Bonus List


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. Go here to see examples of poor but free nations. Below are the richest countries (note that only about half are even above the average for the world, which is around $6,300) that are considered to be "not free" based on civil rights and political freedoms (according to Freedom House, which monitors personal and press freedom around the world). Also note that the top 6 are primarily there because of oil money (and oil money definitely is not correlated with freedom!).

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 highest "gross national income" (GNI) per person where Freedom House has given a "not 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.)


1. Qatar
2. United Arab Emirates
3. Brunei
4. Saudi Arabia
5. Oman
6. Libya
7. Lebanon
8. Cuba
9. Russia
10. Maldives

Source of Data: Freedom House website,, 2006.

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