25 nations are placed under "full democracies", most of which are in Europe. The U.S. ranks only 19th, falling from 17th last year. Hong Kong and Singapore are 80th and 81st, respectively, after Malaysia (71st), The Philippines (75th) and even Ghana (78th).
Among BRIC nations, India ranks highest, at 39th. Followed by Brazil (45th) and Russia (117th). China fell from last year's 136th place to 141st this year. North Korea is bottom.
See the full ranking here by the Economist Intelligence Unit.