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Economic Freedom

scale 0-10, 1970-2016

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1970 Ranking
1.
Hong Kong
8.3
2.
Luxembourg
8
3.
Canada
8
4.
United States
7.8
5.
Japan
7.7
6.
Belgium
7.4
7.
Switzerland
7.4
8.
Germany
7.4
9.
Denmark
7.4
10.
Venezuela
7.2
11.
Finland
7.1
12.
Singapore
7.1
13.
Netherlands
7
14.
Australia
6.9
15.
Mexico
6.8
16.
Ireland
6.8
17.
Guatemala
6.7
18.
New Zealand
6.6
19.
Austria
6.5
France
6.5
21.
Greece
6.5
22.
Taiwan
6.4
23.
Italy
6.4
24.
Malaysia
6.3
25.
Thailand
6.2
26.
Norway
6.2
27.
Spain
6.1
28.
Iceland
6
29.
United Kingdom
5.9
30.
South Africa
5.9
31.
South Korea
5.8
32.
Iran
5.8
33.
Argentina
5.7
34.
Portugal
5.5
35.
Madagascar
5.4
36.
Sweden
5.3
37.
Philippines
5.3
38.
Brazil
5.3
39.
Kenya
5.1
40.
India
5.1
41.
Colombia
4.8
42.
Israel
4.8
43.
Morocco
4.7
44.
Peru
4.6
45.
Syria
4.6
46.
Pakistan
4.5
47.
Tunisia
4.4
48.
Tanzania
4.4
49.
Nigeria
4.3
50.
Indonesia
4.3
51.
Congo (Kinshasa)
4.3
52.
Ecuador
4.2
53.
Chile
3.6
54.
Turkey
3.5
2016 Ranking
1.
Hong Kong
9
2.
Singapore
8.8
3.
New Zealand
8.5
4.
Switzerland
8.4
5.
Ireland
8.1
6.
United States
8
7.
Georgia
8
8.
Mauritius
8
9.
United Kingdom
8
10.
Canada
8
Australia
8
12.
Taiwan
7.9
13.
Estonia
7.9
Lithuania
7.9
15.
Chile
7.8
16.
Denmark
7.8
17.
Malta
7.7
18.
Cyprus
7.7
Netherlands
7.7
20.
Romania
7.7
Germany
7.7
22.
Finland
7.7
23.
Guatemala
7.6
Latvia
7.6
25.
Norway
7.6
Luxembourg
7.6
27.
Austria
7.6
Panama
7.6
29.
Armenia
7.6
30.
Bahrain
7.6
Spain
7.6
Czech Republic
7.6
33.
Costa Rica
7.6
34.
Albania
7.5
35.
South Korea
7.5
36.
Portugal
7.5
37.
United Arab Emirates
7.5
38.
Israel
7.5
Qatar
7.5
40.
Rwanda
7.5
41.
Japan
7.5
42.
Jordan
7.5
43.
Sweden
7.4
44.
Peru
7.4
Botswana
7.4
46.
Bulgaria
7.4
Uganda
7.4
48.
Mongolia
7.4
49.
Bahamas
7.3
Gambia
7.3
Philippines
7.3
52.
Belgium
7.3
53.
Slovakia
7.3
54.
Poland
7.3
Italy
7.3
Nicaragua
7.3
57.
France
7.3
58.
Seychelles
7.2
59.
Iceland
7.2
Hungary
7.2
61.
Kenya
7.2
62.
Dominican Republic
7.2
Jamaica
7.2
64.
Cambodia
7.2
65.
Indonesia
7.2
Uruguay
7.2
67.
El Salvador
7.2
68.
Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.)
7.1
69.
Kazakhstan
7.1
70.
Honduras
7.1
71.
Slovenia
7.1
72.
Montenegro
7
73.
Bhutan
7
74.
Lebanon
7
75.
Croatia
7
76.
Paraguay
7
77.
Brunei
6.9
Kyrgyzstan
6.9
79.
Malaysia
6.9
Tanzania
6.9
81.
Laos
6.9
82.
Mexico
6.9
83.
Belize
6.9
84.
Thailand
6.9
Serbia
6.9
86.
Turkey
6.8
87.
Russia
6.8
88.
Fiji
6.8
89.
Oman
6.8
90.
Kuwait
6.8
91.
Trinidad and Tobago
6.7
92.
Tajikistan
6.7
93.
Cape Verde
6.7
94.
South Africa
6.7
95.
Moldova
6.6
96.
India
6.6
97.
Zambia
6.6
98.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
6.6
Ghana
6.6
100.
Liberia
6.6
101.
Timor Leste
6.6
102.
Nepal
6.5
103.
Saudi Arabia
6.5
104.
Haiti
6.5
105.
Colombia
6.5
106.
Azerbaijan
6.5
Sri Lanka
6.5
108.
Greece
6.5
China
6.5
Swaziland
6.5
111.
Barbados
6.4
112.
Vietnam
6.4
113.
Namibia
6.4
114.
Lesotho
6.4
115.
Morocco
6.4
116.
Suriname
6.4
117.
Yemen
6.3
118.
Nigeria
6.3
119.
Guyana
6.3
120.
Bangladesh
6.3
121.
Tunisia
6.3
122.
Papua New Guinea
6.3
123.
Belarus
6.2
Bolivia
6.2
125.
Senegal
6.2
126.
Madagascar
6.2
127.
Ecuador
6.1
Zimbabwe
6.1
129.
Burkina Faso
6.1
130.
Iran
6
131.
Niger
6
132.
Pakistan
6
Ivory Coast
6
134.
Benin
6
Ukraine
6
136.
Mauritania
6
137.
Guinea
5.9
138.
Burundi
5.9
139.
Malawi
5.9
140.
Gabon
5.8
141.
Cameroon
5.8
Togo
5.8
143.
Mali
5.8
144.
Brazil
5.8
Sierra Leone
5.8
146.
Ethiopia
5.7
147.
Egypt
5.7
148.
Congo (Kinshasa)
5.7
149.
Mozambique
5.5
150.
Chad
5.4
151.
Burma (Myanmar)
5.4
152.
Iraq
5.4
153.
Sudan
5.4
154.
Guinea Bissau
5.3
155.
Angola
5.2
156.
Central African Republic
5.1
157.
Congo (Brazzaville)
5
Syria
5
159.
Algeria
5
160.
Argentina
4.8
161.
Libya
4.7
162.
Venezuela
2.9

All regional values are calculated by Human Progress. For more details about the calculation process, see the About Page.