Human Freedom Index

The Human Freedom Index is a measurement of personal, civil and economic freedom.


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The recently released report by the Cato Institute, measures the Human Freedom per country over 2018. On a scale form 0 to 10, countries were judged on the following areas:

• 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

Interesting is the high score Hong Kong receives. The countries are indexed over the year 2018. The 2019 and 2020 Hong Kong protests and the security law implemented by Beijing, are not included in the study yet. This is what the Cato Institute had to say about Hong Kong:

Given the relationship between freedom and democracy, Hong Kong’s high ranking in our index may be somewhat unexpected. […]
Because this year’s report is based on data through 2018, however, it does not reflect the impact of Beijing’s more egregious interventions in 2019 and 2020, such as its imposition of a draconian security law that undermines Hong Kong’s traditional freedoms. The data in future reports will speak for themselves, but we will be surprised if Hong Kong’s freedoms are not noticeably degraded, especially in the areas of freedom of expression, the rule of law, and freedom of association, assembly, and civil society.

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