Alexa Bangladesh move 8 notches on Democracy Index

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Bangladesh move 8 notches on Democracy Index

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 07:18 PM, 22 January 2020   Updated: 07:22 PM, 22 January 2020

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Bangladesh has moved up eight steps in the World Democracy Index 2019, compared to the previous year index, according to Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Bangladesh was ranked 88th position last year, this time they move up to 80th position.

The index was released on Wednesday by the London-based magazine EIU.

The British democracy magazine The Intelligence Intelligence Unit has been publishing the index on the basis of a score of 10 on the five criteria of global democracy. The five criteria are the electoral system and multilateral position, activism in government, political participation, political culture, and civil rights.

Bangladesh earned 5.88 points out of 10, which was 5.77 last year. With Bangladesh's eight-step progress on this democratic index, neighboring India has been bending down. Last year, the country ranked 41st on the list with a score of 7.23, but this time it has fallen to the 51st position with 6.90 scores.

Sri Lanka was 71st position in the previous year but this time they moved up to 69 positions with a score of 6.27. Meanwhile, Pakistan was ranked 112th last year with a score of 4.17, but this time they moved up to 108th position with a score of 4.25.

Norway is the top-ranked country in the world with a score of 9.87. Iceland ranked 2nd position with 9.58 score while Sweden (9.39), New Zealand (9.26) and Finland (9.25) ranked 3rd, 4th, and 5th position respectively.

North Korea is ranked (167th) at the bottom of the list with a score of 1.08.