Uruguay recognized as the most democratic country in America by The Economist

In its most recent edition, The Economist places Uruguay first in the ranking of full democracy, giving it the best score in the Americas.
Publication date: 03/02/2023

According to the recent publication of The Economist, Uruguay stands out for its high level of democracy.

In 2022 results, the country increased its score from 8.85 to 8.91, moving from 13th to 11th place and reinforcing its position as a leading nation in democracy worldwide. In its previous assessment, Uruguay also ranked highly.

According to the report, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) remains the region with the highest average score outside North America and Western Europe. This score is bolstered by having some of the most robust democracies in the world, including Uruguay, Costa Rica, and Chile. These scores represent 4% of the total regional population. It also notes that 45% of the region’s population lives in a country with a hybrid or authoritarian regime, and 62% of Latin Americans reside in a country whose score declined in 2022.

This democracy index, launched in 2006, provides a state of democracy worldwide covering 165 independent states. It considers measures such as electoral process and pluralism, government functioning, institutions, participation, and political culture and freedoms.

Access the full report here.