Restriction of Economic Freedom (2010)
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The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal Index of Economic Freedom uses a set of objective economic criteria to study and grade various countries for the annual publication of the Index of Economic Freedom. The following list ranks countries based on the amount of economic restrictions placed upon individuals. Higher values indicate lower levels of restriction. Only nations of 200,000+ population included.

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RankingNationValue
1Hong Kong 89.7
2Singapore 86.1
3Australia 82.6
4New Zealand 82.1
5Ireland 81.3
6Switzerland 81.1
7Canada 80.4
8United States (General) 78.0
9Denmark 77.9
10Chile 77.2
11United Kingdom 76.5
12Bahrain 76.3
12Mauritius 76.3
13Luxembourg 75.4
14Netherlands 75.0
15Estonia 74.7
16Finland 73.8
17Iceland 73.7
18Japan 72.9
19Macau 72.5
20Sweden 72.4
21Austria 71.6
22Germany 71.1
23Cyprus 70.9
24Georgia 70.4
24Taiwan 70.4
25Botswana 70.3
25Lithuania 70.3
26Belgium 70.1
27El Salvador 69.9
27Korea, (South) Republic of 69.9
28Czech Republic 69.8
28Uruguay 69.8
29Slovakia 69.7
30Spain 69.6
31Norway 69.4
32Armenia 69.2
33Qatar 69.0
34Barbados 68.3
34Mexico 68.3
35Israel 67.7
35Kuwait 67.7
35Oman 67.7
36Peru 67.6
37Bahamas, The 67.3
37United Arab Emirates 67.3
38Malta 67.2
39Latvia 66.2
40Hungary 66.1
40Jordan 66.1
41Albania 66.0
42Costa Rica 65.9
43Macedonia 65.7
43Trinidad and Tobago 65.7
44Colombia 65.5
44Jamaica 65.5
45Malaysia 64.8
45Panama 64.8
46Slovenia 64.7
47Portugal 64.4
48France 64.2
48Romania 64.2
49Saudi Arabia 64.1
49Thailand 64.1
50Turkey 63.8
51Montenegro 63.6
52Madagascar 63.2
52Poland 63.2
53South Africa 62.8
54Greece 62.7
54Italy 62.7
55Bulgaria 62.3
56Namibia 62.2
56Uganda 62.2
57Cape Verde 61.8
58Belize 61.5
59Kyrgyzstan 61.3
59Paraguay 61.3
60Guatemala 61.0
60Kazakhstan 61.0
61Dominican Republic 60.3
61Fiji 60.3
62Ghana 60.2
63Mongolia 60.0
64Lebanon 59.5
65Burkina Faso 59.4
66Croatia 59.2
66Morocco 59.2
67Rwanda 59.1
68Egypt 59.0
69Tunisia 58.9
70Azerbaijan 58.8
71Honduras 58.3
71Nicaragua 58.3
71Tanzania 58.3
72Zambia 58.0
73Kenya 57.5
74Swaziland 57.4
75Bhutan 57.0
76Algeria 56.9
76Serbia 56.9
77Nigeria 56.8
78Cambodia 56.6
79Vanuatu 56.4
80Philippines 56.3
81Bosnia and Herzegovina 56.2
82Mozambique 56.0
83Brazil 55.6
83Mali 55.6
84Indonesia 55.5
85Benin 55.4
85Gabon 55.4
86Pakistan 55.2
87Gambia, The 55.1
88Senegal 54.6
88Sri Lanka 54.6
89Yemen 54.4
90Cote d'Ivoire 54.1
90Malawi 54.1
91India 53.8
92Moldova 53.7
93Papua New Guinea 53.5
94Tajikistan 53.0
95Niger 52.9
96Nepal 52.7
97Suriname 52.5
98Cameroon 52.3
99Mauritania 52.0
100Guinea 51.8
101Argentina 51.2
101Ethiopia 51.2
102Bangladesh 51.1
102Laos 51.1
103China 51.0
103Djibouti 51.0
104Haiti 50.8
105Russia 50.3
106Vietnam 49.8
107Bolivia 49.4
107Syria 49.4
108Ecuador 49.3
109Maldives 49.0
110Belarus 48.7
111Equatorial Guinea 48.6
112Angola 48.4
112Central African Republic 48.4
112Guyana 48.4
113Lesotho 48.1
114Sierra Leone 47.9
115Burundi 47.5
115Chad 47.5
115Uzbekistan 47.5
116Togo 47.1
117Ukraine 46.4
118Liberia 46.2
119Timor-Leste 45.8
120Comoros 44.9
121Guinea-Bissau 43.6
122Iran 43.4
123Congo, Republic of the 43.2
124Solomon Islands 42.9
125Turkmenistan 42.5
126Congo, Democratic Republic of the 41.4
127Libya 40.2
128Venezuela 37.1
129Burma (Myanmar) 36.7
130Eritrea 35.3
131Cuba 26.7
132Zimbabwe 21.4
133Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of 1.0
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Source

The data presented in QuickLists are from a variety of sources including the U.S. Census Bureau's International Data Base, the U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom Report, the United Nations Human Development Reports, and others.

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