Looking for the “land of the free”? Try Estonia.

OR IRELAND. OR CHILE. OR DENMARK. OR EVEN ICELAND. These countries now offer more economic freedom than the United States.

Long a symbol of economic prosperity and might, America for the first time ever no longer ranks among the top 10 “free” nations of the world, according to the 2005 Index of Economic Freedom.

Says the The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation 2005 Index of Economic Freedom.

About India:
India’s fiscal burden of government score is 0.5 point worse this year, but its government intervention score is 0.5 point better. As a result, India’s overall score is unchanged this year.

Today’s Indian Express story on this: India ‘mostly unfree’, ranks 118 in a list of 155 nations

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Parth Shah

Parth J Shah is founder president of Centre for Civil Society, a think tank that promotes choice and accountability across public and private sectors. He is co-founder and Director of Indian School of Public Policy. Parth’s research and advocacy work focuses on the themes of economic freedom, choice and competition in education, property rights approach to the environment and new public governance. He recently edited Liberalism in India.