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Thursday, 24.04.2014, 19:10
Estonia leads among Baltic countries in ''The Economist's'' global democracy rating
The index provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide for 165 independent states and two territories – this covers almost the entire population of the world and the vast majority of the world’s independent states (micro states are excluded), writes LETA.
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Index of Democracy is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture.
Latvia received its best evaluation in electoral process and pluralism, as well as civil liberties – 9.58 and 9.12 points (out of ten) respectively.
On the other hand, the Economist Intelligence Unity rated the the functioning of Latvia's government with its lowest rating – 5.36, followed by political participation – 5.56, and political culture – 5.63.
Compared to the 2008 democracy index, Latvian has slipped two places.
Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and New Zealand topped the list as the world's most democratic countries.