October 20, 2016

Finland’s rule of law is of highest quality

Finland scored the highest in order and security and criminal justice within its region.
Finland scored the highest in order and security and criminal justice within its region.
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Finland has risen to third place in the global Rule of Law Index, which measures how the general public experiences the rule of law in everyday situations.

This year’s ranking is a step up for Finland, as last year the country was placed fourth. The two countries that finished ahead of Finland are Denmark and Norway.

The 2016 edition of the index, published by The World Justice Project, increased its reach to 113 countries and jurisdictions, in comparison to 102 the year before. The data is collected from over 100 000 household and expert surveys and measured using 44 indicators across eight primary rule of law factors: constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice and criminal justice.

Each of the factors is then scored and ranked globally and against regional and income peers. Finland scored the highest in the criminal justice indicator, and was the first in order and security and criminal justice within its region.

The WJP Rule of Law Index is the most comprehensive index of its kind, and the only that relies solely on primary data.

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