India ranks 111 in the personal freedom index
- It noted a decrease in personal freedoms since 2008 globally.
- The index covered 76 indicators of personal, civic and economic freedom
- New Zealand was ranked one in the index, followed by Switzerland and Hong Kong.
- The three least-free countries in descending order are Venezuela, Sudan, and Syria,
- The Human Freedom Index 2020 uses data from 2008 to 2018
- It was released by the Cato Institute in the United States and Fraser Institute in Canada
- The countries that ranked in the top 10 are New Zealand, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Denmark, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Estonia, and Germany and Sweden (with the last two tied in the 9th place).
- Japan ranked 11th, the UK and the US were tied in the 17th place.
- While Syria was ranked the worst, followed by Sudan, Venezuela, Yemen and Iran.
- The index is calculated using 76 distinct indicators of personal and economic freedom in areas such as rule of law, security and safety, religion, legal system and property rights, and access to sound money.
- The global ranking covers personal, civil and economic freedom, it placed India at 111 out of 162 countries
- It ranks india’s neighbouring countries such as China- 129, bangladesh-139 and Pakistan at 140