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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
Quiz by Aaron197
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Last updated: July 10, 2019
First submittedJuly 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 70
Jul 16, 2019
Interesting.
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level 73
Jul 16, 2019
Great to see NZ that high and Botswana, but somehow I was expecting Mongolia as well
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level 70
Jul 20, 2019
I'd expected Mongolia to appear on the list as well.
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level 79
Jul 16, 2019
how do you score democracy?
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level 73
Jul 17, 2019
You vote on it.
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level 77
Sep 3, 2019
this was probably meant as a joke but it's actually more or less true if you look at the EIU's methodology.
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level 66
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 86
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 73
Jul 17, 2019
The U.S. certainly hit a threshold in 2016-17.
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level 56
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 37
Sep 3, 2019
What has Trump done that is so bad for you to say that ?
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level 61
Sep 3, 2019
Well, his relentless attacks on the free press aren't a great start. His insistence that anyone who disagrees with him is an "enemy of the people" doesn't help either. His exploitation of loopholes to grant him power that he is not intended to have (abuse of the emergency powers privilege for his wall, for example) is undemocratic. Last week, he promised to pardon anyone who breaks the law on his behalf in pursuit of the wall. What else? Ah, yes. He threatened retaliation against the Ninth Circuit court for ruling against him (which recalls that before the election, he also threatened a specific judge for not taking his side in one the many lawsuits against him). The guy basically throws a tantrum any time he is reminded that this is a democracy and there are checks on his power. Couple with that with his devotion to building a cult of personality, which in turns means that his followers embrace all of his anti-democratic impulses, and yeah, I'd say the US has hit a threshold.
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level 77
Sep 3, 2019
Though 2016 was obviously a banner year for the decline of American democracy... the downward trend since the 60s can be explained away by the EIU's flawed and subjective methodology which relies almost entirely upon perception, as measured by polling both "experts" and the general public in each country. So if a Klan member in Jim Crow-era Alabama *feels* like the democracy of the country is strong, moreso than the absurdly privileged Yale student of 2016 who feels oppressed by offensive Halloween costumes and differently colored Band-Aids, and each are part of the polls conducted that year, then you might end up with some screwy results.
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level 33
Sep 3, 2019
I think the biggest thing about America is its kinda hard for laws to be passed because a lot of emphasis is placed on not completely counting out the minority. Also the electoral college is somewhat obsolete. But I believe I how they grade it, and I don't fully agree with some of what they consider democracy. Like healthcare, standards or living has nothing to do with democracy.
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level 66
Sep 4, 2019
There are for sure some issues with American democracy. Gerrymandering is an obvious example, as is a President who repeatedly questioned the official election results. Still, I'd say that the USA is undeniably among the most democratic countries worldwide - even sheriffs and judges are subject to elections, and a lot of other officials are elected as well. You could argue whether it's wise to make people vote on judges, but it *is* democratic.
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level 45
Nov 9, 2019
Lots of Americans don't vote. Not every vote is counted. You have to register with a political party, not an independent arbitrator. Politicians can choose the electoral boundaries. Voting is on one day only and there are limited places where you can vote. The US could do a lot more to appear democratic.
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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 74
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 59
Sep 3, 2019
Yeah Botswana has worked extremely hard to maintain a functioning democracy. Full respect to them.
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level 60
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 60
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 62
Sep 3, 2019
As a southern African and an Israeli, I have to question if you have any concept of the notion of Apartheid? Because if you did, you would realise that that more acurately describes most of the Arab nations that ban Jews (not just Israelis) from living in their countries. Egypt is persecuting Christian Copts, Berbers in Morocco have been living under an Arab occupation for centuries, Lebanon has a terrorist organisation that effectively controls government and Syria has been at war for 8 years. I am not saying that Israel is perfect, but Apartheid it is not. Arab Israelis have full civil and political rights, ergo not Apartheid. There is an occupation, one which needs serious peace talks, and not lobbing gratuitous accusations around, to solve, with compromises from both sides. One of the compromises we as Jews will not accept, despite Palestinians wishing it, is the destruction of Jews or the Jewish state.
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level 62
Sep 3, 2019
One last thing, when, after a terrorist attack from Temple Mount killed 2 Druze (Arab speaking minority in Israel) Israeli Police Officers, and it was determined that the perps were from a collection of Arab villages known as the Triangle. Netanyahu advocated a territorial swap, where an area in the West Bank with a large Jewish population (and where there were historicaly Jewish communities before they were ethnically cleansed by the Jordanian Army in 1948) would come under complete Israeli sovereignity, whilst the Triangle would come under PA control. One could think that they would have liked that idea that now they would be under Palestinian control, instead of the "evil Israelis". However, far from welcoming this idea, the residents of the Triangle (who call themselves Palestinians) fought to maintain their Israeli citizenship.
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level 74
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 46
Sep 6, 2019
Israel is a democracy with full civil rights for non-Jewish citizens, that is also engaged in a military occupation of Palestinian territories. The occupation is a result of legitimate wars of self-defense, and there are many legitimate reasons why Israel has not yet withdrawn from the territories. The United States did not give all Iraqis rights in the US during its occupation of Iraq; that didn't make the US an apartheid state.
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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 73
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 37
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
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level 77
Sep 3, 2019
The island of Kos is part of Greece. It's also very near the coast of Anatolia. Much closer than 50 miles. Does that mean that Greece is part of Asia?
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level 61
Sep 6, 2019
...and because Cyprus is culturally European it sticks out like a sore thumb on quizzes such as this.
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level 50
Sep 3, 2019
I feel like the US should be much further down... they're literally running concentration camps and their president calls anyone who is opposed to fascism a terrorist.
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level 57
Sep 3, 2019
That's not quite accurate.
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level 65
Sep 3, 2019
You may want to reconsider your use of the word "literally."
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level 37
Sep 3, 2019
Every country has "concentration camps", they are called prisons, refugee camps, etc. If you thrive on terror like Antifa does, hitting and restraining random people on the streets, violently rioting against governmental institutions and hiding your face with masks and tactical gear, then yeah, it's fair to consider you a bunch of terrorists.
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level 37
Sep 3, 2019
Immigrants are not criminals, and shouldn’t be in prisons... and antifa is extreme and uses violence to spread their ideas... but that’s hardly any different from anything trump and right wingers do
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level 37
Sep 3, 2019
Illegal immigrants who overstayed their visas or entered the country illegaly broke the law of a sovereign nation-state of which they are not citizens, they should therefore be detained and deported according to the law of the country in question. Immigrants who come at entry ports need to be processed and that's why there are "concentration camps" like you call them. I'm not sure the term "right-wingers" is relevant in that context. The left-right spectrum is strictly economic and not to be conflated with the authoritarian-libertarian spectrum.
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level 57
Sep 3, 2019
While I think some of the border detention facilities in the USA can technically be described as concentration camps, they do not fit any of the connotations that are generally ascribed to concentration camps and have become a part of the way the term is used. The use of the term is therefore loaded. And while Trump is a terrible president he does not call "anyone who is opposed to fascism" a terrorist. He may, however, have called Antifa terrorists. While Antifa are militant extremists and terrible people (though this is complicated by the fact that Antifa isn't really one organisation, but rather an umbrella term that gives people the excuse to call them "anyone opposed to fascism") most action they engage in is not terrorism, and important difference being that attacks are generally targeted at individuals rather than random targets or property of symbolic value. Many things can be true at the same time.
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level 64
Sep 3, 2019
I know a woman from Texas, who would just say this was fake. But she also believes that Europe is one country and that we teach sex ed in Kindergarten, where we show the kids porn!!?! And she has compared Denmark to Iran, because she didn't understand the GDPR law. She also believed that crime was very high her in Denmark, as in much higher than in the US.. Needless to say, she doesn't really care for facts. She would probably still be on level 1 here after taking a thousands quizzes..
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level 74
Sep 3, 2019
I expected UK to make the list
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level 55
Sep 3, 2019
Why? UK is in Europe, just leaving the EU.
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level 69
Sep 3, 2019
We also voted to move our island to the middle of the Atlantic to create our own microcontinent called Britope
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level 57
Sep 3, 2019
Also Boris Johnson is a dictator so it wouldn't count anyway.
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level 74
Sep 16, 2019
Yea, this was just a Brexit joke ... I thought that was obvious, but surely you never know.
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level 61
Sep 3, 2019
Why no North Korea?
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level 59
Sep 3, 2019
What about the Democratic Republic of Korea?
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level 61
Sep 6, 2019
Dont forget the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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level 58
Sep 3, 2019
I always forget to try "Cyprus" in those "outside of Europe" quizes. :(
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level 30
Sep 3, 2019
Panama?
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level 80
Sep 3, 2019
Ain't nothin' like it, it's a shining machine.
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level 62
Sep 3, 2019
Greetings from Mauritius.
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level 59
Sep 4, 2019
Hello from Israel. Watch your country on the Israeli version of "The Amazing Race", it looks lovely!