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Economic freedom: Top 20 nations, India falls to 111!

Last updated on: September 26, 2012 11:44 IST

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India scores a dismal 111th rank in terms of economic freedom, behind countries like China, Nepal and Bangladesh, according to a global study of 144 nations.

India's ranking has fallen from 103rd position last year. The annual ranking, titled 'Economic Freedom of the World: 2012', by Canada-based public policy think-tank, Fraser Institute, in cooperation with independent institutes in 90 nations and territories, and claims to measure the degree to which the policies and institutions of countries support economic freedom.

The index published in Economic Freedom of the World measures the degree to which the policies and institutions of countries are supportive of economic freedom.

The cornerstones of economic freedom are personal choice, voluntary exchange, freedom to compete, and security of privately owned property.

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Image: A man stands in front of closed shops during a nationwide strike in Kolkata.
Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters.

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Hong Kong retains the highest rating for economic freedom.

Hong Kong (Rank 1)
Score: 8.90

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Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters.

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Singapore (Rank 2)

Score: 8.69

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Image: Foreign visitors walk down the stairs on the waterfront facing Hong Kong's financial Central district.
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters.
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New Zealand (Rank 3)

Score: 8.36

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Image: People look at exchange rates displayed at the NZ Stock Exchange in Wellington.
Photographs: Anthony Phelps/Reuters.
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Switzerland (Rank 4)

Score: 8.24

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Australia (Rank 5)

Score: 7.97

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Canada (Rank 6)

Score: 7.97

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Image: Distillery District, Toronto, Canada.
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Bahrain (Rank 7)

Score: 7.94

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Photographs: Navin Shetty Brahmavar/Wikimedia Commons.
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Mauritius (Rank 8)

Score: 7.90

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Image: Port Louis, Mauritius.
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Finland (Rank 9)

Score: 7.88

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Chile (Rank 10)

Score: 7.84

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Photographs: Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters.
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UAE (Rank 11)

Score: 7.83

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Image: View from the observation deck of Burj Dubai Tower.
Photographs: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters.
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Ireland (Rank 12)

Score: 7.75

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United Kingdom (Rank 12)

Score: 7.75

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Estonia (Rank 14)

Score: 7.74

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Taiwan (Rank 15)

Score: 7.72

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Photographs: Reuters.
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Denmark (Rank 16)

Score: 7.71

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Qatar(Rank 17)

Score: 7.70

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Image: A view of Doha, Qatar.
Photographs: Fadi Al-Assaad/Reuters.
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United States (Rank 18)

Score: 7.69

The United States, long considered a champion of economic  freedom among large industrial nations, dropped to its lowest position ever in to the  Fraser Institute's annual Economic Freedom of the World report.

Much of this decline is a result of high spending on the part of the US  government.

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Kuwait (Rank 19)

Score: 7.66

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Cyprus (Rank 20)

Score: 7.64



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Photographs: Wikimedia Commons.
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