24 November, 2023
Once again, Denmark remains in the first position among 139 countries, according to the WJP Rule of Law Index. This index, recognized as the foremost authority on original and impartial rule of law data globally, draws insights from both expert assessments and household surveys. Its comprehensive assessment spans 142 countries and jurisdictions, covering 95% of the world's population.
Scandinavia is at the top
The top three performers this year were Denmark, Norway, and Finland. The countries with the lowest scores were Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cambodia, and Venezuela.
Notably, Denmark not only claims the top spot globally but also secures the first position out of 31 nations in the European Union and the European Free Trade Association.
Upholding of human rights
The WJP Rule of Law Index serves as an insightful gauge for the status of various human rights as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These include factors like
The latest WJP Rule of Law Index reveals a concerning trend of deteriorating rule of law worldwide. Key areas witnessing the most significant decline include restrictions on government powers, limitations on civic space, delays in the dispensation of justice, and the prevalence of discrimination.
This ranking indicates that Denmark is a haven when it comes to equality before the law, legal certainty, fair and impartial adjudication, respect for human rights, accountability and transparency, and access to justice. All these factors contribute to making the country a secure and safe place to live.
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You can read the full press release and the index here.