MACEDONIA'S DEMOCRACY RANKED 68TH
Macedonia's democracy is ranked 68th according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey of 167 countries.
The EIU's democracy index, grades countries on a scale of 0-10 based on 60 questions clustered in five categories: free elections, civil liberties, functioning government, political participation, and political culture. The report classifies countries with scores of 8 to 10 as "full democracies;" 6 to 7.9 as "flawed democracies;" 4 to 5.9 as "hybrid regimes;" and below 4 as "authoritarian regimes."
Macedonia finds itself in the "flawed democracies" section just under Colombia and above Honduras. There are 5 European countries behind Macedonia, in the "hybrid democracy"; Albania (83), Bih (87), Turkey (88) and Russia (102) while Belarus is in the "authoritarian regime" section at the 128th place.
Sweden, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway and Denmark have the best democracies with an overall score of 9.5 and above while Chad, Central Africa and North Korea are the least democratic countries.
MD: The other Balkan countries; "full democracies", Greece (22) and Slovenia (27). "flawed democracies" Bulgaria (49),Romania (50), Croatia (51), Serbia (55) and Montenegro (58).