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European Union Compared by Economy > Entrepreneurship > Protecting Investors > Index ranking

DEFINITION: Doing Business measures the strength of minority shareholder protections against directors’ misuse of corporate assets for personal gain. The indicators distinguish 3 dimensions of investor protection: transparency of transactions (extent of disclosure index), liability for self-dealing (extent of director liability index) and shareholders’ ability to sue officers and directors for misconduct (ease of shareholder suits index). The data come from a survey of corporate lawyers and are based on company laws, codes of civil procedure and securities regulations. To make the data comparable across countries, several assumptions about the business and the transaction are used. NOTE: This is a ranking derived from several indicators, 1 being the best (ranked first). The higher the number on this graph, the lower their overall ranking. Invert this graph by clicking on 'Amount' at the top. Consult source for details on methodology.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Croatia 135 2005
2 Greece 128 2005
3 Austria 121 2005
4 Slovakia 118 2005
5 Netherlands 103 2005
6 Sweden 95 2005
7 Spain 94 2005
8 Italy 86 2005
9 Hungary 84 2005
10 Czech Republic 68 2005
11 Lithuania 61 2005
12 Germany 57 2005
13 France 56 2005
14 Bulgaria 54 2005
15 Slovenia 46 2005
16 Romania 44 2005
17 Latvia 40 2005
18 Finland 39 2005
19 Portugal 32 2005
20 Estonia 27 2005
21 Poland 22 2005
22 Denmark 18 2005
23 Belgium 13 2005
24 Ireland 10 2005
25 United Kingdom 9 2005

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