Below is an overview of position of Belarus in various international rankings. The overview suggests that Belarus has serious problems with freedom, but its human potential is relatively good.
Freedom House measures freedom in its annual publication "Freedom in the World 2009?, which includes review of political and civil liberties in the world in 193 countries. Belarus is in the category of "not free" countries. In the category of "political rights" Belarus ranked the worst with 7 points, in the category "civil liberties" - 6 points. Overall assessment of democratic freedoms in some other countries included in the study of "Freedom House": Czech Republic (2,18), Estonia (1.93), Lithuania (2,29), Moldova (5,07), Poland (2,25 ), Ukraine (4,39).
Heritage Foundation and the The Wall Street Journal - overview of economic freedom in the world in 179 countries.
As a result of 2009 Belarus received an overall assessment of 48.7 points and occupies the 150-th place. Among the worst post-Soviet countries behind Belarus are Uzbekistan (158), Ukraine (162) and Turkmenistan (171). The highest index of economic freedom in Europe is Ireland (81,3), which occupies the 5th place in the ranking. At the bottom of the ranking are Cuba, Zimbabwe and North Korea.
"Freedom House", Press Freedom Index of 195 countries in 2009:
Belarus -188 (188) place (not free press)
Russia - 174 (170), place (not free press)
Ukraine - 55 (110) location (partially free press)
Poland - 24 (51) location (free press)
Latvia - 23 (40) location (free press)
Lithuania - 18 (25) location (free press).
(In parenthesis - ranking in 2008)
Reporters Without Borders, press freedom ranking of 175 countries in 2009:
Belarus - 151 (154)
Russia - 153 (141)
Ukraine - 87 (89)
Lithuania - 10 (16)
Latvia - 13 (7)
Poland - 37 (47)
Ukraine -89 (87)
(In parenthesis - ranking in 2008)
CryptoHippie monitors Internet freedom in 52 countries. Belarus - the third worst country in terms of Internet control. China is on the first worst country, North Korea - the second, and Russia - the fourth.
Institute for Economics and Peace, an analytical center of the journal Economist, Global Peace Index 2009 in 144 countries. Analysis to 23 indicators measuring the level of military expenditure and respect of human rights.
Belarus - 98 place
Poland - 32 place
Lithuania - 43 place
Latvia - 54 place
Ukraine - 82 place
Russia - 136 place
The United Nations Development Program ranks countries according using Human Development Index. Belarus is ranked in the category of "High Human Development" and occupies 68th position out of 182. This index takes into account statistics for life expectancy, education, and GDP. Norway has the highest Human Development Index and Niger the lowest.
Approval of the Country's Leadership
Gallup organization assesses approval of the country's leadership. Here is their percentages of people who approve their leadership.
Belarus - 46%
Russia - 56%
Ukraine - 4%
Transparency International evaluates perception of corruption (according to expert estimates) in 180 countries. Belarus is ranked 139th.
Legatum is a British think tank which assesses the world wealth in 104 countries. According to the ranking of Global Prosperity Index:
Belarus - 85 place
Poland - 29 place
Latvia - 32 place
Ukraine - 61 place
Russia - 69 place
Sovereign Credit Rating
For the first time in its history, Belarus received its credit rating in 2007. Then it was defined as stable. Sovereign credit rating is considered by foreign investors as an assessment of investing in economy of a particular state.
On 1 July 2009, international rating agency Standard & Poor's announced sovereign credit rating of Belarus: long-and short-term rating on liabilities in foreign currency (B + / B) and long-term and short-term ratings of obligations in local currency (BB / B). The future outlook of the country is negative.
According to the 2009 Doing Business report published by the World Bank, Belarus occupies 58th place (out of 183). According to the ranking, it very easy to start a business but extremely difficult to pay taxes.