique 3.3
50Namibia 3.1
26Nepal 3.6
96Netherlands 2.0
--New Caledonia --
104New Zealand 1.7
60Nicaragua 2.9
30Niger 3.5
13Nigeria 4.0
85Norway 2.3
63Oman 2.8
20Pakistan 3.7
68Panama 2.7
--Papua New Guinea --
34Paraguay 3.5
66Peru 2.8
45Philippines 3.3
76Poland 2.5
79Portugal 2.4
--Puerto Rico --
50Qatar 3.1
--Reunion --
27Romania 3.6
28Russia 3.6
29Rwanda 3.5
55Saudi Arabia 3.0
55Senegal 3.0
--Serbia --
19Sierra Leone 3.8
107Singapore 1.6
80Slovakia 2.4
72Slovenia 2.6
--Solomon Islands --
--Somalia --
66South Africa 2.8
84Spain 2.3
51Sri Lanka 3.1
--Sudan --
14Suriname 3.9
52Swaziland 3.1
99Sweden 1.9
100Switzerland 1.9
15Syria 3.9
87Taiwan 2.3
11Tajikistan 4.0
36Tanzania 3.4
56Thailand 3.0
--Timor-Leste --
22Togo 3.7
77Trinidad and Tobago 2.5
49Tunisia 3.1
33Turkey 3.5
4Turkmenistan 4.4
54Uganda 3.0
46Ukraine 3.2
70United Arab Emirates 2.7
--United Kingdom --
100United States (General) 1.9
74Uruguay 2.6
8Uzbekistan 4.1
--Vanuatu --
9Venezuela 4.1
17Vietnam 3.8
--Western Sahara --
21Yemen 3.7
37Zambia 3.4
4Zimbabwe 4.4


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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