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Old 01-12-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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Default According to new study, New Zealand is "most free" country in the world.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...ectid=10858183

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New Zealand leads the way in human freedom according to an international index that ranks 123 countries.

The Canadian Fraser Institute has released its report evaluating how each country measures in security and safety, movement, expression and relationship freedoms.

New Zealand topped the index as offering the highest level of human freedom worldwide, followed by the Netherlands and Hong Kong.

Australia came in fourth. The US ranked seventh.

The United Kingdom ranked 18th, ahead of France at 33 and Germany, which came in 35th on the list.

The lowest-ranked countries were Zimbabwe, Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Syria.

The index was contained in a new book, Towards a Worldwide Index of Human Freedom, which examined the characteristics of freedom and how it could best be measured and compared between different nations.

The book's editor, Fred McMahon, said the intention was to measure the degree to which people were free to enjoy classic civil liberties-freedom of speech, religion, individual economic choice, and association and assembly-in each country surveyed.

"We also look at indicators of crime and violence, freedom of movement, legal discrimination against homosexuals, and women's freedoms."

The Fraser Institute is an independent Canadian public policy research and educational organisation.

Top 10 Countries:

1. New Zealand

2. Netherlands

3. Hong Kong

4. Australia

4. Canada

4. Ireland

7. United States of America

7. Denmark

9. Japan

9. Estonia

Bottom 10 Countries:

114. Cameroon

115. Burundi

116. Iran

117. Algeria

118. Democratic Republic of Congo

119. Syria

120. Sri Lanka

121. Pakistan

122. Burma

123. Zimbabwe

"Land of the Free" is only at 7.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:38 PM   #2
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Default Re: According to new study, New Zealand is "most free" country in the world.

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Hong Kong is a country?
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Default Re: According to new study, New Zealand is "most free" country in the world.

north korea is not in the bottom 10?
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:44 PM   #4
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:45 PM   #5
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Default Re: According to new study, New Zealand is "most free" country in the world.

Really, now? Where are the stats for freedom per capita, or most freedom per person
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:54 PM   #6
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Default Re: According to new study, New Zealand is "most free" country in the world.

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Hong Kong is a country?
Not really, but it operates pretty much like it is. Sort of like how the USA and Puerto Rico are.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:57 PM   #7
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Default Re: According to new study, New Zealand is "most free" country in the world.

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Hong Kong is a country?
thought the same thing.. interesting read on wiki. 1 country 2 systems, essentially a country within a country.
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Default Re: According to new study, New Zealand is "most free" country in the world.

Can you own guns in NZ?
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:07 PM   #9
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Default Re: According to new study, New Zealand is "most free" country in the world.

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Hong Kong is a country?

Hong Kong was under British rule until 1997, when China took it back they didn't want to ruin the success it had, so they mostly have left it alone and let it run itself.
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Can you own guns in NZ?
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New Zealand's gun laws are notably more liberal than other countries in the Pacific and focus mainly on vetting firearm owners, rather than registering firearms or banning certain types of firearms.[4] Firearms legislation is provided for in the Arms Act and its associated regulations, though stricter unofficial police and government policies also apply

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Old 01-12-2013, 01:17 PM   #11
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Default Re: According to new study, New Zealand is "most free" country in the world.

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thought the same thing.. interesting read on wiki. 1 country 2 systems, essentially a country within a country.

Yeah I read some of it on wiki and got a D.C. sense at first. I never knew that. Interesting how high up it is on the list compared to China as a whole.
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:23 PM   #12
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Default Re: According to new study, New Zealand is "most free" country in the world.

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yeah but they OWN guns? Or they don't feel the need and therefore not fully exploiting this right to possess one.
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:30 PM   #13
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Hong kong runs different economic model than China. They have almost none gov controlled company's and not many rules and low taxes.
Lithuania should do it.
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north korea is not in the bottom 10?

I suspect it is because the bottom 10 all are more violent than north korea. I also suspect the rights of women are probably greater than in some of those countries. Here's what they considered.
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/resea....aspx?id=19171

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The index is contained in a new book, Towards a Worldwide Index of Human Freedom, which examines the characteristics of “freedom” and how it can best be measured and compared between different nations.

“Our intention is to measure the degree to which people are free to enjoy classic civil liberties—freedom of speech, religion, individual economic choice, and association and assembly—in each country surveyed. We also look at indicators of crime and violence, freedom of movement, legal discrimination against homosexuals, and women’s freedoms,” said Fred McMahon, Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom (Fraser Institute) and editor of Towards a Worldwide Index of Human Freedom.

Also if I was to believe the Tea Party, I thought healthcare reform was going to turn us into a totalitarian society. I think all the countries ahead of the US on that list have government-backed healthcare of one form or another.
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:09 PM   #15
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Default Re: According to new study, New Zealand is "most free" country in the world.

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Hong Kong is a country?


We basically run ourselves. Beijing does have a certain amount of influence in HK politics (the Chief Executive must be allowed by Beijing), but because politics tend to be fairly separate from the economics our economy is very free. Plus because we don't have universal suffrage, a lot of people's opinions are expressed in protests and town hall debates, which probably contributed to the freedom of expression bit of the survey.

oh and about healthcare in HK. There are sufficient low cost government medical facilities alongside private carers, but recently there have been problems of hospitals filled with Mainland Chinese mothers coming to HK to give birth.

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