Norway is considered the most democratic country in the world, with New Zealand appearing in the top 10
as the only non-European country. Following Norway are Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland and Austria.
The U.S., famous for promoting democracy in other countries, only ranked
fifteenth in the list. The U.K. ranked thirteenth and France seventeenth. The three lowest ranked countries were Yemen, Libya and Syria.
The Democracy Ranking
evaluates countries by applying "the following conceptual formula: Quality of Democracy = (freedom & other characteristics of the political system) & (performance of the non-political dimensions). The non-political dimensions are: gender, economy, knowledge, health, and the environment."