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Is America the freest country in the world?

Asked by Charles (4815points) December 30th, 2011

There are many freedom indices. Some of which are:
1. Index of Economic Freedom
http://www.heritage.org/index/ranking.aspx
Hong Kong is no. 1. Singapore is no. 2.

2. Economic Freedom of the World Index
Hong Kong is again no. 1 (8.94), compared to Singapore (8.57), no. 2.
http://www.freetheworld.com/release.html

3. Freedom in the World (by Freedom House)
Singapore scores 5 for political rights, 4 for civil liberties. It is only classified as “partly free”. Many others are classified “free”.
http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=22&year=2009&country=7700

Report:
http://www.freedomhouse.org/uploads/fiw09/FIW09_Tables&GraphsForWeb.pdf

3. Worldwide Press Freedom Index

Rank #1 is Iceland.
http://www.rsf.org/en-classement794-2008.html

4. Index of Democracy
Rank #1 is Sweden.
http://a330.g.akamai.net/7/330/25828/20081021185552/graphics.eiu.com/PDF/Democracy%20Index%202008.pdf

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