The State of World Democracy in January 2014
We present our fifteenth annual survey of democracy, where we
review those 150 of the world’s nations with a minimum one million
population, by the criteria of Human Rights, Political Rights, Freedom
of the Media and [Absence] of Corruption. We are indebted to Freedom
House and Transparency International for the use of their data, as we
have been each year throughout the millennium.
Nations are shown in four divisions, determined by their Human Rights
and Political Rights records. Within each of those divisions their
ranking is the result of Media freedom scores and those of Corruption –
its absence or otherwise.
We give league tables to measure each of these, and the final democratic
The methodology used is described in the sidebar
notes of the Democracy table.
Neither the US nor the UK make the top ten –although close.
Consistently, as in every annual report we have
done, the Scandinavian nations come top. This year Denmark & Sweden
share the no 1 position; Finland is no.3 and Norway 4th. New Zealand is
5th and Switzerland 6th.
Congratulations to them all!
Only 37 nations in the world are fully democratic!
Another 33 are heading in the right direction,
slowly getting there, unless they turn back.
More than half the world’s nations (80 in div.4)
are not democratic. These taper down in the tables to the least
democratic –we look at who they are. The world’s worst have been there
As well as nation states we show democratic rankings in sidebar panels
for political/military/economic/regional groupings via their current
membership: OECD, EU, NATO, G8, ASEAN, APEC, THE AFRICAN UNION, THE ARAB
LEAGUE, LATIN AMERICA.
This report is also published on our Geopolemcs.com site which is open
for reader comment.