Bonus List

POOREST COUNTRIES CONSIDERED TO BE "FREE"

Most of the rich countries around the world have high amounts of civil rights and political freedoms. Many of the poor countries do not. However, there are some exceptions to both rules. The United Arab Emirates and Brunei are rich "non-free" examples, while examples of poor but free nations are given below.

Ratings of "free", "partly free" and "not free" are given to each country (and some possessions and territories) by Freedom House. The ten countries with the lowest "gross national income" (GNI) per person where Freedom House has given a "free" rating are listed below. (Note that using "gross domestic product" (GDP) per capita would yield a slight different result since GDP is a figure of the total amount of goods produced in a country--even if the profits go elsewhere--while GNI is based on incomes actually earned by that country's residents--even if some of that income comes from profits or earnings from other countries.)

COUNTRY


1. Mali
2. Ghana
3. Sao Tome & Principe
4. Benin
5. India
5. Senegal
7. Lesotho
8. Kiribati
9. Guyana
10. Philippines
PER CAPITA
GROSS NATIONAL
INCOME (GNI)
$240
$270
$290
$380
$470
$470
$550
$810
$881
$1030


Source of Data: Freedom House website, www.freedomhouse.org, 2006.

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