Bulgaria is the least free country in the EU after Hungary. This is according to the organization’s report on the state of freedom and rights around the world. The survey covers 210 countries and territories.
Bulgaria has a score of 79 out of 100. For political rights, the score is 33 out of a possible 40. When it comes to civil liberties, the performance is worse – 46 out of a possible 60. The ranking is the same as last year – 79.
100 out of 100 has three countries. Without particular surprises, they are Scandinavian – Norway, Finland and Sweden.
Hungary is the only EU country still defined as partially free with a score of 66.
We are equal to the Seychelles and South Africa, also with 79. Closest to the Bulgarian result are also Ghana and Jamaica – with 80 each, Israel and Namibia with 77. Exotic places such as the island of Mauritius – 85, Panama – 83 and Micronesia – 92, Cape Verde – 92, etc. are “freer” according to the ranking.
Despite the EC’s constant criticism, Poland has 83 points, the same figure as Romania.
Global freedom continues to decline, marking the 17th year in a row. Russia’s aggression in Ukraine leads to gross violations of human rights and atrocities, Freedom House points out.
The good news is that it is almost even between countries that are improving and those that are getting worse. 34 countries have made progress, 35 are going in the opposite direction to the deterioration. Two countries – Colombia and Lesotho – are the best performers, moving from “partly free” to “free”.
Yet the world is significantly freer today than it was 50 years ago, when Freedom House published its first annual report. In 1973, 44 out of 148 countries were defined as free. Today, 84 out of 195 end up in that column.
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