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 2017
2 Eritrea 189.00 2017
3 Venezuela 188.00 2017
4 Yemen 186.00 2017
5 Libya 185.00 2017
6 Central African Republic 184.00 2017
7 Afghanistan 183.00 2017
8 Dem. Rep. Congo 182.00 2017
9 Haiti 181.00 2017
10 Chad 180.00 2017
11 Congo 179.00 2017
12 Timor-Leste 178.00 2017
13 Bangladesh 177.00 2017
14 Guinea-Bissau 176.00 2017
15 Angola 175.00 2017
16 Syrian Arab Republic 174.00 2017
17 Equatorial Guinea 173.00 2017
18 Liberia 172.00 2017
19 Myanmar 171.00 2017
20 Sudan 170.00 2017
21 São Tomé and Principe 169.00 2017
22 Iraq 168.00 2017
23 Gabon 167.00 2017
24 Algeria 166.00 2017
25 Suriname 165.00 2017
26 Burundi 164.00 2017
27 Cameroon 163.00 2017
28 Madagascar 162.00 2017
29 Ethiopia 161.00 2017
30 Sierra Leone 160.00 2017
31 Zimbabwe 159.00 2017
32 Comoros 158.00 2017
33 Kiribati 157.00 2017
34 Togo 156.00 2017
35 Djibouti 154.00 2017
36 Guinea 153.00 2017
37 Bolivia 152.00 2017
38 Benin 151.00 2017
39 Mauritania 150.00 2017
40 Burkina Faso 148.00 2017
41 Pakistan 147.00 2017
42 The Gambia 146.00 2017
43 Nigeria 145.00 2017
44 Niger 144.00 2017
45 Mali 143.00 2017
46 Grenada 142.00 2017
47 Lao PDR 141.00 2017
48 Senegal 140.00 2017
49 Côte d'Ivoire 139.00 2017
50 Mozambique 138.00 2017
51 Tanzania 137.00 2017
52 Cambodia 135.00 2017
53 St. Kitts and Nevis 134.00 2017
54 Lebanon 133.00 2017
55 Barbados 132.00 2017
56 Nicaragua 131.00 2017
57 Palau 130.00 2017
58 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 129.00 2017
59 Egypt 128.00 2017
60 Cabo Verde 127.00 2017
61 Guyana 126.00 2017
62 Brazil 125.00 2017
63 Iran 124.00 2017
64 Tajikistan 123.00 2017
65 Uganda 122.00 2017
66 Belize 121.00 2017
67 Ghana 120.00 2017
68 The Bahamas 119.00 2017
69 Ecuador 118.00 2017
70 Argentina 117.00 2017
71 Solomon Islands 116.00 2017
72 Honduras 115.00 2017
73 Philippines 113.00 2017
74 Swaziland 112.00 2017
75 Sri Lanka 111.00 2017
76 Malawi 110.00 2017
77 Papua New Guinea 109.00 2017
78 Paraguay 108.00 2017
79 Antigua and Barbuda 107.00 2017
80 Namibia 106.00 2017
81 Nepal 105.00 2017
82 Lesotho 104.00 2017
83 Jordan 103.00 2017
84 Trinidad and Tobago 102.00 2017
85 Fiji 101.00 2017
86 India 100.00 2017
87 Dominican Republic 99.00 2017
88 Dominica 98.00 2017
89 Guatemala 97.00 2017
90 Kuwait 96.00 2017
91 Seychelles 95.00 2017
92 Uruguay 94.00 2017
93 San Marino 93.00 2017
94 Saudi Arabia 92.00 2017
95 St. Lucia 91.00 2017
96 Vanuatu 90.00 2017
97 Tonga 89.00 2017
98 Tunisia 88.00 2017
99 Samoa 87.00 2017
100 Bosnia and Herzegovina 86.00 2017
101 Zambia 85.00 2017
102 Malta 84.00 2017
103 Qatar 83.00 2017
104 South Africa 82.00 2017
105 Botswana 81.00 2017
106 Kenya 80.00 2017
107 Panama 79.00 2017
108 China 78.00 2017
109 Kyrgyz Republic 77.00 2017
110 Ukraine 76.00 2017
111 Bhutan 75.00 2017
112 Uzbekistan 74.00 2017
113 El Salvador 73.00 2017
114 Indonesia 72.00 2017
115 Oman 71.00 2017
116 Jamaica 70.00 2017
117 Morocco 69.00 2017
118 Vietnam 68.00 2017
119 Greece 67.00 2017
120 Bahrain 66.00 2017
121 Albania 65.00 2017
122 Puerto Rico 64.00 2017
123 Luxembourg 63.00 2017
124 Mongolia 62.00 2017
125 Costa Rica 61.00 2017
126 Turkey 60.00 2017
127 Colombia 59.00 2017
128 Peru 58.00 2017
129 Azerbaijan 57.00 2017
130 Brunei 56.00 2017
131 Chile 55.00 2017
132 Israel 54.00 2017
133 Cyprus 53.00 2017
134 Belgium 52.00 2017
135 Croatia 51.00 2017
136 Bulgaria 50.00 2017
137 Mexico 49.00 2017
138 Hungary 48.00 2017
139 Armenia 47.00 2017
140 Italy 46.00 2017
141 Romania 45.00 2017
142 Moldova 44.00 2017
143 Serbia 43.00 2017
144 Montenegro 42.00 2017
145 Rwanda 41.00 2017
146 Slovak Republic 39.00 2017
147 Belarus 38.00 2017
148 Slovenia 37.00 2017
149 Kazakhstan 36.00 2017
150 Russia 35.00 2017
151 Japan 34.00 2017
152 Switzerland 33.00 2017
153 Netherlands 32.00 2017
154 France 31.00 2017
155 Czech Republic 30.00 2017
156 Portugal 29.00 2017
157 Spain 28.00 2017
158 Poland 27.00 2017
159 Thailand 26.00 2017
160 Mauritius 25.00 2017
161 Malaysia 24.00 2017
162 Iceland 23.00 2017
163 Austria 22.00 2017
164 United Arab Emirates 21.00 2017
165 Germany 20.00 2017
166 Latvia 19.00 2017
167 Canada 18.00 2017
168 Ireland 17.00 2017
169 Lithuania 16.00 2017
170 Australia 14.00 2017
171 Finland 13.00 2017
172 Estonia 12.00 2017
173 Macedonia 11.00 2017
174 Sweden 10.00 2017
175 Georgia 9.00 2017
176 Norway 8.00 2017
177 United Kingdom 7.00 2017
178 United States 6.00 2017
179 Hong Kong SAR, China 5.00 2017
180 Korea 4.00 2017
181 Denmark 3.00 2017
182 Singapore 2.00 2017
183 New Zealand 1.00 2017

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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.