Comparing Economic and Political Freedom

Today’s post is just a little scatter plot today of my own creation. I was interested to see which countries fall outside the mainstream when it comes to economic and political freedom, as measured by the Heritage Foundation and Freedom House, respectively.

Those are certainly not the only indices that I could have chosen, however, they were admittedly the easiest to find and use. Despite the fact the one dataset still contained data on such mythical places as Czechoslovakia, East Germany, and the Soviet Union.

That all said, my apologies for the graphics not quite being super clean. I am working on some new things and so this post is at best only a partially successful experiment.

Freedom and Liberty

Economic Freedom

100

Both Economically and Politically Free

Economically Free but Politically Not

Singapore

New Zealand

Switzerland

80

Australia

Bahrain

Qatar

Saudi Arabia

60

Micronesia

Ukraine

Kiribati

Argentina

40

Zimbabwe

Venezuela

Cuba

20

Neither Economically nor Politically Free

Politically Free but Not Economically

North Korea

0

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Political Freedom

Sources

Heritage Foundation

Freedom House

Brendan Barry

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Author: Brendan Barry

I am a graphic designer who focuses on information design. My day job? I am the data visualisation manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. (This blog is my something I do on my own time and does not represent the views of the Fed, blah blah blah legal stuff.) And with my main interest in information design—be it in the shape of clear charts, maps, diagrams, or wayfinding systems—I am fortunate that my day job focuses on data visualisation. Outside of work, I try to stay busy with personal design work. Away from the world of design, I enjoy cooking and reading and am interested in various subjects from history and geography to politics to science to the arts. And I allow all of them to influence my work.

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