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Index / Economy /
Economic freedom


This international ranking is by Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal. Full annual report here. It measures 10 factors in the economy, including the size of government, freedom from corruption and property rights.

MENA rank World rank Score Change from 2008
1. 16. Bahrain 74.8 +2.6
2. 42. Israel 67.6 +1.3
3. 43. Oman 67.0 -0.3
4. 48. Qatar 65.8 +3.6
5. 50. Kuwait 65.4 +1.3
6. 51. Jordan 65.4 +1.3
7. 54. United Arab Emirates 64.7 +2.2
8. 59. Saudi Arabia 64.3 +1.8
9. 75. Turkey 61.6 +1.6
10. 95. Lebanon 58.1 -1.9
11. 97. Egypt 58.0 -0.5
12. 98. Tunisia 58.0 -2.1
13. 101. Morocco 57.7 +2.1
14. 103. Yemen 56.9 +3.1
15. 107. Algeria 56.6 +0.4
16. 127. Mauritania 53.9 -1.2
17. 141. Syria 51.3 +4.2
18. 168. Iran 44.6 -0.4
19. 171. Libya 43.5 +4.8
Iraq is not ranked
Palestine is not ranked
Sudan is not ranked





By Tore Kjeilen