1970 Ranking
    1. Hong Kong 8.34
    2. Luxembourg 8.01
    3. Canada 8.00
    4. United States 7.77
    5. Japan 7.68
    6. Belgium 7.44
    7. Switzerland 7.41
    8. Germany 7.40
    9. Denmark 7.39
    10. Venezuela 7.18
    11. Finland 7.12
    12. Singapore 7.08
    13. Netherlands 7.01
    14. Australia 6.93
    15. Mexico 6.78
    16. Ireland 6.75
    17. Guatemala 6.69
    18. New Zealand 6.62
    19. Austria 6.51
    20. France 6.51
    21. Greece 6.47
    22. Taiwan 6.40
    23. Italy 6.37
    24. Malaysia 6.25
    25. Thailand 6.20
    26. Norway 6.19
    27. Spain 6.12
    28. Iceland 5.95
    29. United Kingdom 5.94
    30. South Africa 5.91
    31. South Korea 5.84
    32. Iran 5.77
    33. Argentina 5.67
    34. Portugal 5.51
    35. Madagascar 5.43
    36. Sweden 5.31
    37. Philippines 5.30
    38. Brazil 5.28
    39. Kenya 5.11
    40. India 5.08
    41. Colombia 4.81
    42. Israel 4.79
    43. Morocco 4.74
    44. Peru 4.62
    45. Syria 4.61
    46. Pakistan 4.45
    47. Tunisia 4.44
    48. Tanzania 4.36
    49. Nigeria 4.28
    50. Indonesia 4.27
    51. Congo (Kinshasa) 4.26
    52. Ecuador 4.22
    53. Chile 3.58
    54. Turkey 3.52
    2015 Ranking
    1. Hong Kong 8.97
    2. Singapore 8.81
    3. New Zealand 8.48
    4. Switzerland 8.44
    5. Ireland 8.19
    6. United Kingdom 8.05
    7. Mauritius 8.04
    8. Georgia 8.01
    9. Australia 7.99
    10. Estonia 7.95
    11. Canada 7.94
    12. United States 7.94
    13. Lithuania 7.92
    14. Cyprus 7.79
    15. Chile 7.77
    16. Denmark 7.77
    17. Latvia 7.75
    18. Finland 7.75
    19. Netherlands 7.74
    20. Romania 7.72
    21. Malta 7.70
    22. Taiwan 7.70
    23. Guatemala 7.69
    24. Germany 7.69
    25. Norway 7.67
    26. Austria 7.66
    27. Sweden 7.65
    28. Luxembourg 7.63
    29. Armenia 7.60
    30. Panama 7.59
    31. Rwanda 7.57
    32. South Korea 7.54
    33. Albania 7.54
    34. Portugal 7.53
    35. Costa Rica 7.52
    36. Spain 7.51
    37. United Arab Emirates 7.50
    38. Israel 7.49
    39. Japan 7.47
    40. Jordan 7.47
    41. Philippines 7.47
    42. Czech Republic 7.46
    43. Belgium 7.44
    44. Peru 7.44
    45. Qatar 7.43
    46. Mongolia 7.43
    47. Seychelles 7.42
    48. Bulgaria 7.39
    49. Bahrain 7.38
    50. Botswana 7.37
    51. Poland 7.34
    52. France 7.33
    53. Slovakia 7.31
    54. Italy 7.30
    55. Hungary 7.30
    56. Honduras 7.30
    57. Bahamas 7.30
    58. Jamaica 7.30
    59. Nicaragua 7.28
    60. Uganda 7.25
    61. Gambia 7.24
    62. Iceland 7.23
    63. Dominican Republic 7.21
    64. Cambodia 7.21
    65. Malaysia 7.19
    66. Kazakhstan 7.18
    67. Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.) 7.17
    68. Uruguay 7.16
    69. El Salvador 7.13
    70. Kenya 7.11
    71. Bhutan 7.11
    72. Croatia 7.02
    73. Indonesia 7.00
    74. Slovenia 7.00
    75. Laos 6.98
    76. Mexico 6.95
    77. Tanzania 6.92
    78. Paraguay 6.91
    79. Lebanon 6.91
    80. Kyrgyzstan 6.89
    81. Turkey 6.82
    82. Liberia 6.80
    83. Tajikistan 6.80
    84. Swaziland 6.79
    85. Montenegro 6.77
    86. Brunei 6.76
    87. Namibia 6.76
    88. Zambia 6.75
    89. Serbia 6.75
    90. Thailand 6.75
    91. Fiji 6.68
    92. Suriname 6.67
    93. Cape Verde 6.66
    94. Sri Lanka 6.65
    95. India 6.63
    96. South Africa 6.63
    97. Oman 6.62
    98. Kuwait 6.62
    99. Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.61
    100. Russia 6.60
    101. Lesotho 6.58
    102. Moldova 6.56
    103. Ghana 6.53
    104. Haiti 6.53
    105. Belize 6.50
    106. Nepal 6.49
    107. Barbados 6.47
    108. Guyana 6.45
    109. Madagascar 6.44
    110. Papua New Guinea 6.42
    111. China 6.40
    112. Colombia 6.40
    113. Azerbaijan 6.38
    114. Nigeria 6.38
    115. Greece 6.36
    116. Bangladesh 6.32
    117. Tunisia 6.32
    118. Vietnam 6.30
    119. Morocco 6.29
    120. Timor Leste 6.29
    121. Saudi Arabia 6.24
    122. Yemen 6.17
    123. Senegal 6.16
    124. Burundi 6.08
    125. Bolivia 6.03
    126. Pakistan 5.93
    127. Cameroon 5.92
    128. Mali 5.90
    129. Ivory Coast 5.88
    130. Ecuador 5.88
    131. Burkina Faso 5.87
    132. Malawi 5.86
    133. Sierra Leone 5.78
    134. Benin 5.77
    135. Gabon 5.76
    136. Brazil 5.75
    137. Guinea 5.75
    138. Niger 5.74
    139. Egypt 5.73
    140. Togo 5.70
    141. Guinea Bissau 5.65
    142. Mozambique 5.62
    143. Zimbabwe 5.61
    144. Mauritania 5.56
    145. Ethiopia 5.53
    146. Congo (Kinshasa) 5.45
    147. Angola 5.40
    148. Ukraine 5.38
    149. Iran 5.31
    150. Chad 5.26
    151. Burma (Myanmar) 5.26
    152. Syria 5.22
    153. Libya 4.95
    154. Argentina 4.88
    155. Algeria 4.84
    156. Congo (Brazzaville) 4.81
    157. Central African Republic 4.62
    158. Venezuela 2.92

    Individuals have economic freedom when 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 their property as long as their actions do not violate the identical rights of others. Individuals are free to choose, trade, and cooperate with others, and compete as they see fit. Thus, in an economically free society, the primary role of government is to protect individuals and their property from aggression by others.

    Source: Fraser Institute