These Are The 20 Least Economically Free Nations In Europe

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According to the Heritage Foundation, economic freedom is the right everybody should have to control his or her own labour and property. In a society with complete economic freedom people are free to undertake any economic activity, be it working, producing or investing, in any way they choose. In order to gauge which nations have the greatest level of this freedom, the foundation assesses every country based on a certain set of criteria.

Overall 10 measurements of economic freedom are scrutinized by the organisation with each country being given a score between zero and 100 for each. By adding these up, each nation is given an overall score for economic freedom. 

For the record, the most economically free country in Europe according to the Heritage Foundation is Switzerland. However, we’ve decided to look at the other end of the scale and list the least economically free. 

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title=”#20 Slovakia”
content=”Rank: 51

Overall Score: 67.0

Business Freedom Score: 71.0

Trade Freedom Score: 87.1

Fiscal Freedom Score: 84.2

Government Spending Score: 48.2

Monetary Freedom Score: 83.5

Investment Freedom Score: 75.0

Financial Freedom Score: 70.0

Property Rights Score: 50.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 43.0

labour Freedom Score: 58.1

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”19-latvia-2″
title=”#19 Latvia”
content=”Rank: 56

Overall Score: 65.2

Business Freedom Score: 75.9

Trade Freedom Score: 87.1

Fiscal Freedom Score: 84.3

Government Spending Score: 43.8

Monetary Freedom Score: 79.1

Investment Freedom Score: 80.0

Financial Freedom Score: 50.0

Property Rights Score: 50.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 43.0

labour Freedom Score: 59.1

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”18-albania-3″
title=”#18 Albania”
content=”Rank: 57

Overall Score: 65.1

Business Freedom Score: 78.2

Trade Freedom Score: 79.8

Fiscal Freedom Score: 91.4

Government Spending Score: 69.5

Monetary Freedom Score: 78.6

Investment Freedom Score: 65.0

Financial Freedom Score: 70.0

Property Rights Score: 35.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 33.0

labour Freedom Score: 51.0

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”17-bulgaria-4″
title=”#17 Bulgaria”
content=”Rank: 61

Overall Score: 64.7

Business Freedom Score: 72.7

Trade Freedom Score: 87.1

Fiscal Freedom Score: 93.6

Government Spending Score: 50.3

Monetary Freedom Score: 77.8

Investment Freedom Score: 55.0

Financial Freedom Score: 60.0

Property Rights Score: 30.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 36.0

labour Freedom Score: 84.2

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”16-romania-5″
title=”#16 Romania”
content=”Rank: 62

Overall Score: 64.4

Business Freedom Score: 70.5

Trade Freedom Score: 87.1

Fiscal Freedom Score: 87.4

Government Spending Score: 55.1

Monetary Freedom Score: 74.3

Investment Freedom Score: 80.0

Financial Freedom Score: 50.0

Property Rights Score: 40.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 37.0

labour Freedom Score: 62.6

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”15-poland-6″
title=”#15 Poland”
content=”Rank: 64

Overall Score: 64.2

Business Freedom Score: 61.4

Trade Freedom Score: 87.1

Fiscal Freedom Score: 74.4

Government Spending Score: 40.3

Monetary Freedom Score: 79.1

Investment Freedom Score: 65.0

Financial Freedom Score: 60.0

Property Rights Score: 60.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 53.0

labour Freedom Score: 61.3

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”14-france-7″
title=”#14 France”
content=”Rank: 67

Overall Score: 63.2

Business Freedom Score: 83.7

Trade Freedom Score: 82.1

Fiscal Freedom Score: 53.8

Government Spending Score: 5.3

Monetary Freedom Score: 82.3

Investment Freedom Score: 55.0

Financial Freedom Score: 70.0

Property Rights Score: 80.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 68.0

labour Freedom Score: 51.6

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”13-portugal-8″
title=”#13 Portugal”
content=”Rank: 68

Overall Score: 63.0

Business Freedom Score: 83.0

Trade Freedom Score: 87.1

Fiscal Freedom Score: 59.0

Government Spending Score: 25.5

Monetary Freedom Score: 82.6

Investment Freedom Score: 70.0

Financial Freedom Score: 60.0

Property Rights Score: 70.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 60.0

labour Freedom Score: 32.5

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”12-slovenia-9″
title=”#12 Slovenia”
content=”Rank: 69

Overall Score: 62.9

Business Freedom Score: 81.4

Trade Freedom Score: 87.1

Fiscal Freedom Score: 64.8

Government Spending Score: 27.9

Monetary Freedom Score: 81.2

Investment Freedom Score: 70.0

Financial Freedom Score: 50.0

Property Rights Score: 60.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 64.0

labour Freedom Score: 42.2

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”11-montenegro-10″
title=”#11 Montenegro”
content=”Rank: 72

Overall Score: 62.5

Business Freedom Score: 69.2

Trade Freedom Score: 83.6

Fiscal Freedom Score: 91.3

Government Spending Score: 31.7

Monetary Freedom Score: 81.2

Investment Freedom Score: 55.0

Financial Freedom Score: 50.0

Property Rights Score: 40.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 37.0

labour Freedom Score: 86.1

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”10-turkey-11″
title=”#10 Turkey”
content=”Rank: 73

Overall Score: 62.5

Business Freedom Score: 67.1

Trade Freedom Score: 85.4

Fiscal Freedom Score: 77.7

Government Spending Score: 58.5

Monetary Freedom Score: 71.9

Investment Freedom Score: 70.0

Financial Freedom Score: 60.0

Property Rights Score: 50.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 44.0

labour Freedom Score: 40.0

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”9-croatia-12″
title=”#9 Croatia”
content=”Rank: 83

Overall Score: 60.9

Business Freedom Score: 63.4

Trade Freedom Score: 87.5

Fiscal Freedom Score: 76.4

Government Spending Score: 45.0

Monetary Freedom Score: 81.4

Investment Freedom Score: 70.0

Financial Freedom Score: 60.0

Property Rights Score: 40.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 41.0

labour Freedom Score: 44.4

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”8-italy-13″
title=”#8 Italy”
content=”Rank: 92

Overall Score: 58.8

Business Freedom Score: 77.4

Trade Freedom Score: 87.1

Fiscal Freedom Score: 55.0

Government Spending Score: 19.4

Monetary Freedom Score: 82.0

Investment Freedom Score: 75.0

Financial Freedom Score: 60.0

Property Rights Score: 50.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 39.0

labour Freedom Score: 43.0

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”7-serbia-14″
title=”#7 Serbia”
content=”Rank: 98

Overall Score: 58.0

Business Freedom Score: 56.5

Trade Freedom Score: 77.9

Fiscal Freedom Score: 84.1

Government Spending Score: 39.3

Monetary Freedom Score: 68.0

Investment Freedom Score: 60.0

Financial Freedom Score: 50.0

Property Rights Score: 40.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 35.0

labour Freedom Score: 68.7

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”6-bosnia-and-herzegovina-15″
title=”#6 Bosnia and Herzegovina”
content=”Rank: 104

Overall Score: 57.3

Business Freedom Score: 55.2

Trade Freedom Score: 86.0

Fiscal Freedom Score: 84.3

Government Spending Score: 24.4

Monetary Freedom Score: 80.7

Investment Freedom Score: 70.0

Financial Freedom Score: 60.0

Property Rights Score: 20.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 32.0

labour Freedom Score: 60.4

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”5-greece-16″
title=”#5 Greece”
content=”Rank: 119

Overall Score: 55.4

Business Freedom Score: 76.3

Trade Freedom Score: 82.1

Fiscal Freedom Score: 65.3

Government Spending Score: 16.2

Monetary Freedom Score: 72.6

Investment Freedom Score: 60.0

Financial Freedom Score: 60.0

Property Rights Score: 50.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 35.0

labour Freedom Score: 36.6

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”4-moldova-17″
title=”#4 Moldova”
content=”Rank: 124

Overall Score: 54.4

Business Freedom Score: 70.0

Trade Freedom Score: 79.0

Fiscal Freedom Score: 86.5

Government Spending Score: 38.7

Monetary Freedom Score: 74.4

Investment Freedom Score: 35.0

Financial Freedom Score: 50.0

Property Rights Score: 40.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 29.0

labour Freedom Score: 41.7

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”3-russia-18″
title=”#3 Russia”
content=”Rank: 144

Overall Score: 50.5

Business Freedom Score: 65.1

Trade Freedom Score: 68.2

Fiscal Freedom Score: 82.5

Government Spending Score: 48.6

Monetary Freedom Score: 66.3

Investment Freedom Score: 25.0

Financial Freedom Score: 40.0

Property Rights Score: 25.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 21.0

labour Freedom Score: 63.5

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”2-belarus-19″
title=”#2 Belarus”
content=”Rank: 153

Overall Score: 49.0

Business Freedom Score: 71.3

Trade Freedom Score: 80.4

Fiscal Freedom Score: 86.6

Government Spending Score: 34.9

Monetary Freedom Score: 65.3

Investment Freedom Score: 20.0

Financial Freedom Score: 10.0

Property Rights Score: 20.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 25.0

labour Freedom Score: 77.0

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation
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permalink=”1-ukraine-20″
title=”#1 Ukraine”
content=”Rank: 163

Overall Score: 46.1

Business Freedom Score: 46.2

Trade Freedom Score: 84.4

Fiscal Freedom Score: 78.2

Government Spending Score: 29.4

Monetary Freedom Score: 67.7

Investment Freedom Score: 20.0

Financial Freedom Score: 30.0

Property Rights Score: 30.0

Freedom From Corruption Score: 24.0

labour Freedom Score: 51.2

SOURCE: Heritage Foundation

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