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Democracy Index 2021: the China challenge

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) – “Democratisation suffered more reversals in 2021, with the percentage of people living in a democracy falling to well below 50% and authoritarian regimes gaining ground. This year’s report finds that democracy experienced its biggest annual decline since 2010, when the global financial crash led to major setbacks. The index score fell for all but one region, with pandemic-related restrictions continuing to constrain individual freedoms. Alongside the full global rankings table, a regional wrap-up and a look at the key country movers, this edition of the Democracy Index also asks the question: how much of a challenge does China’s political model pose globally?…”
Top 5 Country Score:
1 Norway 9.75
2 New Zealand 9.37
3 Finland 9.27
4 Sweden 9.26
5 Iceland 9.18

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