Portugal is economically the freest of the eight Portuguese-speaking countries

Portugal is the Portuguese-speaking country placed highest in the Index of Economic Freedom of the American Heritage Foundation and Timor-Leste (East Timor) is classified lowest, according to the report for 2017 released by the foundation.

Portugal was included in the group of moderately free countries, in fact the only one of eight Portuguese-speaking nations, but fell by 2.5 points compared to its score for 2016, with 62.6 points and now standing in 77th place out of 180 countries.

In the group of mostly unfree countries areCabo Verde (Cape Verde), in 116th position with 56.9 points and an annual fall of 9.6 points, Guinea-Bissau in 119th position with 56.1 points and an improvement of 4.3 points, Sao Tome and Principe, in 124th position with 55.4 points and a decrease of 1.3 points and Brazil, 140th position with 52.9 points and an annual fall of 3.6 points.

Finally is the group of repressed countries, which include Mozambique in 158th place 49.9 points and an annual decrease of 3.3 points, Angola in 165th place with 48.5 points and decrease of 0.4 points and, finally, Timor-Leste in 173rd place with 46.3 points and an improvement of 0.5 points.

The top five in the ranking are Hong Kong with 89.8 points, Singapore (88.6 points), New Zealand (83.7), Switzerland (81.5) and Australia (81 points), the only countries that are part of the group of free nations in economic terms. (macauhub)