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Most Democratic Countries with Exceptions

Most of the democratic countries are in Europe. Name the countries outside of Europe that score the highest in terms of democracy by the magazine "The Economist".
According to this Wikipedia page
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First submittedJuly 10, 2019
Last updatedJuly 10, 2019
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Country
9.26
New Zealand
9.15
Canada
9.09
Australia
8.38
Uruguay
8.22
Mauritius
8.07
Costa Rica
8.00
South Korea
7.99
Japan
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Country
7.97
Chile
7.96
United States
7.88
Cape Verde
7.81
Botswana
7.79
Israel
7.73
Taiwan
7.59
Cyprus
7.24
South Africa
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level 69
Jul 16, 2019
Interesting.
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level 72
Jul 16, 2019
Great to see NZ that high and Botswana, but somehow I was expecting Mongolia as well
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level 69
Jul 20, 2019
I'd expected Mongolia to appear on the list as well.
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level 77
Jul 16, 2019
how do you score democracy?
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level 70
Jul 17, 2019
You vote on it.
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level 65
Jul 16, 2019
According to the Wikipedia page, "In 2016, the United States was downgraded from a full democracy to a flawed democracy; its score, which had been declining for some years, crossed the threshold from 8.05 in 2015 to 7.98 in 2016. The report states that this was caused by a myriad of factors dating back to at least the late 1960s which have eroded Americans' trust in governmental institutions." So, according to the Economist, the U.S. had a higher ranking during the era of Jim Crow than it does now based on "eroded trust in governmental institutions." Curious, especially given that I think a lack of trust in government is the wisest of stance to take. "Every decent man," quipped Mencken, "is ashamed of the government he lives under."
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level 85
Jul 17, 2019
I think the "lack of trust" isn't simply questioning in the case of the US, it's a negative stance. Rather than say "I don't know" the general stance is that Americans consider that their politicians are always telling half or non-truths. Or a very common viewpoint that voting doesn't really matter and that the government will never accomplish anything other than what is already in place.
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level 70
Jul 17, 2019
The U.S. certainly hit a threshold in 2016-17.
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level 55
Jul 27, 2019
Sad to see how low the US government has gotten on this ranking. I'm guessing the "decline" that started in the 1970s was exacerbated by Watergate, but a lot of it also depends on the events of the past 3 years. This administration has certainly moved us farther down the list.
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level 79
Jul 17, 2019
Okay I probably should have gotten Israel, but there was no way I was coming up with that specific collection of African countries without guessing them all.
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level 66
Jul 17, 2019
Good things are happening in Botswana. It's a bright spot amid the darkness of sub-saharan Africa.
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level 73
Jul 18, 2019
Botswana is I think the only African country with regular elections and peaceful change of power since independence.
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level 54
Jul 17, 2019
Israel, an apartheid state, is listed as most democratic? That's a good joke for today
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level 64
Jul 17, 2019
Israel is the most democratic country in the Middle East, what's weird about that?
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level 54
Jul 18, 2019
In context with the rest of the world, a country that has subjected Arabs and Palestinians to secondary class citizenship comparable to the Jim Crow South doesn't really constitute democracy. Even if your claim that it is "the most democratic in the Middle East" were true, I doubt that, when taking the Israeli apartheid into consideration, it would be more democratic than many countries not listed.
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level 73
Jul 20, 2019
If you were to actually visit Israel, you would change your opinion. Most of the Arabs who live in Israel much prefer to live there than under Palestinian rule.
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level 63
Jul 17, 2019
My brain refuses to accept that Cyprus is a part of Asia. As far as I'm concerned, people who support its inclusion in Asia are no better than Flat Earthers or those who try to justify the name "eSports".
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level 70
Jul 17, 2019
Your brain refuses to admit that the majority of the population of Turkey isn't in Europe?
Cyprus lies south and east of most of Turkey's people.
Cyprus lies about 50 or 60 miles off the coast of Syria, which is absolutely not Europe in any way, shape or form. How many 100s and 100s of miles off the coast of Europe is Cyprus? Nevermind, the continent of Asia is in the way.
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level 29
Jul 17, 2019
Europe and Asia aren't different continents anyway geographically speaking. It's a cultural differenciation. In that way, Cyprus is more European than Asian and Turkey is more Asian than European.
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level 43
Jul 20, 2019
Yeah Cyprus is geographically Asian but culturally european to make the story short