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State legitimacy index, 0 (high) - 10 (low), 2023:

The average for 2023 based on 177 countries was 5.72 index points. The highest value was in Syria: 10 index points and the lowest value was in Denmark: 0.3 index points. The indicator is available from 2007 to 2023. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: index points; Source: Fund for Peace
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Countries State legitimacy index, 2023 Global rank Available data
Syria 10 1 2007 - 2023
Eq. Guinea 9.9 2 2007 - 2023
Haiti 9.9 3 2007 - 2023
Iran 9.8 4 2007 - 2023
North Korea 9.8 5 2007 - 2023
Turkmenistan 9.8 6 2007 - 2023
Yemen 9.8 7 2007 - 2023
Eritrea 9.7 8 2007 - 2023
Guinea 9.7 9 2007 - 2023
Libya 9.6 10 2007 - 2023
Somalia 9.6 11 2007 - 2023
Venezuela 9.6 12 2007 - 2023
Afghanistan 9.4 13 2007 - 2023
Belarus 9.4 14 2007 - 2023
Sudan 9.4 15 2007 - 2023
Tajikistan 9.4 16 2007 - 2023
Burma 9.3 17 2007 - 2023
DR Congo 9.3 18 2007 - 2023
Azerbaijan 9.2 19 2007 - 2023
Burundi 9.1 20 2007 - 2023
Cambodia 9.1 21 2007 - 2023
Chad 9.1 22 2007 - 2023
G.-Bissau 9.1 23 2007 - 2023
Nicaragua 9.1 24 2007 - 2023
Palestine 9.1 25 2021 - 2023
R. of Congo 9.1 26 2007 - 2023
Russia 9.1 27 2007 - 2023
Uzbekistan 9 28 2007 - 2023
C.A. Republic 8.9 29 2007 - 2023
Laos 8.9 30 2007 - 2023
Zimbabwe 8.9 31 2007 - 2023
Cameroon 8.8 32 2007 - 2023
Djibouti 8.8 33 2007 - 2023
Swaziland 8.8 34 2007 - 2023
Egypt 8.6 35 2007 - 2023
Mali 8.6 36 2007 - 2023
Kazakhstan 8.4 37 2007 - 2023
Iraq 8.3 38 2007 - 2023
Ethiopia 8.2 39 2007 - 2023
Kyrgyzstan 8.2 40 2007 - 2023
Nigeria 8.2 41 2007 - 2023
Uganda 8.2 42 2007 - 2023
Angola 8.1 43 2007 - 2023
China 8.1 44 2007 - 2023
Gabon 8.1 45 2007 - 2023
Bahrain 8 46 2007 - 2023
Comoros 8 47 2007 - 2023
Georgia 8 48 2007 - 2023
Sri Lanka 8 49 2007 - 2023
Vietnam 8 50 2007 - 2023
Mauritania 7.8 51 2007 - 2023
Brunei 7.7 52 2007 - 2023
Lebanon 7.7 53 2007 - 2023
Algeria 7.6 54 2007 - 2023
Cuba 7.6 55 2007 - 2023
Saudi Arabia 7.6 56 2007 - 2023
Togo 7.6 57 2007 - 2023
Bangladesh 7.5 58 2007 - 2023
Ivory Coast 7.5 59 2007 - 2023
Malawi 7.5 60 2007 - 2023
Thailand 7.5 61 2007 - 2023
Burkina Faso 7.4 62 2007 - 2023
Pakistan 7.4 63 2007 - 2023
Kenya 7.3 64 2007 - 2023
Peru 7.3 65 2007 - 2023
Turkey 7.3 66 2007 - 2023
Kuwait 7.2 67 2007 - 2023
Oman 7.2 68 2007 - 2023
Brazil 7.1 69 2007 - 2023
Mozambique 7.1 70 2007 - 2023
Jordan 6.9 71 2007 - 2023
Maldives 6.9 72 2007 - 2023
Tanzania 6.9 73 2007 - 2023
Guatemala 6.8 74 2007 - 2023
Honduras 6.8 75 2007 - 2023
Morocco 6.8 76 2007 - 2023
Philippines 6.8 77 2007 - 2023
Madagascar 6.7 78 2007 - 2023
Rwanda 6.7 79 2007 - 2023
Zambia 6.7 80 2007 - 2023
Nepal 6.6 81 2007 - 2023
Niger 6.6 82 2007 - 2023
Malaysia 6.5 83 2007 - 2023
Bolivia 6.4 84 2007 - 2023
Bosnia & Herz. 6.4 85 2007 - 2023
Ecuador 6.4 86 2007 - 2023
Gambia 6.4 87 2007 - 2023
Paraguay 6.4 88 2007 - 2023
Qatar 6.4 89 2007 - 2023
Ukraine 6.4 90 2007 - 2023
UA Emirates 6.4 91 2007 - 2023
Armenia 6.3 92 2007 - 2023
Mexico 6.3 93 2007 - 2023
Spain 6.3 94 2007 - 2023
Hungary 6.2 95 2007 - 2023
Liberia 6.2 96 2007 - 2023
Solomon Isl. 6.2 97 2007 - 2023
Fiji 6.1 98 2007 - 2023
South Africa 6.1 99 2007 - 2023
Greece 5.8 100 2007 - 2023
Papua N.G. 5.7 101 2007 - 2023
Tunisia 5.7 102 2007 - 2023
Serbia 5.6 103 2007 - 2023
Sierra Leone 5.5 104 2007 - 2023
Domin. Rep. 5.4 105 2007 - 2023
Benin 5.3 106 2007 - 2023
Colombia 5.3 107 2007 - 2023
El Salvador 5.2 108 2007 - 2023
Albania 5 109 2007 - 2023
Lesotho 4.9 110 2007 - 2023
Moldova 4.9 111 2007 - 2023
Indonesia 4.7 112 2007 - 2023
India 4.5 113 2007 - 2023
North Macedonia 4.5 114 2007 - 2023
Chile 4.4 115 2007 - 2023
Guyana 4.4 116 2007 - 2023
Romania 4.4 117 2007 - 2023
Cyprus 4.2 118 2007 - 2023
Jamaica 4.2 119 2007 - 2023
USA 4.2 120 2007 - 2023
Micronesia 4.1 121 2007 - 2023
Samoa 4.1 122 2007 - 2023
Mongolia 4 123 2007 - 2023
Suriname 4 124 2007 - 2023
Czechia 3.9 125 2007 - 2023
Montenegro 3.9 126 2007 - 2023
S.T.&Principe 3.8 127 2007 - 2023
Grenada 3.7 128 2007 - 2023
Panama 3.7 129 2007 - 2023
Poland 3.7 130 2007 - 2023
Senegal 3.7 131 2007 - 2023
Singapore 3.7 132 2007 - 2023
Ant.& Barb. 3.6 133 2007 - 2023
UK 3.6 134 2007 - 2023
Bulgaria 3.5 135 2007 - 2023
Cape Verde 3.5 136 2007 - 2023
Seychelles 3.5 137 2007 - 2023
Tr.&Tobago 3.5 138 2007 - 2023
Argentina 3.4 139 2007 - 2023
Belize 3.4 140 2007 - 2023
Israel 3.3 141 2007 - 2023
Ghana 3.2 142 2007 - 2023
Slovakia 3.2 143 2007 - 2023
Namibia 3.1 144 2007 - 2023
Malta 2.9 145 2007 - 2023
Bhutan 2.8 146 2007 - 2023
Botswana 2.5 147 2007 - 2023
South Korea 2.4 148 2007 - 2023
Croatia 2.3 149 2007 - 2023
Mauritius 2.3 150 2007 - 2023
Italy 2 151 2007 - 2023
Bahamas 1.8 152 2007 - 2023
Latvia 1.8 153 2007 - 2023
Slovenia 1.4 154 2007 - 2023
Barbados 1.2 155 2007 - 2023
Costa Rica 1.2 156 2007 - 2023
Lithuania 1.2 157 2007 - 2023
Estonia 1 158 2007 - 2023
France 1 159 2007 - 2023
Belgium 0.8 160 2007 - 2023
Portugal 0.8 161 2007 - 2023
Germany 0.7 162 2007 - 2023
Austria 0.6 163 2007 - 2023
Ireland 0.5 164 2007 - 2023
New Zealand 0.5 165 2007 - 2023
Sweden 0.5 166 2007 - 2023
Australia 0.4 167 2007 - 2023
Canada 0.4 168 2007 - 2023
Finland 0.4 169 2007 - 2023
Iceland 0.4 170 2007 - 2023
Norway 0.4 171 2007 - 2023
Uruguay 0.4 172 2007 - 2023
Denmark 0.3 173 2007 - 2023
Japan 0.3 174 2007 - 2023
Luxembourg 0.3 175 2007 - 2023
Netherlands 0.3 176 2007 - 2023
Switzerland 0.3 177 2007 - 2023



Definition: The State legitimacy indicator considers the representativeness and openness of government and its relationship with its citizenry. The indicator looks at the population’s level of confidence in state institutions and processes, and assesses the effects where that confidence is absent, manifested through mass public demonstrations, sustained civil disobedience, or the rise of armed insurgencies. The higher the value of the index, the lower the country's legitimacy.
10.00
9.90
9.90
9.80
9.80
9.80
9.80
9.70
9.70
9.60
9.60
9.60
9.40
9.40
9.40
9.40
9.30
9.30
9.20
9.10
9.10
9.10
9.10
9.10
9.10
9.10
9.10
9.00
8.90
8.90
8.90
8.80
8.80
8.80
8.60
8.60
8.40
8.30
8.20
8.20
8.20
8.20
8.10
8.10
8.10
8.00
8.00
8.00
8.00
8.00
7.80
7.70
7.70
7.60
7.60
7.60
7.60
7.50
7.50
7.50
7.50
7.40
7.40
7.30
7.30
7.30
7.20
7.20
7.10
7.10
6.90
6.90
6.90
6.80
6.80
6.80
6.80
6.70
6.70
6.70
6.60
6.60
6.50
6.40
6.40
6.40
6.40
6.40
6.40
6.40
6.40
6.30
6.30
6.30
6.20
6.20
6.20
6.10
6.10
5.80
5.70
5.70
5.60
5.50
5.40
5.30
5.30
5.20
5.00
4.90
4.90
4.70
4.50
4.50
4.40
4.40
4.40
4.20
4.20
4.20
4.10
4.10
4.00
4.00
3.90
3.90
3.80
3.70
3.70
3.70
3.70
3.70
3.60
3.60
3.50
3.50
3.50
3.50
3.40
3.40
3.30
3.20
3.20
3.10
2.90
2.80
2.50
2.40
2.30
2.30
2.00
1.80
1.80
1.40
1.20
1.20
1.20
1.00
1.00
0.80
0.80
0.70
0.60
0.50
0.50
0.50
0.40
0.40
0.40
0.40
0.40
0.40
0.30
0.30
0.30
0.30
0.30
0
2.5
5
7.5
10
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