Readability of Constitutions

A number of Readability tests exist that are used to evaluate the readability of text, usually by counting syllables, words, and sentences.

This visual is a result of a readability study of 189 constitutions of the world, by applying the Flesch Reading Ease test.

Each bubble is a country. The face of a bubble is represented by the flag of that country. When a bubble is clicked the constitution of that country appears in its entirety where each rectangle represents a chunk of text and the color of the rectangle shows the Flesch Reading Ease Score Level.

India has the largest constitution

With 448 articles in 25 parts, 12 schedules, 5 appendices and 98 amendments, the current form of India's constitution is the longest written constitution among any country in the world.

India's constitution was drawn up in 1950, and is heavily influenced by the British model of parliamentary democracy. A number of pricinples from the Constitution of the United States of America were also incorporated. Read more on Wikipedia

The US has one of the shortest constitutions

With 7 articles and 27 amendments, the Constitution of the United States is the one of the smallest in the world. The constitution has been amended 27 times, with the first 10 amendments being constituting the "Bill of Rights".

The United States constitution was written in 1777 and ratified by all 13 states in 1781. Several ideas in the constitution were new, particularly the federal nature of government. Read more on Wikipedia

Libya's has the shorted constitution, for now

The constitution of Libya is the shortest in terms of its size. Though numbering 35 articles, it only has around 3,000 words, and is a relatively simple document to read as well.

Libya's constitution was implemented in 1951 as a constitutional and heriditary monarchy. Following the military coup of 1969, the Libyan Constitution was no longer in effect. After the 2011 civil war, the constitution is being re-drafted. Read more on Wikipedia

Luxembourg's is the most readable one

The current constitution of Luxembourg has a Flesch reading ease index of 71, placing it the highest among all constitutions. It has very short sentences, many of which mainly use two-syllable words.

The constitution, in its current form, was adopted in 1868, and established Luxembourg as a monarchy. It has undergone several amendments especially in recent times — over 25 of which were since 1980. Read more on Wikipedia

St Vincent have the least readable one

St Vincent and the Grenadines are small islands in the Caribbean Sea near South America that is part of the Commonwealth realm, which includes countries like the UK, Canada and Australia, as well as several smaller countries.

St Vincent is a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as the monarch. The use of very long sentences, and the presence of complex multi-syllabled words makes this Constitution one of the toughest to read based on the Flesch reading ease score. Read more on Wikipedia

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