Taiwan ranked third most democratic country in Asia


TAIPEI–Taiwan’s democracy ranking improved two spots in the 2012 Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU’s) Democracy Index from the 2011 index to 35th in the world and third in Asia.

The report shows that Taiwan had an overall score of 7.57 in 2012, up from 7.46 in 2011, marking the country’s first improvement since the UK-based think tank published the first report for the 2006 index in 2007.

Taiwan was ranked 32nd in the first index, 33rd in 2008, 36th in 2010 and 37th in 2011. No reports were published for 2007 or 2009. According to the report, Taiwan is one of 54 countries that fall into the index’s “flawed democracies” category, the same as Hong Kong, which is ranked 63rd in the world.

Only 25 countries, representing 11.3 percent of the global population, are ranked as “full democracies,” 37 states are “hybrid regimes” and 51 are categorized as “authoritarian regimes.”

Japan (23rd) and South Korea (20th) are the only two Asian countries among the 25 full democracies.