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Want Justice? Try Scandinavia

Justitia Justice Statue Denkmal Skulptur sculpture Römerberg Frankfurt Gerechtigkeit. Werner Schnell—Flickr/Getty Images

Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland all score high marks in World Justice Project's 2013 study

The U.S. may still present itself as the “land of dreams,” but for the “land of justice,” try Scandinavia instead.

The World Justice Project’s newly released Rule of Law index for 2013 put Denmark in top spot ahead of neighbors Norway, Sweden and Finland. But while scoring high overall — notably for government accountability, fundamental rights, lack of corruption and criminal justice — the Nordic quartet was cautioned for discrimination against foreigners and ethnic minorities.

Out of the 99 surveyed countries, the U.S. ranks in 19th place, wedged between France and Uruguay. While fairly consistent with its peers in North America and Western Europe, the U.S. was found to underperform for privacy, due process of law, fundamental labor rights, equal judicial treatment of disadvantaged groups and the unaffordability of legal assistance.

With the lowest points for both government accountability and criminal justice, Venezuela captures the bottom of the list, just below Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.

  • Top 10
    1. Denmark
    2. Norway
    3. Sweden
    4. Finland
    5. Netherlands
    6. New Zealand
    7. Austria
    8. Australia
    9. Germany
    10. Singapore
  • Bottom 10
    90. Uganda
    91. Cambodia
    92. Bangladesh
    93. Nigeria
    94. Bolivia
    95. Cameroon
    96. Pakistan
    97. Zimbabwe
    98. Afghanistan
    99. Venezuela

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