International Rule of Law Statistics 2 of 2

Color Coding Key
GREEN Ranked 1st for statistic
RED Ranked last for statistic

The World Justice Project report indicates that the United States is far behind other modern nations like Sweden and the Netherlands in maintaining a relevant and applicable rule of law among its government, the public, and other nongovernmental influences. Other indices have also been added in which Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands also often lead.

  Freedom of the Press Index Press Freedom Index Transparency and Corruption Democracy Index Satisfaction with freedom of choice (%) Trust in government (%) Governance ranking
Australia 21 15.24 85 9.22 91 53 7
Canada 20 12.69 84 9.08 94 55 8
Denmark 12 7.08 90 9.52 93 47 3
France 22 21.60 71 7.88 90 38 19
Germany 17 10.24 79 8.34 89 43 17
Italy 33 26.11 42 7.74 55 26 40
Japan 24 25.17 74 8.08 78 23 21
Netherlands 11 6.48 84 8.99 91 60 10
Norway 10 6.52 85 9.93 93 54 12
Sweden 10 9.23 88 9.73 93 64 4
United Kingdom 21 16.89 74 8.21 90 49 9
United States 18 18.22 73 8.11 85 38 13


View Freedom of the Press IndexView Graphical Data

2013, Freedom House. Based on the evaluation of three scores evaluating press freedoms as supported by and observed through the legal, political, and economic envrionments.

View World Press Freedom IndexView Graphical Data

For 2013. Observes violent and other forms of abuse concerning journalists, state's responsibility in abusive incidenets, state response in combating abuses, censorship, self-censorship, and media legislation.

View Corruption Perception Index from Transparency InternationalView Graphical Data

2012. Based on the perception of corruption (purportedly a time-tested method) in 176 countries' public sector; accounts for bribery of public officials, kickbacks, embezzlement of public funds, among other factors.

View Democracy Index from EIUView Graphical Data

For 2012. Based on the following categories: electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, the functioning of government, political participation, and political culture.

View HDR 2013

Satisfaction with freedom of choice View Graphical Data

Percentage of respondents answering "yes" to the Gallup World Poll question, "In this country, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with your freedom to choose what you do with your life?" for most recent year (2007-11).

Trust in government View Graphical Data

Percentage of respondents answering "yes" to the Gallup World Poll question, "In this country, do you have confidence in the national government?" for most recent year (2007-11).

View Legatum Prosperity Index

Governance ranking, for 2013. Legatum Prosperity Index. Objective is to answer question, "What are the government institutions and types of government functions that are related to higher per capita income and higher levels of wellbeing?" Uses the following wealth indicators (ordered by weight): government stability, government effectiveness, rule of law, regulation, separation of powers, political rights, government type, and political constraints; and the following well-being indicators (ordered by weight): efforts to address poverty, confidence in the judicial system, business and government corruption, government effectiveness, rule of law, regulation, environmental preservation, separation of powers, governmental approval, voiced concern, confidence in military, and confidence in honesty of elections.


The Rule of Law Index does not give one overall score as the term "index" might indicate; rather, it is based on the 9 factors described, above.

The World Audit Website has compiled statistics relevant to Rule of Law such as those concerned with civil liberties and political rights; however, these statistics aren't included on this site due to the proximity of scores by countries evaluated here (all countries on this site score within one point of each ohter)