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Greece rises 9 places in the Economist’s “democracy index” – “Citizens’ trust in their country is being restored”


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For 2022, Greece ranks 25th, up from 34th in 2021.

His latest report was published Economist Intelligence Unit for quality of democracy around the world.

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Greece moved up 9 places in climate (25th place) in the so-called “democracy index” for 2022, registering a clear improvement and one of the best performances of the Economist’s index.

More specifically, the country’s overall score rose to 7.97 in 2022, up from 7.56 in 2021. Thus, for 2022 Greece ranks 25th, up from 34th in 2021.

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According to the report, the improvement in the index is reflected in most of the index categories.


In the electoral process and pluralism category, the index improved significantly, with authorities promoting civic participation and facilitating Diaspora voting rights.

The “functioning of government” is improving significantly with the end of the enhanced surveillance regime that the country has been under since 2015.
The handling of the Covid-19 pandemic was excellent, which contributed to the restoration of public trust in political parties and government, which had collapsed during the crisis years.

Tourism, a mainstay of the economy, has recovered significantly, despite the fact that it could have been irreparably damaged if the pandemic was mishandled.

The government handled the economic fallout of the war in Ukraine in 2022, preventing the kind of social and political polarization that characterized the 2010s.

Greece organized an effective vaccination campaign and moved faster than most countries to lift pandemic-related restrictions in time, resulting in improved scores on several indicators in 2022.

It is worth mentioning that Greece was downgraded in the index in 2010, when “the Greek public debt crisis led to political and economic collapse” according to the Economist’s report.

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