New Zealand has been ranked sixth overall in a global index measuring the rule of law.

The World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index surveyed 99 countries on eight categories including government accountability, crime, corruption, fundamental rights, access to justice and order and security.

New Zealand came sixth after Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands.

The index was compiled from the results of more than 100,000 household and 2400 expert surveys measuring how the rule of law was experienced in everyday life around the world.

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New Zealand also came second in the index's open government category - beaten only by Norway - and third in the absence of corruption category.

Overall Rankings

1.

Denmark

2.

Norway

3.

Sweden

4.

Finland

5.

Netherlands

6. New Zealand

7.

Austria

8.

Australia

9.

Germany

10.

Singapore