Democracy Index ranks Taiwan 3rd in Asia, 32nd globally

Taiwan is third in Asia and 32nd among 167 countries and territories around the world in the Democracy Index 2018 released Jan. 9 by London-based Economist Intelligence Unit.
Climbing one spot from the previous edition, Taiwan received an overall score of 7.73 out of 10 to finish ahead of regional neighbors Malaysia, 52nd; Singapore, 66th; and Hong Kong, 73rd, and trail South Korea, 21st; and Japan, 22nd. Norway, Iceland and Sweden topped the list, in that order.
The report assesses countries and territories based on 60 indicators grouped into five main categories: civil liberties; electoral process and pluralism; functioning of government; political participation; and political culture.
Taiwan received high scores of 9.58 and 9.12 for electoral process and pluralism and civil liberties, respectively.
In response to the survey, President Tsai Ing-wen wrote on her official Twitter account the following day that as the leader of a young and vibrant democracy, she was honored to work with the 23 million people of Taiwan in safeguarding the values that shape the national identity.
Taiwan is widely recognized as a beacon of freedom, democracy and human rights in the Asia-Pacific. It was the highest-ranked Asian nation for the sixth consecutive year in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index released last April by Paris-headquartered Reporters Without Borders, and was listed as “free” for the 20th consecutive year in the annual Freedom in the World report by U.S.-based nongovernmental organization Freedom House last January. (KWS-E)
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