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Country Overall
score
Prpty.
rights
Corruption
Free
Gvmt.
spend
Business Labor Monetary Trade Invsmt. Financial
Hong Kong 89.6 90 75 89.7 100 95.9 81.8 90 90 90
Singapore 89.4 90 86 93.8 96.9 96.9 83.7 90 85 80
New Zealand 82.1 95 91 43 95.5 91.4 87.6 86.8 80 80
Australia 81.4 90 81 61.8 94.1 81.6 85.3 86.4 80 90
Switzerland 80.5 90 85 65.1 78.1 75.3 86.3 90 85 80
Canada 79.1 90 81 48.3 89 76.1 77.9 88.4 80 80
Chile 78.5 90 71 83.3 69.3 67 85.6 82 90 70
Estonia 76.8 90 68 53.2 81.5 58.7 77.6 88 90 80
Ireland 76.6 85 72 45.6 82.1 76.2 83.9 88 90 70
Mauritius 76.4 65 52 87.4 78 68.2 77.6 88.4 85 70
Denmark 76.3 95 91 1.8 97.4 92.1 87.6 88 90 80
United States 76.2 80 73 51.8 88.8 98.5 76.6 87 70 70
United Kingdom 75.8 90 76 30.3 91.1 75.6 74.4 88 90 80
Taiwan 75.1 70 61 87.1 92.4 55.2 83.3 86.4 75 60
Lithuania 74.7 60 57 61.3 84.9 62 81.2 88 80 80
Germany 73.8 90 78 40.1 88.2 51.2 81.5 88 90 70
The Netherlands 73.7 90 83 23.8 84.3 66.3 79.8 88 90 80
Bahrain 73.4 60 48 73.1 72.5 83.1 74.2 78.6 65 80
Finland 73.4 90 89 3.6 92.6 54.8 79.9 88 90 80
Japan 73.3 80 74 47.1 84.1 90.2 86.7 82.6 70 50
Luxembourg 73.2 90 80 42.2 71.3 42.1 80.7 88 95 80
Georgia 73 40 49 73.8 88.6 79.9 82.7 88.6 80 60
Sweden 72.7 90 89 19.2 87.9 54 85.5 88 90 80
Czech Republic 72.5 75 48 40.6 68.2 82.9 81.2 88 80 80
United Arab Emirates 72.4 55 69 85.8 74.7 83.8 83.8 82.4 40 50
Iceland 72 90 78 32.6 90.5 62.2 77 88 70 60
Norway 71.8 90 86 43.8 92.1 48.2 81.7 89.4 75 60
Colombia 71.7 50 36 76 81.5 81.7 80.1 81.2 80 70
South Korea 71.5 75 55 67.9 89.7 51.1 81.6 72.6 70 80
Austria 71.2 90 69 19.8 78 76.7 80.3 88 90 70
Malaysia  70.8 55 50 74 93.5 75.7 80.8 80 55 60
Qatar 70.8 70 68 71.9 70.5 71.2 79.7 81.8 45 50
Israel 70.5 75 61 47.8 72.4 67.1 81.6 88.6 80 70
Macau 70.3 60 49.7 91.8 60 50 74.9 90 85 70
Saint Lucia 70.2 70 71 65.8 75.6 79.8 85.5 72 65 40
Botswana 69.8 70 64 61.9 66.8 70 73.9 72.2 70 70
Latvia 69.7 50 53 59.2 82.1 61.5 83.8 88 85 50
Jordan 69.3 60 45 70.7 59.1 74.4 80.6 79.6 70 60
Brunei Darussalam 68.9 35 60 63.6 68.3 96.9 76.6 81.8 70 50
Belgium 68.8 80 75 10.2 90.7 63.7 81.7 88 85 70
The Bahamas 68.7 70 71 83.2 68.9 75.3 78.8 52.2 30 60
Poland 68.6 60 60 47.1 67.3 60.4 81.3 88 70 70
Uruguay  68.6 70 73 65.1 72.6 64.3 71.6 81.8 80 30
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 68 70 62 75.3 70.8 78.2 82.3 68.4 60 40
Barbados 67.9 80 75 42.1 71.6 69.2 78.2 63.8 65 60
Cyprus 67.9 70 63 36.7 79.5 59.6 82.7 88 70 50
Jamaica  67.7 40 38 73.2 85.9 76.5 71.4 75 85 50
Peru 67.7 40 38 88.5 67.7 63.4 83.9 87 70 60
Spain 67.6 70 59 39.8 77.5 52.6 81.3 88 85 70
Costa Rica  67.2 50 53 89.9 64.5 54.6 75.8 83.8 70 50
Slovakia 67.2 50 47 55.1 69.6 56.5 75.5 88 80 70
Armenia 67.1 20 36 82.8 82.7 64.3 70.6 85.4 75 70
Macedonia 67.1 35 44 65.6 79.2 70.7 79 86.2 60 60
Bulgaria 66.8 30 41 64.5 68.5 76.6 83.2 88 65 60
Hungary  66.8 55 54 25.9 74.5 67.7 79.2 88 75 70
Oman 66.7 55 47 44.2 68.4 76.1 76.2 76.8 65 60
Romania 66.6 40 43 62.3 69.8 68.6 77.3 88 80 50
Malta 66.5 75 56 44.4 61 55.6 81.8 88 80 60
Cabo Verde 66.4 75 58 67.9 61.8 42.1 81 69.6 70 60
Mexico 66.4 50 34 78 71.5 59.9 77.6 85.6 70 60
Dominica 66.1 60 58 61.5 71.6 68.7 89.5 72.8 75 30
Albania 65.7 30 31 76.1 70.6 52.9 80.8 87.8 70 70
El Salvador  65.7 35 38 85.5 53.3 53.3 82.5 85.2 75 70
Portugal 65.3 70 62 28.8 87.5 42.9 82.8 88 70 60
Rwanda 64.8 30 53 79.2 59.5 84.5 76 80.8 65 40
Montenegro 64.7 40 44 36.7 77.1 77.5 79.7 84.8 65 50
Panama  64.1 30 35 78.8 71.5 41.5 76.4 78.4 75 70
Trinidad and Tobago 64.1 50 38 69.3 65.3 76.6 74.3 78.6 60 50
Kazakhstan 63.3 25 26 85 73.7 87 74.6 79 40 50
Turkey 63.2 45 50 57.6 61 50.2 72.4 84.6 75 60
Ghana 63 50 46 70.8 62.5 56.9 69.2 64.8 65 60
South Africa 62.6 50 42 68.2 73 61.6 74.9 76.6 50 60
France 62.5 80 71 2.5 80.2 43.5 77.5 83 70 70
Kuwait 62.5 45 43 61.1 58.6 64.2 74 76.2 55 50
Thailand  62.4 40 35 81.4 72.5 63.5 69.9 75.4 45 60
Philippines 62.2 30 36 89.3 55.3 58.2 78.8 75.4 60 60
Saudi Arabia 62.1 40 46 61.9 65.8 72.7 68.4 76.4 40 50
Samoa 61.9 60 38 46.5 73.6 78.4 81.2 75.8 55 30
Italy 61.7 55 43 23.2 71.9 55.4 81.2 88 85 60
Madagascar 61.7 45 28 94.7 62.3 45.1 79.2 71.8 50 50
Croatia 61.5 40 48 46.5 55.8 42.8 80 87.2 80 60
Kyrgyz Republic  61.3 20 24 53.2 73.7 85 73.8 80.2 60 50
Paraguay  61.1 30 24 81.9 58.4 26.3 78.3 81.4 75 60
Vanuatu 61.1 40 33.5 83.8 51.5 46.4 82.9 75.4 60 40
Azerbaijan 61 20 28 59.7 74.5 79.1 79.8 76 55 50
Dominican Republic 61 30 29 87.1 53.5 57.5 76 77.8 75 40
Guatemala  60.4 20 29 94.1 54.7 50.6 76.8 84.6 65 50
Slovenia 60.3 60 57 0 81.2 57.1 81.3 88 70 50
Morocco 60.1 40 37 61 68.8 33.4 81.9 78.2 70 60
Serbia  60 45 42 27.1 57.8 70.4 72.2 78.2 75 50
Swaziland 59.9 40 39 68.6 60.5 69.3 73.9 76 55 40
Uganda 59.7 25 26 89 43.3 87.5 76.3 76.6 60 40
Namibia 59.6 30 48 56 64.3 90.9 74.3 71.2 55 40
Lebanon 59.3 20 28 70.6 54.7 60.7 72 75.8 60 60
Tonga 59.3 20 28.6 79 74.1 92.1 73.5 78.4 40 20
Mongolia 59.2 30 38 35.6 68.2 82.7 69.2 74.8 50 60
Bosnia and Herzegovina 59 20 42 27.3 53.5 63.4 84 87.2 70 60
Fiji 59 25 22.3 74.6 63.2 75.2 78.3 70.2 50 50
Benin 58.8 30 36 86.7 55.2 53.2 79.9 58.4 70 50
Zambia 58.7 30 38 78 68.2 46 73.2 76.8 55 50
Burkina Faso 58.6 25 38 79.8 49.6 57.8 80 68.2 65 40
Sri Lanka 58.6 35 37 88.4 72.5 58.7 68.2 71.6 30 40
Côte d'Ivoire  58.5 35 27 82.4 65.4 46 75 71.4 55 50
Gabon 58.3 40 34 74.6 57.9 64.3 78.4 61 55 40
Indonesia 58.1 30 32 88.3 49.3 48.7 74.9 74.8 40 60
Senegal 57.8 40 41 74.6 54.6 39.5 83 74 60 40
Tunisia 57.7 40 41 70.8 81.2 69.1 74.8 61.2 35 30
Nicaragua  57.6 10 28 76.6 58 56.7 67.8 85.4 65 50
Cambodia 57.5 25 20 87.5 29.2 62.2 78.7 72.2 60 50
Djibouti 57.5 25 36 57.1 55.4 66.6 78.9 54.8 70 50
Moldova 57.5 40 35 51.8 66.8 40.6 76.1 79.8 50 50
Seychelles 57.5 50 54 59.4 67.7 63.9 76 44 50 30
Tanzania 57.5 30 33 79.3 45 61.4 69.7 67 60 50
The Gambia 57.5 25 28 73.4 55.7 66.7 70.8 65 65 50
Bhutan 57.4 60 63 60.1 61.9 81.1 66 49.4 20 30
Honduras  57.4 30 26 78.7 53.2 28 75.4 77.6 60 60
Belize 56.8 30 6.7 78.3 59.1 61.8 79.3 70.4 50 50
Brazil 56.6 50 42 50.9 53.6 52.1 69.4 69.6 50 60
Mali 56.4 25 28 89.2 47.2 50.7 81.1 73.2 60 40
Kenya 55.6 30 27 72.1 47.9 63.8 72.8 64 50 50
Nigeria 55.6 30 25 76.1 48.3 77.7 70.4 63.8 40 40
Pakistan  55.6 30 28 86.1 65.6 42.1 71.2 65.6 50 40
Guyana 55.5 25 27 70.8 63.8 74.5 78.4 72 45 30
Egypt 55.2 20 32 68 65.4 53.6 67.4 70 50 40
Malawi 54.8 40 37 49 49.1 63.1 53.8 72.2 55 50
Mozambique  54.8 30 30 66.5 60.9 37.9 82 75.4 40 50
India 54.6 55 36 78.3 43.3 48.7 65.3 64.6 35 40
Niger 54.6 30 34 83.6 39.2 40.9 81.3 65.6 55 40
Suriname 54.2 35 36 73.8 42.2 81.9 77.2 66.2 30 30
Greece 54 40 40 0 73.3 51.6 77.8 83 60 50
Bangladesh  53.9 20 27 92 62.2 63.7 67.7 59 45 30
Burundi 53.7 20 21 61.3 61.4 68.1 69.8 72.2 60 30
Yemen 53.7 30 18 59.9 54 57.1 68.5 77.6 50 30
Maldives 53.4 25 21.9 50.6 85.8 73.4 74.1 47.8 30 30
Mauritania 53.3 25 30 59.8 50.5 52.1 76.6 69 50 40
São Tomé and Príncipe  53.3 25 42 41.4 65.1 45.8 70.7 75.2 50 30
Papua New Guinea 53.1 20 25 68.7 53.5 74.5 72.7 85 35 30
Togo 53 30 29 78.1 51.9 43.4 80.4 67.8 50 30
China 52.7 20 40 81.5 52.1 63 74.2 71.8 25 30
Liberia 52.7 25 38 69.9 60.1 43.9 72.7 74.4 40 20
Tajikistan 52.7 20 22 81.9 65.4 46.4 69.6 74.6 25 30
Comoros 52.1 30 28 78.8 47.3 52 77.9 73 40 30
Guinea 52.1 15 24 79.5 51.6 74.4 66.7 61.2 40 40
Russia 52.1 20 28 57.8 76.3 58.9 63.9 75 25 30
Guinea-Bissau 52 20 19 88 39.6 61.7 77.5 65.4 30 30
Cameroon 51.9 25 25 87.8 41.6 47.8 75.6 59.6 35 50
Sierra Leone 51.7 10 30 87.5 53.4 41.6 68.5 70.2 55 20
Vietnam 51.7 15 31 77.1 61.5 62.9 66.8 78.6 15 30
Ethiopia 51.5 30 33 91.4 55.9 56.4 66.1 64.4 20 20
Laos 51.4 15 26 86.8 59.5 57.1 74.5 58.6 30 20
Haiti 51.3 10 19 76.2 43.1 63.7 73.5 77.6 40 30
Nepal 51.3 30 31 88.9 65.7 44.3 70.5 61.8 5 30
Belarus 49.8 20 29 54.7 72 80.1 44.5 81 20 10
Lesotho 49.6 35 49 0 54.7 63.9 75.2 64.6 45 40
Micronesia 49.6 30 30 0 51 79.1 76.9 81 25 30
Ecuador 49.2 15 35 51 51.4 51.3 68.2 71.4 30 40
Algeria 48.9 30 36 38.7 66.6 50.5 71.2 60.8 25 30
Angola 47.9 15 23 50.1 47.4 43.2 65.4 70.2 40 40
Solomon Islands 47 30 25 25.7 67.7 68.6 74.3 73 15 30
Uzbekistan 47 15 17 67.3 73.1 64.2 63.5 69.8 0 10
Burma 46.9 10 21 77.9 28.7 79.3 66.1 74.2 15 10
Ukraine 46.9 20 25 28 59.3 48.2 78.6 85.8 15 30
Bolivia 46.8 10 34 60.9 53.7 25.5 69.7 77.6 10 40
Kiribati 46.4 30 29.2 0 56.8 83.9 80.6 55.4 25 30
Central African Republic 45.9 15 25 92 27.2 37.5 69.6 52.4 45 30
Chad 45.9 20 19 83.6 27.1 47.7 75.6 55.2 45 40
Timor-Leste 45.5 20 30 0 59.8 72 68.7 79.6 40 20
Democratic Republic of Congo 45 10 22 85.7 42.8 38.4 75.1 63 20 20
Argentina 44.1 15 34 41.2 52.8 43.3 59.6 68.8 30 30
Republic of Congo  42.7 10 22 60.7 36.8 36 71.6 62.4 30 30
Iran 41.8 10 25 93 57 51.3 48.7 41.4 0 10
Turkmenistan 41.4 5 17 93.5 30 20 64.2 80 0 10
Equatorial Guinea 40.4 10 19 31.4 37.5 33.5 78.3 53.8 35 30
Eritrea 38.9 10 20 71.8 18.2 65.5 57.8 69.2 0 20
Zimbabwe 37.6 10 21 74.2 37.1 23.7 75.4 58.4 0 10
Venezuela  34.3 5 20 52 41.6 24.2 42.8 62.8 0 20
Cuba 29.6 10 46 0 20 20 64.8 63.8 0 10
North Korea 1.3 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Afghanistan N/A N/A 8 81.2 61.4 67.5 72.6 N/A 55 N/A
Iraq N/A N/A 16 43.8 57.7 74.4 73.6 N/A N/A N/A
Kosovo N/A 30 33 73.9 66.8 72.1 74.9 N/A 65 N/A
Libya N/A 10 15 37.5 46.8 66.7 71.4 80 5 N/A
Liechtenstein N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 90 85 80
Somalia N/A N/A 8 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sudan N/A N/A 11 94.5 49 43.8 52.8 55.6 15 N/A
Syria N/A 10 17 N/A 57.3 49.1 N/A N/A 0 20

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