2014 State of World Liberty Index

by Patrick Rhamey

The State of World Liberty Index was a combination of indices compiled originally in 2006.  Since then, I've periodically updated the index.  My methodology is similar to the original with the following exceptions: I use only the civil liberties portion of the Freedom House, economic liberty (Fraser/Heritage) is weighted evenly with social liberty, and the Reporters without Borders Press Freedom Scores are of equal weight to each of the Freedom House Civil Liberties sub-components.  All changes are done with the purpose of creating the most accurate relative ranking of countries by the degree of liberty (economic and social) enjoyed by the average individual within the polity.  Where data is available, territories or colonies (e.g. Hong Kong) are included.   

2014 Rankings

2014 Freedom by Quintile.  Colors represent countries grouped by quintiles in order of Blue (top 20%), Green (20-40%), Yellow (40-60%), Orange (60-80%), and Red (80-100%).

2014 Changes in Freedom.  Blue is an increase in rank >17 and Green >8.  Orange is a fall in rank of >8 and Red >17.

2014 Most Free Countries:

1.  Liechtenstein
1.  Bahamas
3.  Hong Kong
4.  Dominica
4.  Barbados
6.  St. Lucia
6.  New Zealand
8.  Switzerland
8.  Australia
10.  Canada
10.  St. Vincent and the Grenadines

2014 Most Tyrannical States:

1.  Somalia
1.  North Korea
3.  Central African Republic
4.  Syria
5.  Zimbabwe
6.  Democratic Republic of Congo
6.  Myanmar
8.  Venezuela
9.  Uzbekistan
9.  Cuba
9.  Eritrea

2014 Greatest Increases in Liberty:

1.  Djibouti
2.  Tunisia
3.  St. Vincent and the Grenadines
4.  Rwanda
5.  Sri Lanka
6.  Dominica
6.  Barbados
6.  Kiribati
9.  Sao Tome y Principe
9.  Turkey

2014 Greatest Increases in Tyranny:

1.  Central African Republic
2.  Papua New Guinea
3.  Cape Verde
4.  Tajikistan
5.  Kuwait
5.  Namibia
7.  Niger
7.  Kenya
7.  Moldova
7.  Ghana

Colored maps modified from images at http://www.outline-world-map.com/.