Graph of the Day for January 22, 2010

"Hong Kong maintains its position as the world's freest economy, a distinction it has enjoyed for 16 consecutive years.  Singapore remains close, ranked as the world's second freest economy.  Australia and New Zealand, ranked 3rd and 4th this year, have solidified their position at the top of the rankings.  As in 2009, a total of seven economies have attained ‘free' status in the Index rankings, although the composition of this group has changed a bit, with Switzerland moving in and the United States dropping out."

The Heritage Foundation, 2010 Index of Economic Freedom.  (The US had the biggest drop in score among the 20 largest economies, and was downgraded from "free" to "mostly free.")

 Source:  Heritage Foundation, 2010 Index of Economic Freedom.


Hoven's Index for January 22, 2010


Various countries, ranked, and their freedom scores:

1.  Hong Kong:  89.7

2.  Singapore:  86.1

3.  Australia:  82.6

4.  New Zealand:  82.1

5.  Ireland:  81.3

6.  Switzerland:  81.1

7.  Canada:  80.4

8.  United States:  78.0

9.  Denmark:  77.9

10. Chile:  77.2

13.  Bahrain:  76.3

140.  China:  51.0

174.  Venezuela:  37.1

177.  Cuba:  26.7

178.  Zimbabwe:  21.4

179.  North Korea:  1.0 (lowest)


Source:  Heritage Foundation, 2010 Index of Economic Freedom.


Graph of the Day Archive.

"Hong Kong maintains its position as the world's freest economy, a distinction it has enjoyed for 16 consecutive years.  Singapore remains close, ranked as the world's second freest economy.  Australia and New Zealand, ranked 3rd and 4th this year, have solidified their position at the top of the rankings.  As in 2009, a total of seven economies have attained ‘free' status in the Index rankings, although the composition of this group has changed a bit, with Switzerland moving in and the United States dropping out."

The Heritage Foundation, 2010 Index of Economic Freedom.  (The US had the biggest drop in score among the 20 largest economies, and was downgraded from "free" to "mostly free.")

 Source:  Heritage Foundation, 2010 Index of Economic Freedom.


Hoven's Index for January 22, 2010


Various countries, ranked, and their freedom scores:

1.  Hong Kong:  89.7

2.  Singapore:  86.1

3.  Australia:  82.6

4.  New Zealand:  82.1

5.  Ireland:  81.3

6.  Switzerland:  81.1

7.  Canada:  80.4

8.  United States:  78.0

9.  Denmark:  77.9

10. Chile:  77.2

13.  Bahrain:  76.3

140.  China:  51.0

174.  Venezuela:  37.1

177.  Cuba:  26.7

178.  Zimbabwe:  21.4

179.  North Korea:  1.0 (lowest)


Source:  Heritage Foundation, 2010 Index of Economic Freedom.


Graph of the Day Archive.