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Freedom of expression, 2022:

The average for 2022 based on 171 countries was 0.63 index points. The highest value was in Denmark: 0.988 index points and the lowest value was in North Korea: 0.013 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 Freedom of expression, 2022 Global rank Available data
Denmark 0.988 1 1960 - 2022
Switzerland 0.987 2 1960 - 2022
Ireland 0.981 3 1960 - 2022
Belgium 0.976 4 1960 - 2022
Finland 0.974 5 1960 - 2022
France 0.974 6 1960 - 2022
Norway 0.972 7 1960 - 2022
Estonia 0.966 8 1990 - 2022
Luxembourg 0.964 9 1960 - 2022
Portugal 0.964 10 1960 - 2022
Sweden 0.963 11 1960 - 2022
Slovakia 0.962 12 1993 - 2022
New Zealand 0.961 13 1960 - 2022
USA 0.957 14 1960 - 2022
Australia 0.955 15 1960 - 2022
Canada 0.955 16 1960 - 2022
Czechia 0.953 17 1960 - 2022
Germany 0.953 18 1960 - 2022
Italy 0.943 19 1960 - 2022
UK 0.943 20 1960 - 2022
Latvia 0.941 21 1990 - 2022
Jamaica 0.94 22 1960 - 2022
Tr.&Tobago 0.94 23 1960 - 2022
Domin. Rep. 0.939 24 1960 - 2022
Seychelles 0.937 25 1960 - 2022
Argentina 0.934 26 1960 - 2022
Chile 0.934 27 1960 - 2022
Spain 0.934 28 1960 - 2022
Barbados 0.927 29 1960 - 2022
Lithuania 0.914 30 1990 - 2022
Iceland 0.911 31 1960 - 2022
Netherlands 0.909 32 1960 - 2022
Ghana 0.901 33 1960 - 2022
Ecuador 0.897 34 1960 - 2022
South Korea 0.889 35 1960 - 2022
Cape Verde 0.887 36 1960 - 2022
Vanuatu 0.885 37 1960 - 2022
Austria 0.882 38 1960 - 2022
Senegal 0.881 39 1960 - 2022
Taiwan 0.881 40 1960 - 2022
Japan 0.877 41 1960 - 2022
S.T.&Principe 0.877 42 1960 - 2022
Moldova 0.873 43 1990 - 2022
Georgia 0.872 44 1990 - 2022
Honduras 0.871 45 1960 - 2022
Liberia 0.871 46 1960 - 2022
Peru 0.87 47 1960 - 2022
Israel 0.868 48 1960 - 2022
Uruguay 0.867 49 1960 - 2022
Kenya 0.866 50 1960 - 2022
Sierra Leone 0.861 51 1960 - 2022
Suriname 0.86 52 1960 - 2022
Papua N.G. 0.849 53 1960 - 2022
Bulgaria 0.848 54 1960 - 2022
Zambia 0.845 55 1960 - 2022
Guyana 0.844 56 1960 - 2022
South Africa 0.842 57 1960 - 2022
Niger 0.838 58 1960 - 2022
Cyprus 0.836 59 1960 - 2022
Romania 0.835 60 1960 - 2022
Panama 0.834 61 1960 - 2022
Greece 0.833 62 1960 - 2022
Slovenia 0.832 63 1989 - 2022
Botswana 0.831 64 1960 - 2022
Malawi 0.831 65 1960 - 2022
Nepal 0.831 66 1960 - 2022
Mongolia 0.828 67 1960 - 2022
Lesotho 0.821 68 1960 - 2022
Malta 0.814 69 1960 - 2022
Namibia 0.814 70 1960 - 2022
Nigeria 0.812 71 1960 - 2022
Montenegro 0.809 72 1998 - 2022
Gambia 0.803 73 1960 - 2022
Solomon Isl. 0.796 74 1960 - 2022
Burkina Faso 0.793 75 1960 - 2022
Colombia 0.792 76 1960 - 2022
Armenia 0.783 77 1990 - 2022
Bolivia 0.783 78 1960 - 2022
Croatia 0.78 79 1991 - 2022
Benin 0.771 80 1960 - 2022
Paraguay 0.769 81 1960 - 2022
Tanzania 0.754 82 1960 - 2022
Maldives 0.75 83 1960 - 2022
North Macedonia 0.73 84 1991 - 2022
Indonesia 0.725 85 1960 - 2022
Mali 0.717 86 1960 - 2022
Tunisia 0.716 87 1960 - 2022
Gabon 0.704 88 1960 - 2022
Mauritania 0.701 89 1960 - 2022
C.A. Republic 0.7 90 1960 - 2022
Albania 0.681 91 1960 - 2022
Madagascar 0.677 92 1960 - 2022
Ivory Coast 0.672 93 1960 - 2022
Mexico 0.672 94 1960 - 2022
Bhutan 0.657 95 1960 - 2022
Angola 0.64 96 1960 - 2022
Sri Lanka 0.638 97 1960 - 2022
Haiti 0.637 98 1960 - 2022
Hungary 0.629 99 1960 - 2022
Bosnia & Herz. 0.627 100 1992 - 2022
Lebanon 0.619 101 1960 - 2022
Poland 0.611 102 1960 - 2022
Malaysia 0.597 103 1960 - 2022
Mauritius 0.597 104 1960 - 2022
Morocco 0.592 105 1960 - 2022
G.-Bissau 0.589 106 1960 - 2022
Mozambique 0.589 107 1960 - 2022
Kuwait 0.587 108 1960 - 2022
Brazil 0.586 109 1960 - 2022
Pakistan 0.586 110 1960 - 2022
Togo 0.585 111 1960 - 2022
Kyrgyzstan 0.584 112 1990 - 2022
Cameroon 0.574 113 1961 - 2022
Comoros 0.572 114 1960 - 2022
DR Congo 0.562 115 1960 - 2022
Ukraine 0.545 116 1990 - 2022
Guatemala 0.54 117 1960 - 2022
Philippines 0.54 118 1960 - 2022
Serbia 0.536 119 1960 - 2022
Libya 0.523 120 1960 - 2022
Guinea 0.494 121 1960 - 2022
Uganda 0.483 122 1960 - 2022
Fiji 0.466 123 1960 - 2022
Kazakhstan 0.45 124 1990 - 2022
Algeria 0.449 125 1960 - 2022
India 0.448 126 1960 - 2022
Jordan 0.444 127 1960 - 2022
Ethiopia 0.438 128 1960 - 2022
Singapore 0.438 129 1960 - 2022
Sudan 0.418 130 1960 - 2022
Iraq 0.409 131 1960 - 2022
El Salvador 0.388 132 1960 - 2022
Somalia 0.377 133 1960 - 2022
Djibouti 0.374 134 1960 - 2022
Thailand 0.296 135 1960 - 2022
Zimbabwe 0.27 136 1960 - 2022
Chad 0.262 137 1960 - 2022
Uzbekistan 0.262 138 1990 - 2022
Hong Kong 0.253 139 1960 - 2022
Bangladesh 0.252 140 1971 - 2022
Rwanda 0.238 141 1960 - 2022
Azerbaijan 0.234 142 1990 - 2022
Cambodia 0.225 143 1960 - 2022
Oman 0.225 144 1960 - 2022
Venezuela 0.224 145 1960 - 2022
Iran 0.213 146 1960 - 2022
Vietnam 0.208 147 1960 - 2022
Russia 0.185 148 1960 - 2022
Yemen 0.183 149 1960 - 2022
R. of Congo 0.175 150 1960 - 2022
Burundi 0.173 151 1960 - 2022
UA Emirates 0.158 152 1971 - 2022
Turkey 0.144 153 1960 - 2022
Egypt 0.118 154 1960 - 2022
Saudi Arabia 0.117 155 1960 - 2022
Bahrain 0.115 156 1960 - 2022
Eq. Guinea 0.114 157 1960 - 2022
Swaziland 0.11 158 1960 - 2022
Cuba 0.101 159 1960 - 2022
Tajikistan 0.1 160 1990 - 2022
Qatar 0.084 161 1960 - 2022
Nicaragua 0.074 162 1960 - 2022
Turkmenistan 0.059 163 1990 - 2022
China 0.058 164 1960 - 2022
Burma 0.056 165 1960 - 2022
Eritrea 0.055 166 1960 - 2022
Laos 0.046 167 1960 - 2022
Afghanistan 0.04 168 1960 - 2022
Belarus 0.03 169 1990 - 2022
Syria 0.027 170 1960 - 2022
North Korea 0.013 171 1960 - 2022



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