Restriction of Economic Freedom (2005)
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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 higher levels of restriction. Only nations of 200,000+ population included.

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RankingNationIndex
1Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of 5.0
2Burma (Myanmar) 4.6
3Libya 4.4
4Turkmenistan 4.4
4Zimbabwe 4.4
5Laos 4.3
6Cuba 4.3
7Iran 4.2
8Uzbekistan 4.1
9Venezuela 4.1
10Haiti 4.0
11Tajikistan 4.0
12Belarus 4.0
13Bangladesh 4.0
13Nigeria 4.0
14Suriname 3.9
15Syria 3.9
16Guinea-Bissau 3.9
17Vietnam 3.8
18Congo, Republic of the 3.8
19Sierra Leone 3.8
20Ethiopia 3.7
20Pakistan 3.7
21Yemen 3.7
22Togo 3.7
23Kazakhstan 3.7
24Malawi 3.7
25Benin 3.6
26Cameroon 3.6
26Nepal 3.6
27Romania 3.6
28Russia 3.6
29Dominican Republic 3.5
29Indonesia 3.5
29Rwanda 3.5
30Equatorial Guinea 3.5
30India 3.5
30Niger 3.5
31Central African Republic 3.5
32Algeria 3.5
32Argentina 3.5
32Ecuador 3.5
33China 3.5
33Turkey 3.5
34Paraguay 3.5
35Honduras 3.4
36Tanzania 3.4
37Gabon 3.4
37Gambia, The 3.4
37Zambia 3.4
38Azerbaijan 3.4
38Chad 3.4
38Egypt 3.4
39Lesotho 3.4
40Georgia 3.3
40Mozambique 3.3
41Djibouti 3.3
41Ghana 3.3
42Kyrgyzstan 3.3
43Burkina Faso 3.3
43Fiji 3.3
43Guinea 3.3
43Kenya 3.3
44Cote d'Ivoire 3.3
45Brazil 3.3
45Philippines 3.3
46Colombia 3.2
46Ukraine 3.2
47Guatemala 3.2
47Mali 3.2
47Morocco 3.2
48Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.2
49Tunisia 3.1
50Namibia 3.1
50Qatar 3.1
51Guyana 3.1
51Sri Lanka 3.1
52Moldova 3.1
52Swaziland 3.1
53Lebanon 3.1
54Croatia 3.0
54Uganda 3.0
55Saudi Arabia 3.0
55Senegal 3.0
56Thailand 3.0
57Malaysia 3.0
58Macedonia 3.0
59Albania 2.9
59Mauritania 2.9
60Mauritius 2.9
60Nicaragua 2.9
61Cambodia 2.9
61Mexico 2.9
62Cape Verde 2.8
63Jamaica 2.8
63Oman 2.8
64Greece 2.8
65Jordan 2.8
66Peru 2.8
66South Africa 2.8
67Costa Rica 2.8
67Kuwait 2.8
68Bulgaria 2.7
68Panama 2.7
69Bolivia 2.7
69Mongolia 2.7
70Madagascar 2.7
70United Arab Emirates 2.7
71Belize 2.7
72Korea, (South) Republic of 2.6
72Slovenia 2.6
73France 2.6
74Uruguay 2.6
75Armenia 2.6
76Poland 2.5
77Trinidad and Tobago 2.5
78Japan 2.5
79Botswana 2.4
79Portugal 2.4
80Slovakia 2.4
81Hungary 2.4
82Czech Republic 2.4
82Israel 2.4
83Barbados 2.4
84Spain 2.3
85Malta 2.3
85Norway 2.3
86Latvia 2.3
87Taiwan 2.3
88Italy 2.3
89Bahamas, The 2.3
90El Salvador 2.2
91Lithuania 2.2
92Belgium 2.1
92Cyprus 2.1
93Bahrain 2.1
94Austria 2.1
95Germany 2.0
96Netherlands 2.0
97Canada 1.9
98Finland 1.9
99Sweden 1.9
100Switzerland 1.9
100United States (General) 1.9
101Chile 1.8
102Australia 1.8
103Denmark 1.8
103Iceland 1.8
104Ireland 1.7
104New Zealand 1.7
105Estonia 1.7
106Luxembourg 1.6
107Singapore 1.6
108Hong Kong 1.4
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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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