Georgia’s democracy level unchanged in latest Freedom House report

Georgia has launched a new website where foreigners can apply for an e-visa. Photo by N.Alavidze/, 04 Apr 2017 - 12:22, Tbilisi,Georgia

Independent watchdog Freedom House has released a report assessing the level of democracy in 29 countries across Central Europe and Eurasia today.

Georgia’s overall democracy score is 4.61 and is classified as "Transitional Government” or "Hybrid Regime.” The 2015 report listed the same democracy score.

In the report, democracy scores and regime ratings are based on a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 representing the highest level of democratic progress and 7 the lowest.

Countries are classified as the following categories:

  • Consolidated Democracy
  • Semi-Consolidated Democracy
  • Transitional Government or Hybrid Regime
  • Semi-Consolidated Authoritarian Regime
  • Consolidated Authoritarian Regime

In the latest report, 18 of the 29 countries included saw a decline in their democracy scores. This is the second largest decline in the survey’s history, almost as large as the drop following the 2008 global financial crisis.

For the first time since 1995, there are now more Consolidated Authoritarian Regimes than Consolidated Democracies.

Together with the overall ratings, Freedom House usually releases individual profiles for each country. The organisation said Georgia’s full profile is not available yet but will be published soon.