The Economist recognizes Uruguay as Latin America's most democratic country

The Democracy Index prepared by the British magazine also ranked the country in 13th place globally.
Publication date: 11/02/2022

The prestigious British publication The Economist published its annual Democracy Index, in which Uruguay ranked 13th globally and also emerged as the leading democratic nation in Latin America.

The report analyzes the situation of 167 countries by evaluating measures such as electoral process and pluralism, government functioning, political participation, political culture, democracy and civil liberties.

Uruguay increased its score from 8.61 to 8.85 out of 10 and ranked first in Latin America, ahead of Costa Rica and Chile. With this evaluation, the country is qualified as a "full democracy", a situation experienced by only 6.4% of the world's population, according to the report.

Uruguay seems to be an exception in the global and regional panorama. The Economist assures in its report that at a global level democracy is experiencing a fall, since in 2020 the overall score was 5.37 out of 10 and in 2021 it fell to 5.28. In Latin America the fall was more dramatic, with a drop of 0.26 out of 10 compared to 0.22 in North America and 0.16 in Asia and Australia.