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Romania
A runoff vote is expected in Romania after none of the 12 candidates won outright in the first round of the presidential election. Read more on Romania in Nations in Transit 2009: Romania

Angola
Angola's President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has called for a crackdown on government corruption. Read more at Freedom in the World 2009: Angola

Vietnam
Vietnamese officials have denied they are deliberately blocking access to social networking site Facebook. Read more about Vietnam in Freedom in the World 2009: Vietnam

Sri Lanka
Political parties representing Sri Lanka’s minority Tamils and Muslims are holding talks in Switzerland, the first since the country’s conflict ended in May. Read more about Sri Lanka in Freedom in the World 2009: Sri Lanka

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Combined Average Ratings: Independent Countries 2009

2009 Edition
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1.0
Andorra
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Barbados
Belgium
Canada
Cape Verde
Chile
Costa Rica
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Kiribati
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
Nauru
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Palau
Poland
Portugal
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
San Marino
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tuvalu
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
 
1.5
Belize
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Israel
Italy
Japan
Latvia
Monaco
Panama
St. Vincent
and the Grenadines
South Korea
Taiwan

2.0
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Benin
Botswana
Brazil
Bulgaria
Croatia
Dominican Republic
Mauritius
Mongolia
Namibia
Romania
Samoa
Sao Tome and Principe
South Africa
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Vanuatu
 
2.5
El Salvador
Guyana
India
Indonesia
Jamaica
Lesotho
Mali
Mexico
Peru
Serbia
Ukraine
 
PARTLY FREE
 
3.0
Albania
Bolivia
Ecuador
Honduras
Macedonia
Montenegro
Mozambique
Paraguay
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Turkey
Zambia

3.5
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Colombia
Comoros
East Timor
Guatemala
Kenya
Liberia
Madagascar
Nicaragua
Niger
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Solomon Islands
Tanzania
 
4.0
Bangladesh
Burkina Faso
Georgia
Guinea-Bissau
Kuwait
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Moldova
Nepal
Sri Lanka
Tonga
Venezuela
 
4.5
Bhutan
Burundi
The Gambia
Haiti
Kyrgyzstan
Lebanon
Morocco
Nigeria
Pakistan
Singapore
Thailand
Uganda
 
5.0
Armenia
Bahrain
Central African Republic
Djibouti
Ethiopia
Fiji
Gabon
Jordan
Togo
Yemen

NOT FREE
 
5.5
Afghanistan
Algeria
Angola
Azerbaijan
Brunei
Cambodia
Congo (Brazzaville)
Cote d’Ivoire
Egypt
Kazakhstan
Mauritania
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Rwanda
Tajikistan
United Arab Emirates
 
6.0
Cameroon
Congo (Kinshasa)
Guinea
Iran
Iraq
Swaziland
Tunisia
Vietnam
 
6.5
Belarus
Chad
China
Cuba
Eritrea
Laos
Saudi Arabia
Syria
Zimbabwe
 
7.0
Burma
Equatorial Guinea
Libya
North Korea
Somalia
Sudan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
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