VILNIUS - Lithuania has moved up two notches in The Economist's annual Democracy Index but remains third behind the other two Baltic states.
Lithuania ranked 40th in the 2021 Democracy Index with a score of 7.18 out of 10, up from the 42nd position a year ago.
Lithuania's electoral process and pluralism scored 9.58, the functioning of government – 7.86, political participation – 6.67, political culture – 6.88, and civil liberties – 8.24.
Estonia had the highest score among the Baltic states and ranks 27th, with Latvia being in the 38th position, and Poland ranks 51st.
Norway (9.75), New Zealand (9.37) and Finland (9.27) have the highest scores for the quality of democracy, while Afghanistan has the lowest score and ranks 167th.
The Democracy Index is an index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research division of the Economist Group, a UK-based private company which publishes the weekly newspaper The Economist.