The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania unreservedly embraced economic freedom since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The index spotlights fundamental rights such as freedom of speech, religion, association and assembly.
There’s no need to wait for EU membership to increase the level of freedom in these countries.
Central planners lack the knowledge and incentives to respond to consumer wants and needs.
In countries where men and women’s economic rights are equally protected under the law, women live on average about nine years longer.
Life expectancy is 79.5 years in the top quartile of countries compared to 64.4 years in the bottom quartile.
Life expectancy is 80 years in the freest countries compared to 64 in the least-free countries.
Ottawa and most provincial governments have failed to offer any significant de-regulatory strategy.
Southeast Asian country’s policy climate receives poor grade in annual survey.
Not surprisingly, low-ranking countries include Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar.
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