The consumer is King -- and Queen. The consumer is the person who buys products and services for personal or family use -- such as food, clothes, house furnishings and appliances. The consumer is the person who also chooses vacations, medical care and other personal and family related services. This list of democratic countries is recommended for consumers who want to buy products and services from a democracy (1). The name of a country is on labels, websites, and envelopes.

Consumers have powerful control over a country's standard of living and standard of government. Consumer spending is 2/3's of an economy. The remaining 1/3 is government and business spending. A country's standard of living and standard of government depends mostly on consumers. Paychecks are possible mainly because you buy products and services for personal use and pay taxes. Therefore, your choices of products and services are important because your choices can play an important role in a country's decision to be a democracy. Government officials salaries depend on their country's income tax and sales tax.

Democracies that are government sanctioned tax havens for secret bank accounts (2), or havens for child trafficking (3) are excluded from the following list.

Electoral Democracies

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia

Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Bulgaria

Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Croatia

Denmark, Dominican Republic

El Salvador, Estonia

Finland, France

Germany, Ghana, Greece

Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy



Latvia, Lithuania

Malta, Mauritius, Mongolia, Montenegro

Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway

Palau, Peru, Portugal


Saint Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and Grenadines, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden

Taiwan, Tonga

United States

(1) Freedom House. Freedom in the World. 2014 Edition. Independent Countries, p. 18-23. (* - Indicates a country's status as an electoral democracy)

(2) OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. Tax Transparency 2013: Report on Progress. Annexes, p. 39-47.

(3) U.S. Dept. of State. Trafficking in Persons Report 2013. Tier Placements.

For a list of U.S. states cutting global warming, see

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