CYPRUS ranks 36th among 152 countries n the Human Freedom Index (HFI), it emerged yesterday. According to the study, Hong Kong and Switzerland top the rankings.
The index is the most comprehensive measure of freedom ever created for a large number of countries around the globe. The index is co-published by the US-based Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute in Canada, and the Liberales Institut at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Germany.
It ranks 152 countries based on 76 indicators of personal, civil, and economic freedom, using data from 2008 to 2012, the most recent year for which sufficient data was available.
The HFI captures the degree to which people are free to enjoy major liberties such as freedom of speech, religion, and association and assembly, as well as measures freedom of movement, women’s freedoms, crime and violence, and legal discrimination against same-sex relationships.
The top 10 jurisdictions in order were Hong Kong, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Sweden.
Cyprus ranked 36th, Greece 46th and Turkey 62nd.
Chile ranked 18th, the US 20th, Russia 111th, China132nd, Zimbabwe 149th, and Iran was ranked last.