New Zealand leads the way in human freedom according to an
international index that ranks 123 countries.
The Canadian Fraser Institute has released its report
evaluating how each country measures in security and safety,
movement, expression and relationship freedoms.
New Zealand topped the index as offering the highest level of
human freedom worldwide, followed by the Netherlands and Hong
Australia came in fourth. The US ranked seventh.
The United Kingdom ranked 18th, ahead of France at 33 and
Germany, which came in 35th on the list.
The lowest-ranked countries were Zimbabwe, Burma, Pakistan,
Sri Lanka, and Syria.
The index was contained in a new book, Towards a Worldwide
Index of Human Freedom, which examined the
characteristics of freedom and how it could best be measured
and compared between different nations.
The book's editor, Fred McMahon, said the intention was to
measure the degree to which people were free to enjoy classic
civil liberties-freedom of speech, religion, individual
economic choice, and association and assembly-in each country
"We also look at indicators of crime and violence, freedom of
movement, legal discrimination against homosexuals, and
The Fraser Institute is an independent Canadian public policy
research and educational organisation .
Top 10 Countries
1. New Zealand
3. Hong Kong
7. United States of America
Bottom 10 Countries
118. Democratic Republic of Congo
120. Sri Lanka