According to the Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy index 2017 (The “Index”), Mauritius occupied the first position in Africa with an overall score of 8.22 and is ranked 16th out of the 167 countries worldwide. Mauritius is considered as the only “fully free” democracy in Africa.

The Index is measured on a scale of 0 to 10 and only countries with scores above 8 are categories as “full” democracies. The study is based on five criteria namely the electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, political culture and civil liberties.

The top five countries which are considered as the most democratic countries in the world are Norway, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, Denmark. According to the report only 4.5 percent of people live in full democracies