Last year, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, Norway was the world’s most democratic country, according to the annual democracy index. But global developments are bleak.
Norway also ended up at the top of the list in 2020. Now it got the best score in three of five categories.
New Zealand is in second place, followed by Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark.
Two major European countries are criticized in the report. Spain is described as a “democracy with shortcomings” as a result of reduced scores related to the independence of the country’s courts, following a political dispute over the appointment of judges.
Britain retains the position of “full democracy.” Still, it suffered some setbacks as a result of several scandals that have undermined confidence in the authorities.
45.7% of the world’s population lived in a country with some form of democracy last year, a decrease from 49.4% in 2020.
Only 6.4% of the world’s people lived in countries with “full democracy,” a slight decrease from 6.8% the year before.
More than a third of the world’s population, 37.1%, live in dictatorships, a small increase from 2020. The proportion of authoritarian states has increased regularly in recent years.
China is referred to in the report’s title as the “China Challenge.” The country has not become more democratic, while it has become more prosperous. On the contrary, it has become “less free” and is called an “authoritarian regime” in the report.
Source : NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayTravel
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