Political rights

scale 1 (free) to 7 (unfree), 1972–2016

Info Edit
    1972 Ranking
    1. Rwanda 7.00
    2. Somalia 7.00
    3. Bulgaria 7.00
    4. Ecuador 7.00
    5. Burundi 7.00
    6. Central African Republic 7.00
    7. East Germany 7.00
    8. China 7.00
    9. North Korea 7.00
    10. Congo (Brazzaville) 7.00
    11. Burma (Myanmar) 7.00
    12. Congo (Kinshasa) 7.00
    13. Oman 7.00
    14. Panama 7.00
    15. Cuba 7.00
    16. Peru 7.00
    17. Czechoslovakia 7.00
    18. Lesotho 7.00
    19. Romania 7.00
    20. Guinea 7.00
    21. Syria 7.00
    22. Haiti 7.00
    23. Mongolia 7.00
    24. Libya 7.00
    25. Albania 7.00
    26. South Yemen 7.00
    27. Malawi 7.00
    28. Mali 7.00
    29. North Vietnam 7.00
    30. Iraq 7.00
    31. Uganda 7.00
    32. United Arab Emirates 7.00
    33. Togo 7.00
    34. Benin 7.00
    35. Honduras 7.00
    36. Thailand 7.00
    37. Liberia 6.00
    38. Equatorial Guinea 6.00
    39. Poland 6.00
    40. Jordan 6.00
    41. Hungary 6.00
    42. Nigeria 6.00
    43. Gabon 6.00
    44. Nepal 6.00
    45. Greece 6.00
    46. Mauritania 6.00
    47. Ghana 6.00
    48. Namibia 6.00
    49. Niger 6.00
    50. Egypt 6.00
    51. Zimbabwe 6.00
    52. Qatar 6.00
    53. Sudan 6.00
    54. Algeria 6.00
    55. Yugoslavia 6.00
    56. Argentina 6.00
    57. Soviet Union 6.00
    58. Bahrain 6.00
    59. Tunisia 6.00
    60. Tanzania 6.00
    61. Brunei 6.00
    62. Cambodia 6.00
    63. Cameroon 6.00
    64. Taiwan 6.00
    65. Chad 6.00
    66. Saudi Arabia 6.00
    67. Ivory Coast 6.00
    68. Senegal 6.00
    69. Indonesia 5.00
    70. Zambia 5.00
    71. Kenya 5.00
    72. Madagascar 5.00
    73. Ethiopia 5.00
    74. Mexico 5.00
    75. Spain 5.00
    76. Iran 5.00
    77. Morocco 5.00
    78. Portugal 5.00
    79. South Korea 5.00
    80. Singapore 5.00
    81. Brazil 5.00
    82. Laos 5.00
    83. Bolivia 5.00
    84. Monaco 4.00
    85. Sierra Leone 4.00
    86. South Vietnam 4.00
    87. Paraguay 4.00
    88. Philippines 4.00
    89. Nicaragua 4.00
    90. Tonga 4.00
    91. Liechtenstein 4.00
    92. Swaziland 4.00
    93. Samoa 4.00
    94. North Yemen 4.00
    95. Afghanistan 4.00
    96. Andorra 4.00
    97. Kuwait 4.00
    98. Bhutan 4.00
    99. Burkina Faso 3.00
    100. Botswana 3.00
    101. Turkey 3.00
    102. Mauritius 3.00
    103. Maldives 3.00
    104. Uruguay 3.00
    105. Pakistan 3.00
    106. Dominican Republic 3.00
    107. Gambia 2.00
    108. Cyprus 2.00
    109. South Africa 2.00
    110. Colombia 2.00
    111. Sri Lanka 2.00
    112. Guatemala 2.00
    113. San Marino 2.00
    114. Nauru 2.00
    115. Guyana 2.00
    116. El Salvador 2.00
    117. Lebanon 2.00
    118. India 2.00
    119. Fiji 2.00
    120. Bangladesh 2.00
    121. Luxembourg 2.00
    122. Venezuela 2.00
    123. Japan 2.00
    124. Malaysia 2.00
    125. Finland 2.00
    126. Israel 2.00
    127. Canada 1.00
    128. Chile 1.00
    129. Switzerland 1.00
    130. United States 1.00
    131. Costa Rica 1.00
    132. Barbados 1.00
    133. Sweden 1.00
    134. Belgium 1.00
    135. Austria 1.00
    136. Australia 1.00
    137. United Kingdom 1.00
    138. Denmark 1.00
    139. Iceland 1.00
    140. Norway 1.00
    141. Netherlands 1.00
    142. New Zealand 1.00
    143. West Germany 1.00
    144. Italy 1.00
    145. Malta 1.00
    146. Jamaica 1.00
    147. Ireland 1.00
    148. France 1.00
    149. Azerbaijan 0.00
    150. Angola 0.00
    151. Timor Leste 0.00
    152. Belize 0.00
    153. Moldova 0.00
    154. Kyrgyzstan 0.00
    155. Belarus 0.00
    156. Micronesia 0.00
    157. Turkmenistan 0.00
    158. Tuvalu 0.00
    159. Armenia 0.00
    160. Vietnam 0.00
    161. Ukraine 0.00
    162. Marshall Islands 0.00
    163. Kosovo 0.00
    164. Yemen 0.00
    165. Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.00
    166. Bahamas 0.00
    167. Uzbekistan 0.00
    168. Vanuatu 0.00
    169. Kiribati 0.00
    170. Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.) 0.00
    171. Kazakhstan 0.00
    172. Estonia 0.00
    173. Tajikistan 0.00
    174. Croatia 0.00
    175. Papua New Guinea 0.00
    176. Dominica 0.00
    177. Russia 0.00
    178. Djibouti 0.00
    179. Saint Kitts and Nevis 0.00
    180. Saint Lucia 0.00
    181. Latvia 0.00
    182. Palau 0.00
    183. Czech Republic 0.00
    184. Serbia 0.00
    185. Seychelles 0.00
    186. Georgia 0.00
    187. Montenegro 0.00
    188. Slovakia 0.00
    189. Slovenia 0.00
    190. Solomon Islands 0.00
    191. Comoros 0.00
    192. Germany 0.00
    193. South Sudan 0.00
    194. Grenada 0.00
    195. Cape Verde 0.00
    196. Suriname 0.00
    197. Guinea Bissau 0.00
    198. Mozambique 0.00
    199. Eritrea 0.00
    200. Lithuania 0.00
    2016 Ranking
    1. North Korea 7.00
    2. China 7.00
    3. Central African Republic 7.00
    4. Congo (Brazzaville) 7.00
    5. Congo (Kinshasa) 7.00
    6. Cuba 7.00
    7. Burundi 7.00
    8. Libya 7.00
    9. Russia 7.00
    10. Laos 7.00
    11. Saudi Arabia 7.00
    12. Somalia 7.00
    13. South Sudan 7.00
    14. Sudan 7.00
    15. Swaziland 7.00
    16. Syria 7.00
    17. Tajikistan 7.00
    18. Belarus 7.00
    19. Ethiopia 7.00
    20. Yemen 7.00
    21. Vietnam 7.00
    22. Eritrea 7.00
    23. Uzbekistan 7.00
    24. Equatorial Guinea 7.00
    25. Azerbaijan 7.00
    26. Bahrain 7.00
    27. Turkmenistan 7.00
    28. Kazakhstan 7.00
    29. Chad 7.00
    30. Djibouti 6.00
    31. Egypt 6.00
    32. Mauritania 6.00
    33. Iran 6.00
    34. Afghanistan 6.00
    35. Gabon 6.00
    36. Brunei 6.00
    37. Algeria 6.00
    38. Angola 6.00
    39. Venezuela 6.00
    40. United Arab Emirates 6.00
    41. Uganda 6.00
    42. Thailand 6.00
    43. Rwanda 6.00
    44. Qatar 6.00
    45. Cameroon 6.00
    46. Cambodia 6.00
    47. Gambia 6.00
    48. Oman 6.00
    49. Guinea 5.00
    50. Guinea Bissau 5.00
    51. Haiti 5.00
    52. Morocco 5.00
    53. Iraq 5.00
    54. Lebanon 5.00
    55. Mali 5.00
    56. Jordan 5.00
    57. Maldives 5.00
    58. Kuwait 5.00
    59. Burma (Myanmar) 5.00
    60. Kyrgyzstan 5.00
    61. Nicaragua 5.00
    62. Zimbabwe 5.00
    63. Armenia 5.00
    64. Ivory Coast 4.00
    65. Togo 4.00
    66. Kenya 4.00
    67. Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.) 4.00
    68. Niger 4.00
    69. Bangladesh 4.00
    70. Turkey 4.00
    71. Pakistan 4.00
    72. Honduras 4.00
    73. Bosnia and Herzegovina 4.00
    74. Burkina Faso 4.00
    75. Guatemala 4.00
    76. Singapore 4.00
    77. Malaysia 4.00
    78. Zambia 4.00
    79. Mozambique 4.00
    80. Tanzania 3.00
    81. Montenegro 3.00
    82. Sierra Leone 3.00
    83. Mexico 3.00
    84. Malawi 3.00
    85. Moldova 3.00
    86. Monaco 3.00
    87. Sri Lanka 3.00
    88. Comoros 3.00
    89. Colombia 3.00
    90. Nepal 3.00
    91. Bhutan 3.00
    92. Nigeria 3.00
    93. Bolivia 3.00
    94. Papua New Guinea 3.00
    95. Paraguay 3.00
    96. Philippines 3.00
    97. Solomon Islands 3.00
    98. Botswana 3.00
    99. Serbia 3.00
    100. Madagascar 3.00
    101. Georgia 3.00
    102. Seychelles 3.00
    103. Albania 3.00
    104. Ukraine 3.00
    105. Hungary 3.00
    106. Ecuador 3.00
    107. Dominican Republic 3.00
    108. Fiji 3.00
    109. Kosovo 3.00
    110. Liberia 3.00
    111. Timor Leste 3.00
    112. Lesotho 3.00
    113. Peru 2.00
    114. South Korea 2.00
    115. India 2.00
    116. Senegal 2.00
    117. South Africa 2.00
    118. Panama 2.00
    119. Samoa 2.00
    120. Brazil 2.00
    121. Argentina 2.00
    122. Guyana 2.00
    123. Greece 2.00
    124. Vanuatu 2.00
    125. Romania 2.00
    126. Bulgaria 2.00
    127. Indonesia 2.00
    128. El Salvador 2.00
    129. Liechtenstein 2.00
    130. Suriname 2.00
    131. Nauru 2.00
    132. Namibia 2.00
    133. Tonga 2.00
    134. Jamaica 2.00
    135. Benin 2.00
    136. United States 1.00
    137. Belize 1.00
    138. Andorra 1.00
    139. Belgium 1.00
    140. Taiwan 1.00
    141. Slovakia 1.00
    142. Slovenia 1.00
    143. Australia 1.00
    144. Switzerland 1.00
    145. Tunisia 1.00
    146. Sweden 1.00
    147. Spain 1.00
    148. Tuvalu 1.00
    149. Bahamas 1.00
    150. Uruguay 1.00
    151. Austria 1.00
    152. United Kingdom 1.00
    153. Barbados 1.00
    154. Canada 1.00
    155. San Marino 1.00
    156. Italy 1.00
    157. Latvia 1.00
    158. Saint Lucia 1.00
    159. Denmark 1.00
    160. Dominica 1.00
    161. Kiribati 1.00
    162. Japan 1.00
    163. Israel 1.00
    164. Cyprus 1.00
    165. Ireland 1.00
    166. Estonia 1.00
    167. Iceland 1.00
    168. Finland 1.00
    169. France 1.00
    170. Grenada 1.00
    171. Ghana 1.00
    172. Czech Republic 1.00
    173. Lithuania 1.00
    174. Luxembourg 1.00
    175. Chile 1.00
    176. Saint Kitts and Nevis 1.00
    177. Portugal 1.00
    178. Poland 1.00
    179. Palau 1.00
    180. Croatia 1.00
    181. Norway 1.00
    182. Cape Verde 1.00
    183. Germany 1.00
    184. New Zealand 1.00
    185. Costa Rica 1.00
    186. Netherlands 1.00
    187. Marshall Islands 1.00
    188. Malta 1.00
    189. Mauritius 1.00
    190. Micronesia 1.00
    191. Mongolia 1.00
    192. Soviet Union 0.00
    193. North Vietnam 0.00
    194. South Vietnam 0.00
    195. West Germany 0.00
    196. North Yemen 0.00
    197. South Yemen 0.00
    198. Yugoslavia 0.00
    199. East Germany 0.00
    200. Czechoslovakia 0.00

    Political rights enable people to participate in the political process, including the right to vote freely for distinct alternatives in legitimate elections, compete for public office, join political parties and organizations, and elect representatives who have a decisive impact on public policies and are accountable to the electorate. Political rights are measured on a one-to-seven scale, with one representing the highest degree of freedom and seven the lowest.

    Source: Freedom House, Freedom in the World Country Ratings