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Canada is freer than the U.S., Hong Kong the best in the world

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Canada is outranking the United States when it comes to personal, civil and economic freedoms, according to a new Fraser Institute report.

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The Human Freedom Index by the public policy research group, shows Canada ranks sixth, while the U.S. lies many spots back at 20th position.

The index, which ranks 152 countries worldwide, is based on information taken from 70 different data sources from 2008 to 2012.

The intention is to measure the degree to which people are free to enjoy classic civil liberties - freedom of speech, religion, individual economic choice, and association and assembly - in each country.

Hong Kong was at the top of the list, followed by Switzerland, Finland, Denmark and New Zealand in the top five. Myanmar, Congo and Iran ranked last.

Hong Kong's ranking benefits from its high economic freedom score, the Fraser Institute says. However, the freedom index does not measure democracy, which could have caused the country's ranking to deteriorate.

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