The Heritage Foundation and WSJ released the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom today. Here's the Top Ten (U.S. ranks #9, with a slight drop from last year's index level). From the Executive Summary:
"Economic freedom advanced this year, regaining much of the momentum lost during the fiscal crisis and global recession. Many governments around the world have rededicated themselves to fiscal soundness, openness and reform, and the majority of countries are once again on a positive path to greater freedom."
By Mark J. Perry