Taiwan ranked 32nd in Democracy Index report: EIU

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) Taiwan moved up a rank from 33rd to 32nd place in the Democracy Index 2018 report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).The index, which is based on five categories of electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture, provided a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide for 167 countries and regions.The report shows that Taiwan had an overall score of 7.73 in 2018, which was an average compiled from the scores of 9.58 for electoral process and pluralism; 8.21 for functioning of government; 6.11 for political participation; 9.12 for civil liberties, and 5.63 for political cultureTaiwan was also ranked fifth in Asia and Australasia, behind New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Japan.The most democratic country in the world is Norway, followed by Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand and Denmark, according to the EIU's 2018 democracy index.Countries that ranked from 163rd to 167th were Chad, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria and North Korea, the report showed.