Top 10 Most Democratic Asian Countries

Name the countries of Asia that score the highest in terms of democracy by the magazine "The Economist".
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Quiz by Aaron197
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Last updated: July 9, 2019
First submittedJuly 6, 2019
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Country
8.00
South Korea
7.99
Japan
7.79
Israel
7.73
Taiwan
7.59
Cyprus
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Country
7.23
India
7.19
East Timor
6.88
Malaysia
6.72
Philippines
6.50
Mongolia
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Level ∞
Jul 9, 2019
Really surprised by Mongolia!
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Level 70
Aug 4, 2019
Mongolia may have had the most successful post-Soviet democratic transition of all time!
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Level 59
Aug 4, 2019
That title would go to the Baltic states.
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Level 62
Aug 4, 2019
Mongolia was never part of the Soviet Union
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Level 69
Aug 4, 2019
The Soviet tanks and widespread use of Russian in Mongolia are somewhat to the contrary. But, it's true, like the Warsaw Pact nations, Mongolia was not technically part of the Soviet Union.
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Level 59
Sep 4, 2019
Mongolia wasn't part of the USSR but it was a puppet state.
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Level 44
Aug 5, 2019
I visited Mongolia when I was backpacking across Asia and remember it being the first time in about 6 months I didn't have to use a VPN to access social media, after the Cambodia/Vietnam/China swathe of censorship.
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Level 79
Jul 9, 2019
I think I'd rather live under Singapore's government than under the Philippines'.
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Level 79
Jul 10, 2019
Singapore is arguably a much nicer place to live, and you are less likely to get gunned down by a government hit squad on trumped up drug trafficking charges there, but most of the time and in most places you are not going to feel the presence of the Filipino government in the Philippines much at all. The same isn't true for Singapore. So maybe this depends on how you feel about government generally, but if you're implying that the Philippines' government is more oppressive or obtrusive that's odd.
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Level 69
Aug 4, 2019
I dunno, throwing drug users out of helicopters seems pretty obtrusive
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Level 79
Aug 4, 2019
I've spent about 2 or 3 years in total in the Philippines and never once been thrown out of a helicopter.
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Level 38
Aug 4, 2019
I feel like while many countries are corrupt (though perhaps not as badly as the Philippines), Singapore is second to none in terms of taking liberty away from its citizens, one of a few countries I wouldn't live in due to government, as well as China.
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Level 65
Jul 9, 2019
Mongolia was my first thought, then Japan, South Korea and RoC.
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Level 71
Jul 10, 2019
Tried to type China just for fun.hahaha I know it's rated like 3 points
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Level 82
Jul 10, 2019
Number 11 is Indonesia and 12 is Singapore. Outside of lack of leniency in sentencing which is the ultimate in democracy and lack of privacy in public areas I know of nothing repressive in Singapore. Especially compared the systematic abuses to various groups that Indonesia has exhibited in the past 30 to 40 years.
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Level 49
Aug 4, 2019
It's a one party state protected by gerrymandering, censorship and prosecution of rivals.
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Level 67
Jul 10, 2019
It's sad when an oppressive regime (Israel) is considered one of the "most democratic" countries.
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Level 79
Jul 10, 2019
It's sad when one of the most democratic countries in Asia is considered an "oppressive regime."
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Level 72
Jul 10, 2019
You both sounded sad.
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Level 69
Aug 4, 2019
Do you think of the other countries in the middle east as having apartheid? Why not? Do you think Arabs in Israel are treated worse than Jews in Iran/Iraq/Egypt/Syria etc.?
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Level 47
Aug 4, 2019
Israel has apartheid because it has a class of noncitizens restricted to a tiny, discontinuous territory that lacks the resources to support itself. Apartheid doesn't refer to the treatment as such, but to the legal status of the persecuted group. And in that sense the Palestinian Territories are almost exactly like the bantustans of South Africa.
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Level 66
Jul 11, 2019
If the majority votes for an oppressive regime and they get an oppressive regime: that is democracy. This quiz does not claim that democratic countries are better in respecting human rights than non-democratic.
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Level 69
Aug 4, 2019
It's funny, not sad, when people think that the country in the middle-east with the most respect for the rights of women, gays, and criminal defendants, the country with the greatest rule of law, and the country with the greatest range of civil rights is considered an oppressive regime. Do you judge any of Israel's neighbors--really, any country in a 1500 km radius--by the same standards?
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Level 79
Jul 10, 2019
Time limit for once seems to fit the size of the quiz. I couldn't just name every country in Asia. I ended up missing Mongolia and East Timor. Kind of surprised Singapore doesn't make the list. Top 6 are all obvious.
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Level 68
Jul 20, 2019
Exactly the same as me.
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Level 72
Jul 10, 2019
East Timor is a failed state...
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Level 51
Aug 8, 2019
Thanks Australia
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Level 43
Jul 10, 2019
Good quiz, Aaron. Some "obvious" surprises though.
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Level 79
Jul 12, 2019
To the misled or underinformed, I guess all factual information comes as potentially surprising.
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Level 66
Jul 11, 2019
these scores are out of how many possible points?
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Level 65
Jul 11, 2019
Out of 10 complete points.
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Level 70
Jul 14, 2019
Bit more time I think please
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Level 54
Aug 4, 2019
Yay! South Korea has the most democratic government in ASIA!
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Level 52
Aug 4, 2019
Most of these countries are so far from democratic, that it shows how undemocratic the rest of Asia is.
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Level 67
Aug 4, 2019
For comparison, the US has a 7.96 on this scale, and the UK has an 8.53. The top country is Norway, with 9.87, and the bottom country is, unsurprisingly, North Korea with 1.08.
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Level 37
Aug 4, 2019
I imagine the USA loses points for gerrymandering, corruption
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Level 56
Aug 4, 2019
When did we start considering Cyprus part of Asia? Surely, it's in Europe. It was always considered a European country when I was growing up. The Republic of Cyprus has even joined the EU. What are the arguments for classifying it as an Asian country?
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Level 69
Aug 4, 2019
...you must be new around here.
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Level 79
Aug 4, 2019
You forgot they were in EuroVision
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Level 30
Aug 4, 2019
Cyprus is in Asia (or at least in jetpunk it is)
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Level 63
Aug 4, 2019
Got all of them first try. Yay Malaysia (where I come from) is on here! :)
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Level 64
Aug 4, 2019
Perhaps a bit surprising considering their recent history (except the last couple of months perhaps). UMNO, anyone?
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Level 63
Aug 5, 2019
Malaysia's score on the Democracy Index has considerably improved from 6.54 in 2017 to 6.88 in 2018. The party that had ruled Malaysia since 1957 (independence) was peacefully defeated by a new political party in the 2018 general election. After the election the biggest seizure of goods in Malaysian history occurred in the former Prime Minister's residence and he was arrested.
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Level 30
Aug 4, 2019
I am Filipino lol
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Level 50
Aug 5, 2019
Cyrus is in Europe
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Level 53
Aug 5, 2019
No Muslim Countries, How Surprising!
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Level 69
Aug 5, 2019
Malaysia is a Muslim country, both officially and by percentage of population.
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Level 79
Aug 5, 2019
^yeah what kitty said. whoops. Also Israel, Cyprus, India and the Philippines have significant Muslim minorities.
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Level 35
Aug 7, 2019
Why does the source for this quiz include Kazakhstan, the Caucasus, and Turkey as European countries? I am aware of the debate in Turkey, and can understand(slightly) the argument for the Caucasus. Am I missing something in Kazakhstan? I have never even considered it to be in Europe. Is there a new movement going around?
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Level 65
Aug 7, 2019
The part of Kazakhstan that is in Europe is the western side of the Ural river. But that's not official though.
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Level 45
Aug 23, 2019
The Maldives must be very aggressive.