UK surprisingly low in freedom league table but  there are some other surprises too


The Freedom index is contained in a new book, Towards a Worldwide Index of Human Freedom, which examines the characteristics of “freedom” and how it can best be measured and compared between different nations.  “Our intention is to measure the degree to which people are free to enjoy classic civil liberties—freedom of speech, religion, individual economic choice, and association and assembly—in each country surveyed. We also look at indicators of crime and violence, freedom of movement, legal discrimination against homosexuals, and women’s freedoms,” said Fred McMahon,  a Research Chair in Economic Freedom (Fraser Institute) and editor of Towards a Worldwide Index of Human Freedom.  Although 18th  is not much to boast about the UK is ahead of, interalia, South Korea, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, France and  Italy.

1 New Zealand

2 Netherlands

3 Hong Kong

4 Australia

5 Canada

6 Ireland

7 United States of America

8 Denmark

9 Japan

10 Estonia

11 Switzerland

12 Norway

13 Finland

14 Austria

15 Luxembourg

16 Chile

17 Iceland

18 United Kingdom



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