Cyprus ranks 36th among 152 countries as regards the Human Freedom Index (HFI).
According to the 2012 study on the HFI, which was published today, Hong Kong and Switzerland top the rankings of the index that presents the state of human freedom in the world.
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 U.S.-based Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute in Canada, and the Liberales Institut at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Germany.
The index 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 is 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 are Hong Kong, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Sweden.
Cyprus ranks 36th, Greece 46th and Turkey 62nd.
Other notable countries are Chile (ranked 18th), United States (20th), Russia (111th), China (132nd), Zimbabwe (149th), and Iran which comes in last.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY