Economic Freedom, regulation of credit, labor, and business

scale 0-10, 1970–2015

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    1970 Ranking
    1. Canada 8.26
    2. Japan 7.53
    3. United Kingdom 7.41
    4. Hong Kong 7.16
    5. Finland 7.10
    6. Switzerland 7.07
    7. Luxembourg 6.90
    8. United States 6.84
    9. Kenya 6.82
    10. Malaysia 6.60
    11. Denmark 6.55
    12. New Zealand 6.50
    13. Norway 6.26
    14. Sweden 6.16
    15. South Africa 6.07
    16. France 5.95
    17. Netherlands 5.77
    18. India 5.73
    19. Pakistan 5.71
    20. Belgium 5.70
    21. Spain 5.69
    22. Germany 5.55
    23. Ireland 5.49
    24. Guatemala 5.41
    25. Australia 5.39
    26. Jordan 5.37
    27. Italy 5.33
    28. Argentina 5.31
    29. Venezuela 5.31
    30. Brazil 5.24
    31. Austria 5.16
    32. Singapore 5.14
    33. Thailand 5.09
    34. Tunisia 4.80
    35. Portugal 4.26
    36. Greece 4.25
    37. Congo (Kinshasa) 4.13
    38. Madagascar 4.07
    39. Tanzania 4.02
    40. Israel 3.87
    41. Taiwan 3.71
    42. Indonesia 3.31
    43. Burma (Myanmar) 3.30
    44. China 3.23
    45. Syria 3.10
    46. Romania 2.47
    2015 Ranking
    1. Hong Kong 9.49
    2. New Zealand 9.12
    3. Singapore 8.91
    4. Fiji 8.82
    5. United States 8.77
    6. Malaysia 8.72
    7. Ireland 8.66
    8. Switzerland 8.58
    9. Canada 8.55
    10. Denmark 8.49
    11. Australia 8.42
    12. Qatar 8.40
    13. Rwanda 8.37
    14. Lithuania 8.29
    15. United Kingdom 8.29
    16. Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.) 8.27
    17. Sweden 8.26
    18. Bahrain 8.24
    19. Netherlands 8.24
    20. Iceland 8.20
    21. Mauritius 8.19
    22. Estonia 8.19
    23. Bahamas 8.17
    24. Czech Republic 8.11
    25. Belgium 8.09
    26. Brunei 8.09
    27. Malta 8.07
    28. Georgia 8.05
    29. Cyprus 7.98
    30. Japan 7.97
    31. United Arab Emirates 7.97
    32. Latvia 7.95
    33. Jordan 7.92
    34. Germany 7.91
    35. Luxembourg 7.89
    36. Jamaica 7.89
    37. Uganda 7.89
    38. Belize 7.88
    39. Botswana 7.87
    40. Kazakhstan 7.83
    41. Norway 7.81
    42. Namibia 7.81
    43. Finland 7.77
    44. Hungary 7.76
    45. Romania 7.75
    46. Taiwan 7.68
    47. Poland 7.64
    48. Swaziland 7.63
    49. Bhutan 7.62
    50. Bulgaria 7.57
    51. Lesotho 7.50
    52. Italy 7.45
    53. Timor Leste 7.45
    54. Austria 7.44
    55. Philippines 7.43
    56. Israel 7.41
    57. Seychelles 7.40
    58. Armenia 7.39
    59. Peru 7.38
    60. France 7.38
    61. South Africa 7.37
    62. Kuwait 7.37
    63. Slovakia 7.36
    64. Nigeria 7.35
    65. Montenegro 7.32
    66. Kenya 7.29
    67. Spain 7.28
    68. Burundi 7.27
    69. Tanzania 7.26
    70. Croatia 7.25
    71. Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.24
    72. Cambodia 7.21
    73. Papua New Guinea 7.20
    74. Nicaragua 7.17
    75. South Korea 7.15
    76. Thailand 7.13
    77. Colombia 7.11
    78. Mongolia 7.08
    79. Mexico 7.07
    80. Albania 7.05
    81. Haiti 7.01
    82. Serbia 7.01
    83. Portugal 7.00
    84. Azerbaijan 6.99
    85. Chile 6.97
    86. Honduras 6.95
    87. Panama 6.95
    88. Suriname 6.89
    89. Moldova 6.86
    90. Ghana 6.85
    91. Niger 6.85
    92. Sri Lanka 6.83
    93. Slovenia 6.82
    94. Gambia 6.75
    95. Mali 6.75
    96. Bangladesh 6.75
    97. Guyana 6.73
    98. Kyrgyzstan 6.70
    99. Ivory Coast 6.69
    100. Cape Verde 6.68
    101. Vietnam 6.65
    102. Nepal 6.64
    103. Guatemala 6.64
    104. Benin 6.63
    105. Guinea 6.61
    106. Gabon 6.59
    107. Saudi Arabia 6.59
    108. Oman 6.58
    109. India 6.55
    110. Dominican Republic 6.54
    111. Burkina Faso 6.52
    112. Tajikistan 6.49
    113. Barbados 6.49
    114. Russia 6.49
    115. Costa Rica 6.47
    116. Uruguay 6.45
    117. Turkey 6.44
    118. Zambia 6.43
    119. Indonesia 6.40
    120. Greece 6.40
    121. Mauritania 6.38
    122. China 6.37
    123. Tunisia 6.37
    124. Guinea Bissau 6.33
    125. Laos 6.31
    126. Pakistan 6.31
    127. Cameroon 6.29
    128. Ukraine 6.29
    129. El Salvador 6.28
    130. Togo 6.22
    131. Morocco 6.08
    132. Angola 6.07
    133. Ethiopia 6.05
    134. Senegal 6.01
    135. Liberia 6.00
    136. Paraguay 5.96
    137. Madagascar 5.86
    138. Syria 5.75
    139. Malawi 5.75
    140. Congo (Kinshasa) 5.74
    141. Lebanon 5.72
    142. Burma (Myanmar) 5.61
    143. Ecuador 5.56
    144. Congo (Brazzaville) 5.54
    145. Argentina 5.51
    146. Yemen 5.37
    147. Central African Republic 5.26
    148. Algeria 5.24
    149. Mozambique 5.23
    150. Libya 5.11
    151. Iran 5.09
    152. Egypt 4.96
    153. Chad 4.91
    154. Bolivia 4.82
    155. Sierra Leone 4.66
    156. Zimbabwe 4.31
    157. Brazil 4.18
    158. Venezuela 2.36

    Governments not only use a number of tools to limit the right to exchange internationally, they may also develop onerous regulations that limit the right to exchange, gain credit, hire or work for whom you wish, or freely operate your business.

    Source: Fraser Institute