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Denmark remains the world leader in the rule of law index


  • Denmark achieved top rankings in five of the eight parameters assessed by the Rule of Law Index published by the World Justice Project.
  • Venezuela, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon were the lowest scorers in that order.
  • Cuba was one of the few countries not included in the study, but Uruguay, Chile and Costa Rica shine among others in Latin America.
  • United States fell from 19th (in 2018) to 27th in the World Ranking.


Copenhagen, Oct.18.– Denmark has again ranked number one in the Rule of Law Index published by the World Justice Project (WJP), an independent organisation advocating the advancement of rule of law around the world.

It is the sixth time in a row that Denmark has ranked first – this time above 138 other countries.

The Nordics tend to dominate, and 2021 was no different with Norway, Finland, Sweden and Germany completing the top five.

Best in five out of eight parameters
The index assesses eight parameters, and Denmark ranked first in five of them: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Fundamental Rights, Regulatory Enforcement and Civil Justice.

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