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Note: This is the “Key Countries” edition of the Report, which contains only select countries. As of 2016, chapters for every country are available and updated all year-round in the Online Edition (see the Country Index for all countries) and we do not produce a PDF of the entire contents which would run to several hundred pages).

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Open data

The boundary conditions applied to each country, as well as “blasphemy” and “apostasy” laws status and ranking calculations, are available in our Open Data. Note that the statuses are derived from the detailed considerations in the narrative report for each country, for which see the full Country Index.