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World Politics 2010: Countries with the Highest and Lowest Political Risk

Updated on May 3, 2010

CountryWatch Political Risk Index

According to its website, CountryWatch is an information bureau that provides intelligence data to corporations, government agencies, universities, schools, libraries and individuals who need up-to-date information on each of the recognized countries around the world.

One of the pieces of data CountryWatch monitors and reports is the political risk index associated with the various countries it tracks. The Index is calculated by the Editor-in-Chief of CountryWatch and scaled from 0-10 with 0 posing the greatest political risk and 10 the least risk.

Countries with the Lowest Political Risk as April 2010

According to the CountryWatch political risk index, 23 nations around the world scored nine on the index and could be considered the countries with the lowest political risk as of April 2010. Those countries included:

  1. Austria
  2. Australia
  3. Barbados
  4. Belgium
  5. Canada
  6. Chile
  7. Denmark
  8. Finland
  9. France
  10. Germany
  11. Italy
  12. Japan
  13. Luxemberg
  14. The Netherlands
  15. New Zealand
  16. Norway
  17. Singapore
  18. Spain
  19. Sweden
  20. Switzerland
  21. Taiwan
  22. United Kingdom
  23. United States

Countries with the Highest Political Risk as of April 2010

According to the CountryWatch political risk index, the countries around the world with the highest political risk (i.e. least political stability) included:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. North Korea
  3. Somalia
  4. Zimbabwe
  5. Congo, DRC
  6. Haiti
  7. Iraq
  8. Myanmar (Burma)


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