Denmark among top countries for press freedom

Christian Wenande
May 4th, 2022

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Danes ranked second in the world behind Norway on this year’s World Press Freedom Index

The darker the red, the worse journalists have it (photo: Journalists Without Borders)

The press have favourable working conditions in Denmark – at least according to media freedom watchdog Reporter Without Borders.

The organisation ranked Denmark second out of 180 countries on its annually-published World Press Freedom Index, trailing only Norway.

The ranking, which is based on scores across five main indicators, is two better than last year for Denmark.

Denmark ranked second on the Political indicator, and also rated in the top 10 in the Economic (third), Legislative (fourth), Social (ninth) and Security (seventh) indicators.

“Norway, Denmark and Sweden continue to serve as a democratic model where freedom of expression flourishes,” wrote Reporter Without Borders.

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Sweden, Estonia and Finland completed the top five, while Ireland, Portugal, Costa Rica, Lithuania and Liechtenstein made up the remainder of the top 10. 

Other notables included Germany (16), Canada (19), the UK (24), South Africa (35), Australia (39), the US (42), South Korea (43), Japan (71), Brazil (110), Indonesia (117), Mexico (127), Nigeria (129), India (150) and Russia (155) and China (175). 

North Korea finished a clear rock bottom, preceded by Eritrea, Iran and Turkmenistan.

Check out the entire index here.


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