Economic Freedom, legal structure and security of property rights

scale 0-10, 1970–2015

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    1970 Ranking
    1. Germany 8.35
    2. Luxembourg 8.35
    3. Canada 8.35
    4. United States 8.35
    5. Ireland 8.35
    6. Denmark 8.24
    7. Australia 8.03
    8. United Kingdom 8.03
    9. Japan 8.03
    10. New Zealand 8.03
    11. Netherlands 7.88
    12. Norway 7.72
    13. Singapore 7.72
    14. Hong Kong 7.72
    15. Taiwan 7.58
    16. Iceland 7.09
    17. Finland 7.09
    18. France 7.00
    19. Belgium 6.49
    20. Switzerland 6.49
    21. Sweden 6.47
    22. Israel 6.35
    23. Thailand 5.84
    24. Italy 5.81
    25. Greece 5.53
    26. Portugal 5.52
    27. Malaysia 5.19
    28. South Korea 5.19
    29. Brazil 4.79
    30. Mexico 4.69
    31. Kenya 4.69
    32. Venezuela 4.38
    33. Spain 4.34
    34. Philippines 4.17
    35. Turkey 3.89
    36. South Africa 3.70
    37. Iran 3.65
    38. India 3.62
    39. Argentina 3.55
    40. Tunisia 3.13
    41. Nigeria 3.01
    42. Indonesia 2.92
    43. Algeria 2.82
    44. Morocco 2.71
    45. Ecuador 2.66
    46. Colombia 2.66
    47. Pakistan 1.95
    48. Peru 1.13
    49. Egypt 1.02
    50. Chile 1.02
    2015 Ranking
    1. Finland 8.88
    2. Norway 8.83
    3. New Zealand 8.74
    4. Switzerland 8.58
    5. Iceland 8.45
    6. Luxembourg 8.36
    7. Sweden 8.35
    8. Singapore 8.29
    9. Denmark 8.25
    10. Netherlands 8.21
    11. Hong Kong 8.08
    12. Austria 8.02
    13. Ireland 8.00
    14. Australia 7.99
    15. United Kingdom 7.92
    16. Canada 7.85
    17. Japan 7.60
    18. Estonia 7.51
    19. Germany 7.45
    20. Rwanda 7.32
    21. Belgium 7.25
    22. United States 7.23
    23. France 7.07
    24. Portugal 6.95
    25. Bhutan 6.86
    26. Bahamas 6.80
    27. Spain 6.80
    28. Taiwan 6.78
    29. Malta 6.59
    30. Georgia 6.57
    31. Lithuania 6.53
    32. Namibia 6.51
    33. Mauritius 6.47
    34. Chile 6.45
    35. South Korea 6.45
    36. Latvia 6.40
    37. Slovenia 6.32
    38. Qatar 6.30
    39. Czech Republic 6.24
    40. Botswana 6.16
    41. Israel 6.13
    42. Fiji 6.12
    43. Cape Verde 6.08
    44. Hungary 6.04
    45. Oman 6.01
    46. Greece 5.98
    47. Laos 5.98
    48. United Arab Emirates 5.98
    49. Romania 5.95
    50. Cyprus 5.84
    51. Poland 5.79
    52. Armenia 5.78
    53. Costa Rica 5.77
    54. Malaysia 5.76
    55. Barbados 5.76
    56. Lesotho 5.76
    57. South Africa 5.76
    58. Croatia 5.69
    59. Tanzania 5.68
    60. Italy 5.66
    61. Mongolia 5.65
    62. Slovakia 5.64
    63. China 5.63
    64. Kazakhstan 5.61
    65. Morocco 5.57
    66. Zambia 5.57
    67. Seychelles 5.52
    68. Uruguay 5.50
    69. Ghana 5.44
    70. Panama 5.43
    71. Azerbaijan 5.32
    72. Saudi Arabia 5.29
    73. Sri Lanka 5.28
    74. Tunisia 5.28
    75. Bahrain 5.27
    76. Gambia 5.26
    77. Brunei 5.24
    78. Jamaica 5.16
    79. Tajikistan 5.14
    80. India 5.10
    81. Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.) 5.07
    82. Vietnam 5.02
    83. Albania 5.00
    84. Kuwait 4.99
    85. Uganda 4.89
    86. Serbia 4.89
    87. Bulgaria 4.88
    88. Russia 4.85
    89. Montenegro 4.83
    90. Peru 4.80
    91. Thailand 4.77
    92. Jordan 4.76
    93. Kenya 4.75
    94. Turkey 4.74
    95. Liberia 4.68
    96. Malawi 4.62
    97. Ethiopia 4.61
    98. Ivory Coast 4.56
    99. Algeria 4.55
    100. Iran 4.54
    101. Indonesia 4.52
    102. Suriname 4.51
    103. Nepal 4.50
    104. Guatemala 4.48
    105. Brazil 4.45
    106. Nicaragua 4.45
    107. Philippines 4.43
    108. Syria 4.36
    109. Guyana 4.35
    110. Cambodia 4.35
    111. Belize 4.32
    112. Ukraine 4.32
    113. Moldova 4.25
    114. Senegal 4.24
    115. Bosnia and Herzegovina 4.24
    116. Mexico 4.22
    117. Kyrgyzstan 4.20
    118. Papua New Guinea 4.16
    119. Swaziland 4.11
    120. Dominican Republic 4.07
    121. Lebanon 4.05
    122. Honduras 3.99
    123. Mozambique 3.97
    124. Sierra Leone 3.97
    125. Gabon 3.90
    126. Ecuador 3.89
    127. Paraguay 3.87
    128. Guinea Bissau 3.86
    129. Argentina 3.82
    130. Zimbabwe 3.82
    131. Colombia 3.79
    132. El Salvador 3.70
    133. Togo 3.69
    134. Mali 3.63
    135. Nigeria 3.61
    136. Burkina Faso 3.60
    137. Benin 3.58
    138. Bolivia 3.58
    139. Timor Leste 3.54
    140. Egypt 3.48
    141. Burma (Myanmar) 3.42
    142. Niger 3.41
    143. Congo (Brazzaville) 3.41
    144. Pakistan 3.30
    145. Mauritania 3.28
    146. Cameroon 3.26
    147. Libya 3.21
    148. Burundi 3.09
    149. Bangladesh 3.02
    150. Yemen 3.02
    151. Guinea 2.98
    152. Angola 2.96
    153. Madagascar 2.88
    154. Chad 2.77
    155. Congo (Kinshasa) 2.65
    156. Haiti 2.48
    157. Venezuela 2.05
    158. Central African Republic 1.85

    Individuals have economic freedom when the property they acquire without the use of force, fraud, or theft is protected from physical invasions by others, and they are free to use, exchange, or give away their property as long as their actions do not violate the identical rights of others. An index of economic freedom should measure the extent to which rightly acquired property is protected and individuals are engaged in voluntary transactions.

    Source: Fraser Institute