Ukraine ranks 83rd in Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index 2017
Ukraine ranked 83rd in the Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index 2017.
Ukraine's overall score is 5.69, the Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda reported.
Ukraine shares its place with Montenegro, according to the ranking.
Read alsoUkraine 12 points ahead of Russia in World Justice Project's Rule of Law IndexThe Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Based on their scores on 60 indicators within these categories, each country is then itself classified as one of four types of regime: full democracy; flawed democracy; hybrid regime; and authoritarian regime.
Ukraine was classified as a "hybrid regime." Its score in the "electoral process and pluralism" category is 6.17 points, 6.67 in the "political participation", 6.25 in "political culture," and 6.18 in "civil liberties."
Ukraine received the least points in the "functioning of government" category – only 3.21. As it can be seen from the rating, if the indicator "functioning of government" had been higher, the average score of Ukraine would have exceeded 6, and it would have been classified as a "flawed democracy" rather than a "hybrid regime."
In 2016 and 2015, Ukraine had a higher score, which was 5.7, and it was 6.94 in 2006 and 2008.
Norway ranked first in the Democracy Index with 9.87 points in 2017. The last 167 place was occupied by North Korea with 1.08 points. Slovakia (44th place), Poland (53rd), Hungary (56th), Romania (64th) and Georgia (79th) were ahead of Ukraine.
Russia (135th place), Belarus (138th) and Kazakhstan (141st) are designated as "authoritarian regimes."
The report also includes the media freedom ranking for 2017. According to it, Ukraine received 6 points out of 10 and its media freedom status is "largely unfree."
Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and the United States have the highest score (10) and their media freedom status is "fully free."
Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, North Korea, Syria, Turkey, and Uzbekistan have the lowest score (0).