Published on November 30th, 2016 | by Padraic Coffey


Ireland Freest Country in European Union

Ireland has been named by the Fraser Institute’s Human Freedom Index 2016 as the freest country in the European Union, and the fourth freest country globally, of 159 ranked.

To assess its results, the Human Freedom Index uses 79 separate indicators of both personal and economic freedom in the following areas

• Rule of Law
• Security and Safety
• Movement
• Religion
• Association, Assembly, and Civil Society
• Expression
• Relationships
• Size of Government
• Legal System and Property Rights
• Access to Sound Money
• Freedom to Trade Internationally
• Regulation to Credit, Labour, and Business

Ireland came fourth on the list, behind Hong Kong, Switzerland and New Zealand in first, second and third place respectively.

The top ten were as follows:

1. Hong Kong
2. Switzerland
3. New Zealand
4. Ireland
5. Denmark
6. Canada
6. Australia
6. United Kingdom
9. Finland
10. Netherlands

Conversely, the countries with the lowest amount of freedom according to the HFI are:

150. Angola
151. Democratic Republic of Congo
152. Algeria
153. Myanmar
154. Venezuela
155. Central African Republic
156. Syria
157. Iran
158. Yemen
159. Libya


About the Author

Padraic Coffey is a freelance writer and film critic who currently lives in Vancouver, Canada. He has written for the Sunday Independent, Ireland's largest circulation newspaper, and Trinity College, Dublin, ranked in the top 100 best universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings in 2014. Additionally, his film criticism has appeared on Volta - Ireland's first VOD website - as well as sites such as Taste of Cinema, Film Jam and Head Stuff.

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