The influential British business and world affairs magazine ''The Economist'' has compiled its global democracy index, with Latvia ranked 48th in the world and described as a ''democracy with flaws''. Out of the three Baltic states, Estonia is rated highest, and is in 33rd place. Estonia has moved up four places in the index since 2008. On the other hand, Lithuania is 41st in the latest democracy index, one spot below its 42nd position in the 2008 index.
The index provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide for 165 independent states and two territories – this covers almost the entire population of the world and the vast majority of the world’s independent states (micro states are excluded), writes LETA.
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Index of Democracy is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture.
Latvia received its best evaluation in electoral process and pluralism, as well as civil liberties – 9.58 and 9.12 points (out of ten) respectively.
On the other hand, the Economist Intelligence Unity rated the the functioning of Latvia's government with its lowest rating – 5.36, followed by political participation – 5.56, and political culture – 5.63.
Compared to the 2008 democracy index, Latvian has slipped two places.
Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and New Zealand topped the list as the world's most democratic countries.