Economy

The World's Worst Country

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As parts of the world fall into chaos, picking the worst country based on headlines would be easy. It probably would be Russia, with China trailing just behind. However, the Economist Intelligence Unit has built a more sophisticated way to measure the world’s worst countries. The analysis is called “Democracy Index 2022.” The worst country, according to the analysis, is Zimbabwe. (Click here to see the most ruthless rulers in history.)
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The yardsticks used to rank the countries go well beyond those used to look at democracy and, therefore, paint a much broader picture of the nations. The electoral process is one measure. Others are the functioning of government, political participation, political culture, and civil liberties.

Democracy is not widespread. “According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s measure of democracy, almost half of the world’s population live in a democracy of some sort (45.3%),” says the report. And, “More than one-third of the world’s population live under authoritarian rule (36.9%), with a large share of them being in China and Russia.”


To get a sense of the ranking, the top nation, Norway, has a score of 9.81, followed by New Zealand at 9.61. The top of the list is mostly Scandinavian countries. The world average is 5.29. Zimbabwe’s figure is 2.92.

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