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Last updated at 16:50 GMT, Thursday, 27 March 2014

What is freedom?

a horse running

This is what freedom looks like to Cecilia Fatone, who also took this photo

Whether it's freedom from surveillance or freedom to be single, the BBC is investigating what freedom means in the modern world.

Rob and Finn discuss the BBC #Freedom2014 season and find out that freedom means different things to different people.

They also explain some vocabulary related to freedom.

This week's question:

According to the World Freedom Index 2013 by the Canadian Fraser Institute, the people of which country came out as number one, in terms of having the most freedom? Was it:

a) USA

b) Sweden

c) New Zealand

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


What is freedom?

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something that you are morally or legally allowed to do or have


limited by rules or laws


a system of government in which people vote in elections to choose the people who will govern them

free speech

the right to say anything you want about anything


everyone having exactly the same rights and opportunities regardless of colour, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age etc.


the political system that existed in the past in South Africa, in which only white people had political rights and power

forced labour

being made to do hard physical work


the careful watching of a person or place, often secretly and usually done by people in authority, such as the police


secret; only for certain people to see


tried to achieve political or social change by persuading people in authority to do something


a method of government that controls the country in a strict and unfair way

civil rights

the basic rights that all people in a society should have, whatever their race, sex, religion, etc.


idea, aim, belief or way of thinking that a group of people share and try to persuade others to support