The Best (and Worst) Countries for Business
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 forbes.com/ best-countries-for-business.