The Human Freedom Index (HFI) - 2020.

The Human Freedom Index (HFI) - 2020.

A worldwide ranking of civil, economic and personal freedom, the Human Freedom Index (HFI) 2020 was released.

Human Freedom Index (HFI) was published by American think tank Cato Institute and Fraser Institute in Canada. HFI presents the state of human freedom in the world based on a broad measure that encompasses personal, civil, and economic freedom.  

The index takes into account 76 indicators of personal, civil, and economic freedoms in the following areas to rank 162 countries from 2008 to 2018. 

  • Rule of Law
  • Security and Safety
  • Movement
  • Religion
  • Association, Assembly, and Civil Society
  • Expression and Information
  • Identity and Relationships
  • Size of Government
  • Legal System and Property Rights
  • Access to Sound Money
  • Freedom to Trade Internationally
  • Regulation of Credit, Labor, and Business

The HFI is the most comprehensive freedom index so far created for a globally meaningful set of countries. The HFI covers 162 countries for 2018, the most recent year for which sufficient data are available. The index ranks countries beginning in 2008, the earliest year for which a robust enough index could be produced.

The first three spots have been bagged by New Zealand, Switzerland and Hong Kong. The United States and the United Kingdom are tied at the 17th spot on the index. War-torn Syria ranked the last on the list at 162.

Sri Lanka was placed at the 94th spot out of 162 countries.

Freedom Score by Regional Ranking - South Asia.

  • 1. Singapore
  • 2. Indonesia
  • 3. Malaysia
  • 4. Philippines
  • 5. Timor-Leste
  • 6. Cambodia
  • 7. Nepal
  • 8. Sri Lanka
  • 9. Bhutan
  • 10. India
  • 11. Thailand
  • 12. Vietnam
  • 13. Lao PDR
  • 14. Brunei Darussalam
  • 15. Bangladesh
  • 16. Pakistan
  • 17. Myanmar
The institutes noted that the world has seen a notable decline in personal freedom since 2008.


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