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Labor freedom index (0-100), 2023:

The average for 2023 based on 179 countries was 56 points. The highest value was in Micronesia: 82 points and the lowest value was in North Korea: 5 points. The indicator is available from 2005 to 2023. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: points; Source: The Heritage Foundation
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Countries Labor freedom, 2023 Global rank Available data
Micronesia 82 1 2009 - 2023
Austria 79 2 2005 - 2023
Singapore 77 3 2005 - 2023
USA 76 4 2005 - 2023
Brunei 75 5 2014 - 2023
Guyana 74 6 2005 - 2023
Nigeria 74 7 2005 - 2023
Slovenia 74 8 2005 - 2023
New Zealand 72 9 2005 - 2023
South Africa 72 10 2005 - 2023
Italy 71 11 2005 - 2023
Samoa 71 12 2009 - 2023
Bahamas 69 13 2005 - 2023
Canada 69 14 2005 - 2023
Mauritius 69 15 2005 - 2023
Norway 69 16 2005 - 2023
Taiwan 69 17 2005 - 2023
Iceland 68 18 2005 - 2023
Mongolia 68 19 2005 - 2023
Serbia 68 20 2009 - 2023
Cyprus 67 21 2005 - 2023
Japan 67 22 2005 - 2023
Fiji 66 23 2005 - 2023
Finland 66 24 2005 - 2023
Kiribati 66 25 2009 - 2023
Sweden 66 26 2005 - 2023
Australia 65 27 2005 - 2023
Denmark 65 28 2005 - 2023
Papua N.G. 65 29 2009 - 2023
Romania 65 30 2005 - 2023
Slovakia 65 31 2005 - 2023
Tr.&Tobago 65 32 2005 - 2023
UA Emirates 65 33 2005 - 2023
Bulgaria 64 34 2005 - 2023
Jamaica 64 35 2005 - 2023
Suriname 64 36 2005 - 2023
Barbados 63 37 2005 - 2023
Kazakhstan 63 38 2005 - 2023
Latvia 63 39 2005 - 2023
Malta 63 40 2005 - 2023
Namibia 63 41 2005 - 2023
Botswana 62 42 2005 - 2023
Burkina Faso 62 43 2005 - 2023
Colombia 62 44 2005 - 2023
Estonia 62 45 2005 - 2023
Georgia 62 46 2005 - 2023
Montenegro 62 47 2009 - 2023
Seychelles 62 48 2009 - 2023
Spain 62 49 2005 - 2023
Tanzania 62 50 2005 - 2023
UK 62 51 2005 - 2023
Belize 61 52 2005 - 2023
Bosnia & Herz. 61 53 2005 - 2023
Greece 61 54 2005 - 2023
Hungary 61 55 2005 - 2023
Ireland 61 56 2005 - 2023
Panama 61 57 2005 - 2023
Solomon Isl. 61 58 2009 - 2023
Switzerland 61 59 2005 - 2023
Uruguay 61 60 2005 - 2023
Benin 60 61 2005 - 2023
Dominica 60 62 2009 - 2023
Indonesia 60 63 2005 - 2023
Lithuania 60 64 2005 - 2023
Armenia 59 65 2005 - 2023
Chile 59 66 2005 - 2023
France 59 67 2005 - 2023
Netherlands 59 68 2005 - 2023
St. Vincent & ... 59 69 2009 - 2023
Belgium 58 70 2005 - 2023
Costa Rica 58 71 2005 - 2023
Croatia 58 72 2005 - 2023
India 58 73 2005 - 2023
Lesotho 58 74 2005 - 2023
Malaysia 58 75 2005 - 2023
Mexico 58 76 2005 - 2023
Peru 58 77 2005 - 2023
Philippines 58 78 2005 - 2023
Russia 58 79 2005 - 2023
Bhutan 57 80 2009 - 2023
Brazil 57 81 2005 - 2023
Ecuador 57 82 2005 - 2023
G.-Bissau 57 83 2005 - 2023
Iraq 57 84 2013 - 2023
Israel 57 85 2005 - 2023
Jordan 57 86 2005 - 2023
Kenya 57 87 2005 - 2023
Luxembourg 57 88 2005 - 2023
Malawi 57 89 2005 - 2023
Saint Lucia 57 90 2009 - 2023
Thailand 57 91 2005 - 2023
Azerbaijan 56 92 2005 - 2023
Comoros 56 93 2009 - 2023
Czechia 56 94 2005 - 2023
Ghana 56 95 2005 - 2023
Ivory Coast 56 96 2005 - 2023
Madagascar 56 97 2005 - 2023
South Korea 56 98 2005 - 2023
Sri Lanka 56 99 2005 - 2023
Tonga 56 100 2009 - 2023
Tunisia 56 101 2005 - 2023
Argentina 55 102 2005 - 2023
China 55 103 2005 - 2023
El Salvador 55 104 2005 - 2023
Gabon 55 105 2005 - 2023
Haiti 55 106 2005 - 2023
Poland 55 107 2005 - 2023
Portugal 55 108 2005 - 2023
Swaziland 55 109 2005 - 2023
Turkey 55 110 2005 - 2023
Uganda 55 111 2005 - 2023
Angola 54 112 2006 - 2023
Bahrain 54 113 2005 - 2023
DR Congo 54 114 2009 - 2023
Mali 54 115 2005 - 2023
Niger 54 116 2005 - 2023
Senegal 54 117 2005 - 2023
Vietnam 54 118 2005 - 2023
Chad 53 119 2005 - 2023
Domin. Rep. 53 120 2005 - 2023
Germany 53 121 2005 - 2023
Lebanon 53 122 2005 - 2023
North Macedonia 53 123 2005 - 2023
Qatar 53 124 2005 - 2023
Cape Verde 52 125 2005 - 2023
Kuwait 52 126 2005 - 2023
Kyrgyzstan 52 127 2005 - 2023
Nepal 52 128 2005 - 2023
Pakistan 52 129 2005 - 2023
Togo 52 130 2005 - 2023
Algeria 51 131 2005 - 2023
Djibouti 51 132 2005 - 2023
Eritrea 51 133 2009 - 2023
Iran 51 134 2005 - 2023
Albania 50 135 2005 - 2023
Guatemala 50 136 2005 - 2023
Guinea 50 137 2005 - 2023
Maldives 50 138 2009 - 2023
Libya 49 139 2005 - 2023
Mauritania 49 140 2005 - 2023
Cambodia 48 141 2005 - 2023
Morocco 48 142 2005 - 2023
Mozambique 48 143 2005 - 2023
Uzbekistan 48 144 2005 - 2023
Bangladesh 47 145 2005 - 2023
Belarus 47 146 2005 - 2023
Cameroon 47 147 2005 - 2023
Eq. Guinea 47 148 2005 - 2023
Gambia 47 149 2005 - 2023
Moldova 47 150 2005 - 2023
Nicaragua 47 151 2005 - 2023
Syria 47 152 2005 - 2023
Burma 46 153 2005 - 2023
Oman 46 154 2005 - 2023
Afghanistan 45 155 2013 - 2023
Bolivia 45 156 2005 - 2023
Laos 45 157 2005 - 2023
R. of Congo 44 158 2005 - 2023
Tajikistan 44 159 2005 - 2023
Liberia 43 160 2009 - 2023
Rwanda 43 161 2005 - 2023
Saudi Arabia 43 162 2005 - 2023
Burundi 42 163 2006 - 2023
S.T.&Principe 42 164 2009 - 2023
Sudan 42 165 2013 - 2023
Zambia 42 166 2005 - 2023
C.A. Republic 40 167 2005 - 2023
Paraguay 40 168 2005 - 2023
Vanuatu 40 169 2009 - 2023
Ethiopia 39 170 2005 - 2023
Honduras 38 171 2005 - 2023
Sierra Leone 38 172 2005 - 2023
Zimbabwe 35 173 2005 - 2023
Venezuela 34 174 2005 - 2023
Egypt 33 175 2005 - 2023
Turkmenistan 31 176 2005 - 2023
Yemen 31 177 2005 - 2023
Cuba 20 178 2005 - 2023
North Korea 5 179 2005 - 2023



Definition: The Labor freedom index is composed of six quantitative factors: ratio of minimum wage to the average value added per worker, hindrance to hiring additional workers, rigidity of hours, difficulty of firing redundant employees, legally mandated notice period, and mandatory severance pay. The index is based on data collected in connection with the World Bank’s Doing Business study.
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