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    Mamma Mia! Sweden’s Remarkable Rise in Economic Freedom

    A member of celebrated Swedish pop group ABBA recently made this confession about the group’s signature bell bottoms and platform heels: “[W]e looked like nuts in those years. Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were.” It turns out that ABBA’s unique fashion choices were partially … More

    Spain: Get Economic Freedom Out of the Shadows

    Spain’s economy is finally pulling out of its recession, with growth accelerating from a standstill to a snail’s pace. This is a good sign for a country that has been in recession for nearly two years. But the official estimates of tepid growth in the formal economy are missing the … More

    Heritage Takes the Message of Economic Freedom to Ukraine

    The Heritage Foundation sought to bring a small measure of encouragement to Ukrainians this week as they continue their months-long protests for democratic and market reforms in the streets of Kyiv and throughout Ukraine. At a presentation sponsored by the U.S.–Ukraine Business Council and the Bleyzer Foundation on February 13, … More

    Success of Tunisia Matters to America

    On February 7, Tunisia, the birthplace of the “Arab Spring,” celebrated the adoption of a new constitution that has been hailed as one of the most progressive in the Middle East and North Africa region. Tunisia’s remarkable political turnaround, epitomized by the almost unanimous ratification of the constitution and the … More

    Index of Economic Freedom in Action During a Senate Budget Committee Hearing

    Senator Jeff Sessions (R–AL) recently asked David Rosenberg, chief economist at a Canada-based global wealth management firm, at a Senate committee hearing: Mr. Rosenberg, according to the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, Canada is more economically free than the United States.… Would you say that [the progress Canada] has made … More

    Sri Lanka: Most Economically Free South Asian Nation

    Sri Lanka has maintained its position as the most economically free nation in South Asia, according to the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom. The country has a sustained annual growth rate of 6 percent since 2010 and continues to pursue economic reforms and liberalization. Despite a dip in its global … More

    The State of Our Union’s Economic Freedom: On a Startling Decline

    During his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out lots of claims, plans, and promises. No matter how much he tries to repackage his rhetoric, however, it remains clear that the state of our union’s economic freedom has become frail due to his misguided policies. According to the … More

    Protesters in Ukraine Are Demanding Economic Freedom

    The headlines coming out of Ukraine are tragic—and inspiring. Ukrainians are risking their lives and property for independence, a path to Europe, and freedom from political oppression. They are also demonstrating for economic freedom, courageously challenging a repressive government that has turned to Stalinist tactics to try to destroy them. … More

    The State of Economic Freedom in Asia

    Asia is home to some of the economically freest and least free nations in the world, according to the recently released Index of Economic Freedom. The Index, published yearly by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, surveys 186 countries and gives each country a score based on 10 … More

    Economic Freedom in Japan: A Lot of Work Ahead

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom. While Japan has dropped in its ranking in the Index of Economic Freedom, from 24th in 2013 to 25th in 2014, it still has a positive growth in economic freedom, allowing it to hold on to … More