See also the publications Voter Turnout Since 1945: A Global Report and Voter Turnout in Western Europe since 1945: A Regional Report, which are based on the data in this database.

Turnout over time: Advances and retreats in electoral participation

I. Turnout over time: Advances and retreats in electoral participation

All countries:

Ranking of average turnout in the 1990s

Country (no. of elections) vote/VAP%
1 Malta (2) 96.7
2 Uruguay (1) 96.1
3Cambodia90.5
4 Seychelles (2) 90.2
5 Indonesia (2) 90.2
6 Italy (3) 90.2
7 Angola (1) 88.3
8 Iceland (2) 88.3
9 Uzbekistan (2) 86.2
10 Antigua and Barbuda (1) 85.6
11 South Africa (1) 85.5
12 Albania (4) 85.3
13 Greece (3) 84.7
14 Belgium (2) 84.1
15 Israel (2) 83.2
16 Czech Republic (4)* 82.8
17 Bosnia and Herzegovina (1) 82.8
18 Australia (3) 82.7
19 Sweden (3) 82.6
20 Azerbaijan (1) 82.5
21 Kuwait (2)* 82.5
22 Mongolia (3) 82.3
23 St. Lucia (2) 82.0
24 Western Samoa (2) 81.9
25 Denmark (2) 81.7
26 Grenada (2) 81.5
27 Maldives (1) 81.5
28 Argentina (4) 81.3
29 Costa Rica (3) 81.0
30 Dominica (3) 80.6
31 Slovenia (2) 80.6
32 Aruba (3) 80.4
33 New Zealand (3) 80.4
34 Mauritius (1) 79.8
35 Austria (3) 79.6
36 Belize (2)79.4
37 Turkey (2) 79.4
38 Palau (1) 79.3
39 Spain (2) 79.0
40 Portugal (2) 78.4
41 Chile (2) 78,0
42 San Marino (2) 77.8
43 Bulgaria (2) 77.5
44 Ethiopia (1) 77.4
45 Cyprus (2) 77.3
46 Romania (2) 77.2
47 Brazil (2) 76.7
48 Slovakia (1) 75.9
49 Norway (2) 75.7
50 Cape Verde (2) 75.6
51 Burundi (1) 75.4
52 Palestinian Authority (1) 75.4
53 Republic of the Congo (1) 75.3
54 Netherlands (1) 75.2
55 Armenia (1) 74.9
56 Nicaragua (2) 74.8
57 Vanuatu (2) 74.6
58 Sri Lanka (1) 74.1
59 Philippines (3) 73.8
60 Croatia (2) 73.5
61 Monaco (1) 73.2
62 St. Vincent and The Grenadines (1) 73.2
63 Germany (2) 72.7
64 Papua New Guinea (2) 72.4
65 Tajikistan (1) 72.4
66 United Kingdom (2) 72.4
67 Guyana (2) 71.9
68 Finland (2) 71.5
69 Macedonia (1) 71.2
70 Nepal (2) 71.2
71 Ireland (2) 70.2
72 Panama (1) 70.1
73 Taiwan, Republic of China (4) 70.1
74 Republic of Korea (2) 70.0
75 St. Kitts and Nevis (2) 69.6
76 Suriname (2) 69.5
77 Togo (3) 69.1
78 Trinidad and Tobago (2) 68.8
79 Malawi (1) 67.9
80 Bahamas (1) 67.6
81 Iran (2) 67.6
82 Barbados (2) 66.7
83 Mozambique (1) 66.4
84 Ukraine (3) 66.1
85 Solomon Islands (2) 65.6
86 Honduras (2) 65.4
87 Burma/Myanmar (1) 64.6
88 Kazakhstan (1) 64.3
89 Algeria (3) 64.2
90 Hungary (3) 64.1
91 Namibia (1) 63.8
92 Malaysia (3) 63.4
93 Latvia (3) 63.1
94 Bangladesh (2) 63.0
95 Belarus (1) 63.0
96 Federated States of Micronesia (1) 63.0
97 Thailand (3) 62.5
98 Kiribati (1) 62.0
99 Ecuador (4) 61.8
100 Lesotho (2) 60.6
101 France (2) 60.6
102 Georgia (2) 60.6
103 Moldova (2) 60.5
104 Luxembourg (1) 60.5
105 Tunisia (1) 60.3
106 Lebanon (2) 60.2
107 India (3) 60.1
108 Benin (2) 60.1
109 Canada (2) 60.1
110 Lithuania (2) 60.1
111 Fiji (2) 59.9
112 Guinea (1) 59.9
113 Sao Tomé and Principe (2) 59.6
114 El Salvador (2) 59.1
115 Syria (1) 58.0
116 Peru (2) 57.3
117 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (3) 57.2
118 Japan (4) 57.0
119 Mexico (3) 56.8
120 Bolivia (2) 56.2
121 Estonia (3) 56.0
122 Gambia (2) 56.0
123 Russia (2) 55.0
124 Liechtenstein (2) 54.7
125 Paraguay (2) 52.4
126 Kyrgyzstan (1) 51.2
127 Morocco (2) 51.0
128 Uganda (1) 50.9
129 Central African Republic (1) 50.3
130 Venezuela (1) 49.9
131 Nauru (1) 49.7
132 Ghana (2) 49.0
133 Dominican Republic (4) 48.4
134 Poland (3) 48.4
135 Tanzania (1) 47.9
136 Madagascar (2) 47.3
137 Jamaica (2) 46.4
138 Cameroon (2) 45.5
139 Chad (1) 45.1
140 USA (4) 44.9
141 Botswana (1) 44.6
142 Kenya (1) 43.8
143 Haiti (2) 42.9
144 Mauritania (1) 42.5
145 Ivory Coast (2) 39.9
146 Pakistan (3) 39.8
147 Singapore (2) 39.4
148 Switzerland (1) 37.7
149 Zimbabwe (2) 37.3
150 Sierra Leone (1) 36.8
151 Yemen (2) 36.8
152 Sudan (1) 36.2
153 Niger (2) 35.6
154 Burkina Faso (2) 34.0
155 Colombia (4) 33.8
156 Guinea-Bissau (1) 32.1
157 Zambia (2) 32.0
158 Jordan (2) 30.6
159 Guatemala (3) 29.6
160 Djibouti (2) 28.0
161 Egypt (2) 27.7
162 Senegal (2) 27.1
163 Mali (2) 27.1

* Czech Republic includes elections in Czechoslovakia 1990 and 1992.
* Women are excluded from the franchise in Kuwait.

 
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