Taiwan makes it into Human Freedom Index top 20

Island nation has steadily improved standing from first index in 2008

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/12/19
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taiwan moves into the top-20 of the Human Freedom Index (Cato Institute and Fraser Institute photo) 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan moved up two places to reach No. 19 in the latest edition of the Human Freedom Index published by the Cato Institute and the Fraser Institute Saturday (Dec. 19).

During the decade that the two think tanks have drawn up the list, Taiwan has turned into one of its strongest climbers, CNA reported. The Cato Institute is a libertarian organization based in Washington and founded by businessman Charles Koch, a prominent Republican Party backer, while the Fraser Institute is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

The latest version of the annual index measures personal, economic and human freedoms in 162 countries and territories in 2018, using information for the most recent year that completed data is available for.

Taiwan was one of 87 countries that improved its rating compared to the previous year and moved up two places. Seen over the decade since the publication of the index started, Taiwan was one of the countries with the fastest improvements, CNA reported.

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