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Taiwan ranked Asia's 3rd most democratic country; world's 35th

Taiwan ranked Asia's 3rd most democratic country; world's 35th

Taipei, March 20 (CNA) Taiwan's democracy ranking improved two spots in the 2012 Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU's) Democracy Index from the 2011 index to 35th in the world and 3rd in Asia. The report shows that Taiwan had an overall score of 7.57 in 2012, up from 7.46 in 2011, marking the country's first improvement since the U.K.-based think tank published the first report for the 2006 index in 2007. Taiwan was ranked 32nd in the first index, 33rd in 2008, 36th in 2010 and 37th in 2011. No reports were published for 2007 or 2009. The index is based on five categories -- electoral process and pluralism, the functioning of government, political culture, civil liberties and political participation. Taiwan scored the same in the first four categories as last time, but scored an improved 6.11 out of a possible 10 in the political participation category in 2012, up from 5.56 the previous year. According to the report, Taiwan is one of 54 countries that fall into the index's "flawed democracies" category, the same as Hong Kong, which is ranked 63rd in the world. Only 25 countries, representing 11.3 percent of the global population, are ranked as "full democracies," 37 states are "hybrid regimes" and 51 are categorized as "authoritarian regimes." Japan (23rd) and South Korea (20th) are the only two Asian countries among the 25 full democracies. According to the report, the world's democracy was at a standstill as there was neither significant progress nor regression in democracy in 2012. Average regional scores that year were very similar to scores in 2011, it noted. The most democratic country in the world is Norway, followed by Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and New Zealand, according to the EIU's 2012 democracy index. (By Ann Chen)


Updated : 2021-03-07 14:33 GMT+08:00