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Academic freedom index, 2022:

The average for 2022 based on 171 countries was 0.611 index points. The highest value was in the Czechia: 0.977 index points and the lowest value was in North Korea: 0.009 index points. The indicator is available from 1960 to 2022. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: index points; Source: Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem)
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Countries Academic freedom, 2022 Global rank Available data
Czechia 0.977 1 1960 - 2022
Estonia 0.971 2 1990 - 2022
Belgium 0.968 3 1960 - 2022
Italy 0.965 4 1960 - 2022
Germany 0.962 5 1960 - 2022
Honduras 0.958 6 1960 - 2022
Luxembourg 0.955 7 1960 - 2022
Latvia 0.954 8 1990 - 2022
Finland 0.95 9 1960 - 2022
Argentina 0.949 10 1960 - 2022
Slovakia 0.947 11 1993 - 2022
Chile 0.945 12 1960 - 2022
Sweden 0.945 13 1960 - 2022
Jamaica 0.944 14 1960 - 2022
Peru 0.938 15 1960 - 2022
Spain 0.938 16 1960 - 2022
Israel 0.932 17 1960 - 2022
Nigeria 0.931 18 1960 - 2022
Slovenia 0.931 19 1989 - 2022
Burkina Faso 0.928 20 1960 - 2022
Portugal 0.924 21 1960 - 2022
Norway 0.923 22 1960 - 2022
Iceland 0.918 23 1960 - 2022
Vanuatu 0.918 24 1968 - 2022
Lithuania 0.917 25 1990 - 2022
Barbados 0.916 26 1962 - 2022
Cyprus 0.915 27 1961 - 2022
Domin. Rep. 0.912 28 1960 - 2022
Australia 0.91 29 1960 - 2022
Denmark 0.91 30 1960 - 2022
France 0.91 31 1960 - 2022
Ireland 0.909 32 1960 - 2022
Seychelles 0.905 33 2009 - 2022
Solomon Isl. 0.904 34 1968 - 2022
Switzerland 0.903 35 1960 - 2022
Panama 0.891 36 1960 - 2022
Canada 0.89 37 1960 - 2022
Tr.&Tobago 0.886 38 1960 - 2022
Austria 0.883 39 1960 - 2022
Cape Verde 0.881 40 1979 - 2022
Malta 0.88 41 1960 - 2022
Romania 0.88 42 1960 - 2022
Papua N.G. 0.876 43 1965 - 2022
South Korea 0.866 44 1960 - 2022
Sierra Leone 0.861 45 1960 - 2022
Mongolia 0.859 46 1960 - 2022
Nepal 0.859 47 1960 - 2022
Zambia 0.859 48 1963 - 2022
Croatia 0.858 49 1991 - 2022
Uruguay 0.852 50 1960 - 2022
Bulgaria 0.851 51 1960 - 2022
Botswana 0.847 52 1964 - 2022
Benin 0.846 53 1970 - 2022
Suriname 0.845 54 1968 - 2022
Taiwan 0.845 55 1960 - 2022
Mali 0.834 56 1960 - 2022
Georgia 0.832 57 1990 - 2022
Ecuador 0.829 58 1960 - 2022
UK 0.827 59 1960 - 2022
Moldova 0.824 60 1990 - 2022
Netherlands 0.823 61 1960 - 2022
North Macedonia 0.823 62 1991 - 2022
Montenegro 0.822 63 1998 - 2022
Albania 0.82 64 1960 - 2022
Gambia 0.816 65 1978 - 2022
Senegal 0.816 66 1960 - 2022
Gabon 0.814 67 1960 - 2022
Togo 0.804 68 1960 - 2022
Malawi 0.8 69 1960 - 2022
Niger 0.8 70 1963 - 2022
New Zealand 0.797 71 1960 - 2022
Bosnia & Herz. 0.794 72 1992 - 2022
South Africa 0.791 73 1960 - 2022
USA 0.788 74 1960 - 2022
Kenya 0.784 75 1960 - 2022
Ghana 0.779 76 1960 - 2022
Guyana 0.778 77 1963 - 2022
Serbia 0.775 78 1960 - 2022
Greece 0.771 79 1960 - 2022
Madagascar 0.767 80 1960 - 2022
Paraguay 0.764 81 1960 - 2022
Liberia 0.763 82 1960 - 2022
Lesotho 0.761 83 1960 - 2022
Ivory Coast 0.759 84 1960 - 2022
Poland 0.738 85 1960 - 2022
G.-Bissau 0.727 86 1979 - 2022
S.T.&Principe 0.726 87 1992 - 2022
Bolivia 0.722 88 1960 - 2022
Philippines 0.713 89 1960 - 2022
Guatemala 0.712 90 1960 - 2022
Armenia 0.71 91 1990 - 2022
Tanzania 0.71 92 1960 - 2022
Colombia 0.708 93 1960 - 2022
Tunisia 0.707 94 1960 - 2022
Haiti 0.682 95 1960 - 2022
Mexico 0.67 96 1960 - 2022
Namibia 0.651 97 1980 - 2022
Indonesia 0.64 98 1960 - 2022
Lebanon 0.632 99 1960 - 2022
Maldives 0.615 100 2011 - 2022
C.A. Republic 0.614 101 1961 - 2022
Mozambique 0.604 102 1962 - 2022
Japan 0.582 103 1960 - 2022
Mauritius 0.578 104 1965 - 2022
Morocco 0.576 105 1960 - 2022
R. of Congo 0.565 106 1960 - 2022
Kyrgyzstan 0.543 107 1990 - 2022
Singapore 0.513 108 1960 - 2022
Sri Lanka 0.51 109 1960 - 2022
Kazakhstan 0.502 110 1990 - 2022
Kuwait 0.497 111 1966 - 2022
DR Congo 0.479 112 1960 - 2022
Iraq 0.462 113 1960 - 2022
Angola 0.454 114 1962 - 2022
Brazil 0.454 115 1960 - 2022
El Salvador 0.454 116 1960 - 2022
Malaysia 0.447 117 1960 - 2022
Libya 0.436 118 1960 - 2022
Pakistan 0.433 119 1960 - 2022
Ethiopia 0.431 120 1960 - 2022
Chad 0.425 121 1963 - 2022
Bhutan 0.421 122 2003 - 2022
Ukraine 0.396 123 1990 - 2022
India 0.379 124 1960 - 2022
Uganda 0.379 125 1960 - 2022
Guinea 0.378 126 1962 - 2022
Somalia 0.371 127 1960 - 2022
Hungary 0.338 128 1960 - 2022
Vietnam 0.338 129 1960 - 2022
Jordan 0.332 130 1962 - 2022
Sudan 0.317 131 1960 - 2022
Comoros 0.316 132 2003 - 2022
Djibouti 0.31 133 2006 - 2022
Uzbekistan 0.303 134 1990 - 2022
Fiji 0.292 135 1960 - 2022
Thailand 0.278 136 1960 - 2022
Cambodia 0.264 137 1960 - 2022
Cameroon 0.264 138 1961 - 2022
Burundi 0.259 139 1960 - 2022
Bangladesh 0.253 140 1971 - 2022
Venezuela 0.245 141 1960 - 2022
Russia 0.237 142 1960 - 2022
Oman 0.23 143 1982 - 2022
Algeria 0.229 144 1960 - 2022
Hong Kong 0.227 145 1960 - 2022
Mauritania 0.22 146 1966 - 2022
Zimbabwe 0.215 147 1960 - 2022
Azerbaijan 0.203 148 1990 - 2022
Yemen 0.145 149 1970 - 2022
Swaziland 0.139 150 1976 - 2022
Afghanistan 0.136 151 1960 - 2022
Qatar 0.124 152 1973 - 2022
UA Emirates 0.121 153 1976 - 2022
Laos 0.104 154 1960 - 2022
Tajikistan 0.104 155 1990 - 2022
Cuba 0.093 156 1960 - 2022
Rwanda 0.089 157 1963 - 2022
Egypt 0.084 158 1960 - 2022
Turkey 0.084 159 1960 - 2022
Iran 0.083 160 1960 - 2022
Nicaragua 0.072 161 1960 - 2022
China 0.07 162 1960 - 2022
Saudi Arabia 0.062 163 1960 - 2022
Eq. Guinea 0.054 164 1995 - 2022
Bahrain 0.051 165 1968 - 2022
Syria 0.05 166 1960 - 2022
Belarus 0.03 167 1990 - 2022
Turkmenistan 0.017 168 1990 - 2022
Eritrea 0.016 169 1960 - 2022
Burma 0.015 170 1960 - 2022
North Korea 0.009 171 1960 - 2022



Definition: Measures academics' rights to teach and discuss, carry out research, express freely their opinion with no censorship and the freedom to participate in professional or representative academic bodies.
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0.938
0.938
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0.779
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0.738
0.727
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0.707
0.682
0.670
0.651
0.640
0.632
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0.604
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0.576
0.565
0.543
0.513
0.510
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0.497
0.479
0.462
0.454
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0.447
0.436
0.433
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0.425
0.421
0.396
0.379
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0.371
0.338
0.338
0.332
0.317
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0.310
0.303
0.292
0.278
0.264
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0.259
0.253
0.245
0.237
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0.145
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0.124
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0.104
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0.093
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0.083
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0.062
0.054
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