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Labor freedom index (0-100), 2020 - Country rankings:

The average for 2020 based on 180 countries was 59 points.The highest value was in Brunei: 91 points and the lowest value was in North Korea: 5 points. The indicator is available from 2005 to 2020. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: points; Source: The Heritage Foundation
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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.
Labor freedom in the European union
Labor freedom in Europe
Labor freedom in Asia
Labor freedom in Africa
Labor freedom in North America
Labor freedom in South America
Labor freedom in Australia


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