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Variables: 2009 Freedom of Expression and Belief score (0-16, lower is less freedom) (FHEXPBE)1

Civil Liberties: Freedom of Expression 0-16




Afghanistan South-Central Asia 5
Akrotiri Western Asia
Albania Southern Europe 13
Algeria Northern Africa 7
American Samoa Polynesia
Andorra Southern Europe 16
Angola Middle Africa 8
Anguilla Caribbean
Antarctica Antarctica
Antigua and Barbuda Caribbean 13
Argentina South America 14
Armenia Western Asia 8
Aruba Caribbean
Australia Australia/New Zealand 16
Austria Western Europe 16
Azerbaijan Western Asia 6
Bahamas, The Caribbean 16
Bahrain Western Asia 8
Bangladesh South-Central Asia 8
Barbados Caribbean 16
Belarus Eastern Europe 3
Belgium Western Europe 16
Belize Central America 15
Benin Western Africa 15
Bermuda Northern America
Bhutan South-Central Asia 8
Bolivia South America 14
Bosnia and Herzegovina Southern Europe 11
Botswana Southern Africa 14
Bougainville Melanesia
Brazil South America 15
British Indian Ocean Territory Eastern Africa
British Virgin Islands Caribbean
Brunei South-Eastern Asia 6
Bulgaria Eastern Europe 14
Burkina Faso Western Africa 13
Burma (Myanmar) South-Eastern Asia 2
Burundi Eastern Africa 8
Cambodia South-Eastern Asia 10
Cameroon Middle Africa 7
Canada Northern America 15
Cape Verde Western Africa 15
Caribbean Netherlands Caribbean
Cayman Islands Caribbean
Central African Republic Middle Africa 10
Chad Middle Africa 7
Channel Islands Northern Europe
Chile South America 16
China Eastern Asia 3
China-Tibet Eastern Asia 0
Christmas Island Australia/New Zealand
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Australia/New Zealand
Colombia South America 12
Comoros Eastern Africa 10
Congo, Democratic Republic of the Middle Africa 6
Congo, Republic of the Middle Africa 9
Cook Islands Polynesia
Costa Rica Central America 16
Cote d'Ivoire Western Africa 5
Croatia Southern Europe 14
Cuba Caribbean 2
Curacao Caribbean
Cyprus Western Asia 15
Czech Republic Eastern Europe 16
Denmark Northern Europe 16
Dhekelia Western Asia
Djibouti Eastern Africa 6
Dominica Caribbean 16
Dominican Republic Caribbean 15
Ecuador South America 14
Egypt Northern Africa 5
El Salvador Central America 15
Equatorial Guinea Middle Africa 4
Eritrea Eastern Africa 2
Estonia Northern Europe 16
Ethiopia Eastern Africa 7
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) South America
Faroe Islands Northern Europe
Fiji Melanesia 10
Finland Northern Europe 16
France Western Europe 16
French Guiana South America
French Polynesia Polynesia
Gabon Middle Africa 10
Gambia, The Western Africa 8
Georgia Western Asia 11
Germany Western Europe 15
Ghana Western Africa 14
Gibraltar Southern Europe
Greece Southern Europe 14
Greenland Northern America
Grenada Caribbean 15
Guadeloupe Caribbean
Guam Micronesia (region)
Guatemala Central America 12
Guernsey Northern Europe
Guinea Western Africa 8
Guinea-Bissau Western Africa 10
Guyana South America 15
Haiti Caribbean 10
Honduras Central America 12
Hong Kong Eastern Asia 14
Hungary Eastern Europe 16
Iceland Northern Europe 16
India South-Central Asia 13
Indonesia South-Eastern Asia 11
Iran South-Central Asia 4
Iraq Western Asia 5
Ireland Northern Europe 16
Isle of Man Northern Europe
Israel Western Asia 13
Italy Southern Europe 14
Jamaica Caribbean 15
Japan Eastern Asia 13
Jersey Northern Europe
Jordan Western Asia 7
Kazakhstan South-Central Asia 7
Kenya Eastern Africa 13
Kiribati Micronesia (region) 15
Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of Eastern Asia 0
Korea, (South) Republic of Eastern Asia 14
Kosovo Southern Europe 7
Kuwait Western Asia 9
Kyrgyzstan South-Central Asia 9
Laos South-Eastern Asia 4
Latvia Northern Europe 16
Lebanon Western Asia 12
Lesotho Southern Africa 14
Liberia Western Africa 11
Libya Northern Africa 1
Liechtenstein Western Europe 16
Lithuania Northern Europe 16
Luxembourg Western Europe 16
Macau Eastern Asia
Macedonia Southern Europe 11
Madagascar Eastern Africa 10
Malawi Eastern Africa 11
Malaysia South-Eastern Asia 9
Maldives South-Central Asia 8
Mali Western Africa 16
Malta Southern Europe 16
Marshall Islands Micronesia (region) 16
Martinique Caribbean
Mauritania Western Africa 9
Mauritius Eastern Africa 15
Mayotte Eastern Africa
Mexico Central America 14
Micronesia, Federated States of Micronesia (region) 16
Moldova Eastern Europe 10
Monaco Western Europe 15
Mongolia Eastern Asia 15
Montenegro Southern Europe 13
Montserrat Caribbean
Morocco Northern Africa 8
Mozambique Eastern Africa 12
Namibia Southern Africa 15
Nauru Micronesia (region) 15
Nepal South-Central Asia 10
Netherlands Western Europe 16
New Caledonia Melanesia
New Zealand Australia/New Zealand 16
Nicaragua Central America 12
Niger Western Africa 10
Nigeria Western Africa 10
Niue Polynesia
Norfolk Island Australia/New Zealand
Northern Cyprus Western Asia 14
Northern Mariana Islands Micronesia (region)
Norway Northern Europe 16
Occupied Palestinian Territories Western Asia 6
Oman Western Asia 6
Pakistan South-Central Asia 7
Palau Micronesia (region) 16
Panama Central America 15
Papua New Guinea Melanesia 12
Paraguay South America 12
Peru South America 15
Philippines South-Eastern Asia 14
Pitcairn Islands Polynesia
Poland Eastern Europe 16
Portugal Southern Europe 16
Puerto Rico Caribbean 16
Qatar Western Asia 8
Reunion Eastern Africa
Romania Eastern Europe 14
Russia Eastern Europe 8
Rwanda Eastern Africa 7
Saint Barthelemy Caribbean
Saint Helena Western Africa
Saint Kitts and Nevis Caribbean 15
Saint Lucia Caribbean 15
Saint Martin Caribbean
Saint Pierre and Miquelon Northern America
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Caribbean 15
Samoa Polynesia 14
San Marino Southern Europe 16
Sao Tome and Principe Middle Africa 15
Saudi Arabia Western Asia 4
Senegal Western Africa 14
Serbia Southern Europe 14
Seychelles Eastern Africa 11
Sierra Leone Western Africa 12
Singapore South-Eastern Asia 9
Sint Maarten Caribbean
Slovakia Eastern Europe 16
Slovenia Southern Europe 14
Solomon Islands Melanesia 13
Somalia Eastern Africa 2
Somaliland Eastern Africa 8
South Africa Southern Africa 15
South Sudan Eastern Africa
Spain Southern Europe 16
Spanish North Africa Northern Africa
Sri Lanka South-Central Asia 8
Sudan Northern Africa 4
Suriname South America 15
Svalbard Northern Europe
Swaziland Southern Africa 8
Sweden Northern Europe 16
Switzerland Western Europe 16
Syria Western Asia 2
Taiwan Eastern Asia 16
Tajikistan South-Central Asia 6
Tanzania Eastern Africa 11
Thailand South-Eastern Asia 9
Timor-Leste South-Eastern Asia 12
Togo Western Africa 8
Tokelau Polynesia
Tonga Polynesia 12
Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean 15
Tunisia Northern Africa 4
Turkey Western Asia 11
Turkmenistan South-Central Asia 2
Turks and Caicos Islands Caribbean
Tuvalu Polynesia 16
Uganda Eastern Africa 11
Ukraine Eastern Europe 13
United Arab Emirates Western Asia 8
United Kingdom Northern Europe 16
United States (General) Northern America 16
Uruguay South America 16
Uzbekistan South-Central Asia 1
Vanuatu Melanesia 16
Vatican City Southern Europe
Venezuela South America 9
Vietnam South-Eastern Asia 6
Virgin Islands (U.S.) Caribbean
Wallis and Futuna Polynesia
Western Sahara Northern Africa 3
Yemen Western Asia 7
Zambia Eastern Africa 11
Zimbabwe Eastern Africa 4


1 Freedom House is an independent non-governmental organization that offers measures of the extent to which governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, belief and respect for the rights of minorities and women are guaranteed. A dataset with these and the other international measures highlighted on the country pages can be downloaded from this website. Used with permission.

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