Freedom Index

Finally, a Tool for Identifying the Most Free Country in the World

"The man who knows what freedom means will find a way to be free."
-F.A. "Baldy" Harper

"Where liberty dwells, there is my country."
-Benjamin Franklin


Update 11/8/12: Now using 2012 data.  Please report any bugs.
Note: You must select one or more preferences using the pulldown controls below or you'll only see an alphabetical list of countries with zero scores.
Note: To remove nations with incomplete data from a ranking, use at least one "Crucial" setting (i.e., if you're getting lots of "--" results at the top of your list).
Property rights (Source: Heritage Foundation Fiscal Freedom Index 2012)
Freedom to keep what you earn (Source: Heritage Foundation Fiscal Freedom Index 2012)
Freedom of expression and belief (Source: Freedom House Freedom in the World index 2012)
Small government (Source: Heritage Foundation Fiscal Freedom Index 2012)
Freedom from restrictions on ownership and use of firearms (Source: Free Existence Gun Freedom Index 2011)
Freedom from restrictions on possession and use of recreational drugs (Source: Free Existence Drug Freedom Index 2011)
Freedom from corruption (Source: Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2010)
Relative inflation rates (Source: Heritage Foundation Fiscal Freedom Index 2012)
Freedom to open, operate, and close a business (Source: Heritage Foundation Business Freedom Index 2012)
When checked, sorts list in ascending order instead of descending order
Property rights: Drug rights:
Freedom from taxes: Freedom from corruption:
Freedom of expression: Freedom from inflation:
Limited government: Business freedom:
Gun rights: Display options: Reverse sort

 

Note: Dynamic sorting using the pulldowns above requires JavaScript to be enabled.

Click here to view the Freedom Index FAQ and sources used. You can also download the latest raw meta-index data in Excel (.xls) format or OpenOffice (.ods) format.  You can also download 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008 data.


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