The Best (and Worst) Coun­tries for Busi­ness

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look­ing for a land of op­por­tu­nity? the old world beck­ons.

EUROPE DOM­I­NATES FORBES’ an­nual rank­ing of the fnest coun­tries for cap­i­tal­ism—with Den­mark ranked frst. The Danes pay lots in per­sonal taxes, but cor­po­rate rates are sur­pris­ingly low, and the coun­try gets high marks for in­no­va­tion and mon­e­tary free­dom. (No­tice a cer­tain prom­i­nent na­tion miss­ing from the top 15? The United States hasn’t been in that group in two years, pushed down by places with less red tape and more trade free­dom. The U.S. is No. 22 this year.)

At the bot­tom of the list are a num­ber of emerg­ing mar­kets con­strained by high lev­els of cor­rup­tion. In all, we rank 144 coun­tries in up to 11 cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing taxes, property rights, in­vestor pro­tec­tion and mon­e­tary poli­cies. For the full list, go to best-coun­tries-for-busi­ness.

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