Ease of doing business index (1=most business-friendly regulations) - Country Ranking

Definition: Ease of doing business ranks economies from 1 to 190, with first place being the best. A high ranking (a low numerical rank) means that the regulatory environment is conducive to business operation. The index averages the country's percentile rankings on 10 topics covered in the World Bank's Doing Business. The ranking on each topic is the simple average of the percentile rankings on its component indicators.

Source: World Bank, Doing Business project (http://www.doingbusiness.org/).

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Somalia 190.00 2019
2 Eritrea 189.00 2019
3 Venezuela 188.00 2019
4 Yemen 187.00 2019
5 Libya 186.00 2019
6 Central African Republic 184.00 2019
7 Dem. Rep. Congo 183.00 2019
8 Chad 182.00 2019
9 Timor-Leste 181.00 2019
10 Congo 180.00 2019
11 Haiti 179.00 2019
12 Equatorial Guinea 178.00 2019
13 Angola 177.00 2019
14 Syrian Arab Republic 176.00 2019
15 Liberia 175.00 2019
16 Guinea-Bissau 174.00 2019
17 Afghanistan 173.00 2019
18 Iraq 172.00 2019
19 Sudan 171.00 2019
20 São Tomé and Principe 170.00 2019
21 Gabon 169.00 2019
22 Bangladesh 168.00 2019
23 Cameroon 167.00 2019
24 Burundi 166.00 2019
25 Myanmar 165.00 2019
26 Kiribati 164.00 2019
27 Sierra Leone 163.00 2019
28 Suriname 162.00 2019
29 Madagascar 161.00 2019
30 Comoros 160.00 2019
31 Ethiopia 159.00 2019
32 Algeria 157.00 2019
33 Guinea 156.00 2019
34 The Gambia 155.00 2019
35 Lao PDR 154.00 2019
36 Mauritania 152.00 2019
37 Burkina Faso 151.00 2019
38 Bolivia 150.00 2019
39 Benin 149.00 2019
40 Mali 148.00 2019
41 Grenada 146.00 2019
42 Palau 145.00 2019
43 Cambodia 144.00 2019
44 Lebanon 143.00 2019
45 Nicaragua 142.00 2019
46 Tanzania 141.00 2019
47 Zimbabwe 140.00 2019
48 St. Kitts and Nevis 139.00 2019
49 Mozambique 138.00 2019
50 Cabo Verde 137.00 2019
51 Solomon Islands 136.00 2019
52 Belize 135.00 2019
53 Guyana 134.00 2019
54 Honduras 133.00 2019
55 Niger 132.00 2019
56 Nigeria 131.00 2019
57 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 130.00 2019
58 Ecuador 129.00 2019
59 Barbados 128.00 2019
60 Iran 127.00 2019
61 Argentina 126.00 2019
62 Paraguay 125.00 2019
63 Brazil 124.00 2019
64 Senegal 123.00 2019
65 Lesotho 122.00 2019
66 Eswatini 121.00 2019
67 Papua New Guinea 120.00 2019
68 The Bahamas 119.00 2019
69 Ghana 118.00 2019
70 Uganda 116.00 2019
71 Dominican Republic 115.00 2019
72 Egypt 114.00 2019
73 Antigua and Barbuda 113.00 2019
74 Djibouti 112.00 2019
75 Dominica 111.00 2019
76 Côte d'Ivoire 110.00 2019
77 Malawi 109.00 2019
78 Pakistan 108.00 2019
79 Vanuatu 107.00 2019
80 Tajikistan 106.00 2019
81 Trinidad and Tobago 105.00 2019
82 Namibia 104.00 2019
83 Tonga 103.00 2019
84 Fiji 102.00 2019
85 Uruguay 101.00 2019
86 Seychelles 100.00 2019
87 Sri Lanka 99.00 2019
88 Samoa 98.00 2019
89 Togo 97.00 2019
90 Guatemala 96.00 2019
91 Philippines 95.00 2019
92 Nepal 94.00 2019
93 St. Lucia 93.00 2019
94 San Marino 92.00 2019
95 El Salvador 91.00 2019
96 Bosnia and Herzegovina 90.00 2019
97 Bhutan 89.00 2019
98 Malta 88.00 2019
99 Botswana 87.00 2019
100 Panama 86.00 2019
101 Zambia 85.00 2019
102 South Africa 84.00 2019
103 Kuwait 83.00 2019
104 Albania 82.00 2019
105 Mongolia 81.00 2019
106 Kyrgyz Republic 80.00 2019
107 Greece 79.00 2019
108 Tunisia 78.00 2019
109 Qatar 77.00 2019
110 Peru 76.00 2019
111 Jordan 75.00 2019
112 Costa Rica 74.00 2019
113 Indonesia 73.00 2019
114 Luxembourg 72.00 2019
115 Jamaica 71.00 2019
116 Vietnam 70.00 2019
117 Uzbekistan 69.00 2019
118 Oman 68.00 2019
119 Colombia 67.00 2019
120 Brunei 66.00 2019
121 Puerto Rico 65.00 2019
122 Ukraine 64.00 2019
123 India 63.00 2019
124 Saudi Arabia 62.00 2019
125 Bulgaria 61.00 2019
126 Mexico 60.00 2019
127 Chile 59.00 2019
128 Italy 58.00 2019
129 Kenya 56.00 2019
130 Romania 55.00 2019
131 Cyprus 54.00 2019
132 Morocco 53.00 2019
133 Hungary 52.00 2019
134 Croatia 51.00 2019
135 Montenegro 50.00 2019
136 Belarus 49.00 2019
137 Moldova 48.00 2019
138 Armenia 47.00 2019
139 Belgium 46.00 2019
140 Slovak Republic 45.00 2019
141 Serbia 44.00 2019
142 Bahrain 43.00 2019
143 Netherlands 42.00 2019
144 Czech Republic 41.00 2019
145 Poland 40.00 2019
146 Portugal 39.00 2019
147 Rwanda 38.00 2019
148 Slovenia 37.00 2019
149 Switzerland 36.00 2019
150 Israel 35.00 2019
151 Azerbaijan 34.00 2019
152 Turkey 33.00 2019
153 France 32.00 2019
154 China 31.00 2019
155 Spain 30.00 2019
156 Japan 29.00 2019
157 Russia 28.00 2019
158 Austria 27.00 2019
159 Iceland 26.00 2019
160 Kazakhstan 25.00 2019
161 Ireland 24.00 2019
162 Canada 23.00 2019
163 Germany 22.00 2019
164 Thailand 21.00 2019
165 Finland 20.00 2019
166 Latvia 19.00 2019
167 Estonia 18.00 2019
168 North Macedonia 17.00 2019
169 United Arab Emirates 16.00 2019
170 Australia 14.00 2019
171 Mauritius 13.00 2019
172 Malaysia 12.00 2019
173 Lithuania 11.00 2019
174 Sweden 10.00 2019
175 Norway 9.00 2019
176 United Kingdom 8.00 2019
177 Georgia 7.00 2019
178 United States 6.00 2019
179 Korea 5.00 2019
180 Denmark 4.00 2019
181 Hong Kong SAR, China 3.00 2019
182 Singapore 2.00 2019
183 New Zealand 1.00 2019

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Development Relevance: The economic health of a country is measured not only in macroeconomic terms but also by other factors that shape daily economic activity such as laws, regulations, and institutional arrangements. The data measure business regulation, gauge regulatory outcomes, and measure the extent of legal protection of property, the flexibility of employment regulation, and the tax burden on businesses. The fundamental premise of this data is that economic activity requires good rules and regulations that are efficient, accessible to all who need to use them, and simple to implement. Thus sometimes there is more emphasis on more regulation, such as stricter disclosure requirements in related-party transactions, and other times emphasis is on for simplified regulations, such as a one-stop shop for completing business startup formalities. Entrepreneurs may not be aware of all required procedures or may avoid legally required procedures altogether. But where regulation is particularly onerous, levels of informality are higher, which comes at a cost: firms in the informal sector usually grow more slowly, have less access to credit, and employ fewer workers - and those workers remain outside the protections of labor law. The indicator can help policymakers understand the business environment in a country and - along with information from other sources such as the World Bank's Enterprise Surveys - provide insights into potential areas of reform.

Limitations and Exceptions: The Doing Business methodology has limitations that should be considered when interpreting the data. First, the data collected refer to businesses in the economy's largest city and may not represent regulations in other locations of the economy. To address this limitation, subnational indicators are being collected for selected economies. These subnational studies point to significant differences in the speed of reform and the ease of doing business across cities in the same economy. Second, the data often focus on a specific business form - generally a limited liability company of a specified size - and may not represent regulation for other types of businesses such as sole proprietorships. Third, transactions described in a standardized business case refer to a specific set of issues and may not represent the full set of issues a business encounters. Fourth, the time measures involve an element of judgment by the expert respondents. When sources indicate different estimates, the Doing Business time indicators represent the median values of several responses given under the assumptions of the standardized case. Fifth, the methodology assumes that a business has full information on what is required and does not waste time when completing procedures.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Data are collected by the World Bank with a standardized survey that uses a simple business case to ensure comparability across economies and over time - with assumptions about the legal form of the business, its size, its location, and nature of its operation. Surveys are administered through more than 9,000 local experts, including lawyers, business consultants, accountants, freight forwarders, government officials, and other professionals who routinely administer or advise on legal and regulatory requirements. The indicator measures the time, cost, and outcome of insolvency proceedings involving domestic entities. The time required for creditors to recover their credit is recorded in calendar years. The cost of the proceedings is recorded as a percentage of the value of the debtor's estate. The Doing Business project of the World Bank encompasses two types of data: data from readings of laws and regulations and data on time and motion indicators that measure efficiency in achieving a regulatory goal. Within the time and motion indicators cost estimates are recorded from official fee schedules where applicable. The data from surveys are subjected to numerous tests for robustness, which lead to revision or expansion of the information collected.

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Data are presented for the survey year instead of publication year. Data before 2013 are not comparable with data from 2013 onward due to methodological changes.