According to the latest edition of the Freedom Barometer Index, a Europe-wide annual ranking published by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, the Czech Republic ranks 17th of 45 European nations.
The index measures the economic, political freedom (including freedom of elections and freedom of the press) and the rule of law (corruption, independence of the judiciary, human rights protection) around Europe.
More specifically, the research outlines the indicators of countries in regard to the rule of law and politics, the freedom of speech, and free trade criteria.
Switzerland ranked at number 1 with a score of 84.80, closely followed by Finland, Ireland, Denmark and the Netherlands.
Ranked fourth in the region and 18th in Europe is Slovenia, followed by Latvia which received 72.4 points and was ranked 21st in Europe.
The Czech Republic comes first among Central European countries.
The Freedom Barometer 2019 index evaluates the state of freedom between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019.