The state of


In early 2020, the Economist Intelligence Unit produced the 12th edition of the Democracy Index. The report concluded that global democracy is in its most fragile state since the first edition in 2006. Then, in 2021 & 2022 the numbers became even worse.

This is the story of freedom (or lack of) in the 24 full democracies, 59 authoritarian states and the 84 nations and regions that find themselves somewhere in between the two.

All scores are out of ten, unless otherwise noted.


Global average score, the lowest it's been since 2006


Where are we struggling?

With only an average score of 4.70, the world struggles the most with maintaining functional governments. Furthermore, 10 countries lack any sort of functional government.

"It is clear that there is a growing deficit of trust between people and political establishments, and rising threats to the social contract."

UN Secretary-General AntΓ³nio Guterres, October 2019


Top 30

Leading the way towards freedom.


Bottom 30

Still have a long way to go.


Every country

(Not including microstates)

Asia Pacific

Averages 5.62 overall.

Central & East Europe

Averages 5.36 overall.

Latin America

Averages 6.09 overall.

Middle East & North Africa

Averages 3.44 overall.

North America

Averages 8.58 overall.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Averages 4.16 overall.

Western Europe

Averages 8.29 overall.