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The Democracy Index is an index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit that claims to measure the state of democracy in 167 countries, of which 166 are sovereign states and 165 are UN member states. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index is based on 60 indicators grouped in five different categories: electoral process and pluralism, civilliberties, functioning of government, political participation and political culture. The Index was first produced in 2006, with updates produced in 2008 and 2010. The following ranking was updated in 2010.

10. Netherlands

Democracy Index : 8.99

Capital : Amsterdam

Motto: “I Will Maintain

Population : 16,691,100

GDP (Nominal) : $783.293 billion

Per Capita :  $ 47,172

Government Website

09. Canada

Democracy Index : 9.08

Capital : Ottawa

Motto: “From Sea to Sea

Population : 34,575,000

GDP (Nominal) : $ 1.574 Trillion

Per Capita :  $ 46,215

Government Website

08. Switzerland

               

Democracy Index : 9.09

Capital : Bern

Motto: “One for All, All for One

Population : 7,866,500

GDP (Nominal) : $ 512.065 Billion

Per Capita :  $ 75,835

Government Website 

 

07. Finland

 

Democracy Index : 9.19

Capital : Helsinki

Population : 5,388,417

GDP (Nominal) : $ 239.232 Billion

Per Capita :  $ 44,488

Government Website 

 

06. Australia

     

Democracy Index : 9.22

Capital : Canberra

Population : 22,699,676

GDP (Nominal) : $ 1.235 Trillion

Per Capita :  $ 55,589

Government Website   

05. New Zealand

Democracy Index : 9.26

Capital : Wellington

Population : 4,393,500

GDP (Nominal) : $ 140.434 Billion

Per Capita :  $ 32,145

Government Website

 

04. Sweden

Democracy Index : 9.50

Capital : Stockholm

Motto: “ For Sweden, With the Times

Population : 9,354,462

GDP (Nominal) : $ 443.718 Billion

Per Capita :  $ 47,934

Government Website 

 

03. Denmark

 

Democracy Index : 9.52

Capital : Copenhagen

Motto: “ God’s Help, the People’s Love, Denmark’s Strength

Population : 5,564,219

GDP (Nominal) : $ 310.760 Billion

Per Capita :  $ 56,147

Government Website

02. Iceland

Democracy Index : 9.65

Capital : Reykjavik

Population : 318,452

GDP (Nominal) : $ 12.594 Billion

Per Capita :  $ 39,025

Government Website  

01. Norway

 

Democracy Index : 9.80

Capital : Oslo

Motto: “ Everything For Norway

Population : 4,984,100

GDP (Nominal) : $ 414.462 Billion

Per Capita :  $ 84,443

Government Website