The South American country obtained a score of 8.85 out of 10 last year, which means an increase of 0.24 points in relation to 2020, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of the British magazine.The ten countries with the highest scores in the world are Norway (with a score of 9.75), New Zealand (9.37), Finland (9.27), Sweden (9.26), Iceland (9.18), Denmark (9.09), Ireland (9.00), Taiwan (8.99), Australia (8.90) and Switzerland (8.90).
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Uruguay is followed by the Netherlands (8.88) and Canada (8.87) in 11th and 12th place.
Uruguay’s position and score make it the only “full democracy” in South America, given that Chile dropped several points from 2020 to 2021 due to the political and social turmoil in which it was involved since the massive protests of 2019, reaching 7.92 points and ranking globally 25th.Within Latin America, the other country that ranks among the strongest democracies is Costa Rica, which has a score of 8.07, placing it in 21st place.
According to the publication, the study shows that more than a third of the world’s population lives under authoritarian regimes and that only 6.4% of the world’s population lives in full democracies.The global score dropped year-on-year from 5.37 to 5.28. “The only equivalent drop since 2006 was in 2010 following the global financial crisis,” the report reads.
Source: The Economist Intelligent Unit