Least Democratic Countries

Name the least deomocratic countries, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.
According to 2014
Quiz by relessness
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Last updated: March 5, 2015
First submittedOctober 28, 2013
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Country
1.08
North Korea
1.49
Central African Republic
1.5
Chad
1.66
Equatorial Guinea
1.74
Syria
1.75
Democratic Republic of the Congo
1.82
Saudi Arabia
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Country
1.83
Turkmenistan
1.93
Guinea-Bissau
1.98
Iran
2.21
Laos
2.37
Tajikistan
2.44
Eritrea
2.45
Uzbekistan
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Country
2.54
Sudan
2.64
United Arab Emirates
2.77
Afghanistan
2.78
Zimbabwe
2.79
Yemen
2.83
Azerbaijan
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Level 81
Oct 28, 2013
Tajikistan is misspelled.
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Level 38
May 11, 2014
It's good to see that when lack of democracy is the issue, Burma finally becomes Myanmar. LOL ;-)
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Level 50
Sep 9, 2014
What about Somalia, Sudan, Cuba, Belarus, Tonga and lately Russia ???
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Level 66
Feb 2, 2015
I'm assuming in Somalia and Sudan's cases they weren't part of the statistical study. As for Belarus and Cuba, no idea.
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Level 54
Mar 24, 2016
Somalia and Tonga were not included in the survey. Sudan is on the quiz. Cuba, Belarus and Russia all three are around place 40 with scores around 3.50, thus not undemocratic enough to be on this list of 20.
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Level 55
Feb 28, 2015
Anyone else finds it weird that the "Democratic" Republic of the Congo is on here? XD
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Level 70
Sep 6, 2015
No
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Level 68
Mar 22, 2016
So is the Democratic (!) People's (!) Republic (!) of Korea
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Level 32
Jul 25, 2016
East Germany was also called the German Democratic Republic

Oh the irony.

Lesson of the Story - If a country feels the need to tell you how democratic it is in its name, chances are it's got something to hide ;0)

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Level 47
Mar 5, 2015
Also updated.
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Level 42
Aug 7, 2015
I'm surprised China, Russia, Iraq, Vatican City, Egypt, Libya and Belarus aren't on here.
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Level 54
Mar 24, 2016
China is just missing out, coming 24th with a score of 3.00, as is Egypt (30th with 3.16). Iraq is higher, 57th with 4.23. Belarus is between those (43th with 3.69). Vatican City was not in the survey.
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Level 70
Sep 6, 2015
I think the quiz should be enlarged to accommodate the blatant undemocratic countries such as mentioned by others in the comments above. For a citizen in some countries not appearing in this quiz they have no rights, no justice, no freedom of choice, no freedom of speech etc etc............ and to think it is 2015.
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Level 35
Jan 9, 2016
Why is the UAE on here?! Isn't it like the only free country in the middle east?
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Level 54
Mar 24, 2016
According to the list: Zero score for the electoral process and a low political participation of the population. On the other hand a better functioning government and higher civil liberties than most other countries in this list.

Checking Wikipedia, the emirs of the participant states are absolute rulers; the parliament is only half elected, half appointed, and serves only an advisory role.

As to which country is the freeest country in the Middle East, that depends on what exactly you mean by Middle East. But if we discount Israel (36th most democratic out of 167 with 7.63 points) and Turkey (98th with 5.12),on this list the most democratic one is Lebanon (also 98th), followed by Palestine (106), Iraq (111), Kuwait (120) and Jordan (121). On the Arabian peninsula, Qatar scores highest, but even that would come on this list if it were extended with only 12 countries.

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Level 30
Jul 5, 2020
Democracy doesnt necessory means freedom, people of middle east r quite free as compared to central and eastern asian countries as well as central america and africa
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Level 73
Mar 16, 2019
Wow, a whole lot of US allies... Seems like when we invade a country, our interest isn't actually bringing democracy.
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Level 51
Jun 24, 2020
Funny how countries that have a democratic in their name are usually the exact opposite... I feel like they only do it to try and boost their relations with the West :)