Territory in eastern Arabia, ruled since 1971 by the Al Thani family
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  • Qatar (Arabic: قطر Qaṭar), officially the State of Qatar (Arabic: دولة قطر‎‎ Dawlat Qaṭar), is a sovereign country located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. A strait in the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island country of Bahrain, as well as sharing maritime borders with the United Arab Emirates and Iran.

    Measures of Freedom

    Human Freedom Index, The Human Freedom Index 2016: A Global Measurement of Personal, Civil, and Economic Freedom
    2014: 6.38, Rank: 117, Personal Freedom: 4.86, Economic Freedom: 7.91, Democracy Index: 2.95
    Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report
    2014: 7.91, Rank: 12
    Qatar | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016: Anxious Dictators, Wavering Democracies: Global Freedom under Pressure
    2016: Status: Not Free, Aggregate Score: 27, Political Rights: 6, Civil Liberties: 5
    "The government of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Qatar's emir since 2013, became less assertive in foreign policy during 2015 as domestic challenges—arising from low oil and gas prices and a related slowdown in public spending—took priority. Relations with fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states improved markedly, and Qatar supported the Saudi-led military operation in Yemen."

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