Democracy index ranks Taiwan 1st in Asia

04 February, 2021

Courtesy of ICRT

Taiwan has jumped 20 places in the 2020 Democracy Index rankings to 11th place globally from 31st in 2019 and now ranks top in Asia - that, according to the latest report by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Describing Taiwan as a beacon of democracy in Asia, the report says that the country's spectacular rise reflects a consolidation of positive political and legal development in recent years.

The global average score in the 2020 Democracy Index hit an all-time low, falling from 5.44 in 2019 to 5.37 - and that was the worst global score since the index was first produced in 2006.

Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea took the top three spots in Asia, moving from the "flawed democracy" category to be classified as "full democracies."

The top five places in the global democracy rankings were occupied by Norway, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, and Canada.

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