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Economy > Entrepreneurship > Protecting Investors > Index ranking: Countries Compared

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 Afghanistan 145 2005
2 Tanzania 144 2005
3 Vietnam 143 2005
4 Venezuela 142 2005
5 Ukraine 141 2005
6 Palau 140 2005
7 Federated States of Micronesia 139 2005
8 Iran 138 2005
9 Ethiopia 137 2005
10 Albania 136 2005
11 Croatia 135 2005
12 Costa Rica 134 2005
13 Tunisia 133 2005
14 Philippines 132 2005
15 Marshall Islands 131 2005
16 Laos 130 2005
17 Honduras 129 2005
18 Greece 128 2005
19 East Timor 127 2005
20 Senegal 126 2005
21 Mexico 125 2005
22 Jordan 124 2005
23 Haiti 123 2005
24 Guatemala 122 2005
25 Austria 121 2005
26 Togo 120 2005
27 Switzerland 119 2005
28 Slovakia 118 2005
29 Morocco 117 2005
30 Lesotho 116 2005
31 Georgia 115 2005
32 Egypt 114 2005
33 Ecuador 113 2005
34 Dominican Republic 112 2005
35 Democratic Republic of the Congo 111 2005
36 Belarus 110 2005
37 Azerbaijan 109 2005
38 Yemen 108 2005
39 Zimbabwe 107 2005
40 Uzbekistan 106 2005
41 Syria 105 2005
42 Sao Tome and Principe 104 2005
43 Netherlands 103 2005
44 Lebanon 102 2005
45 Guyana 101 2005
46 China 100 2005
47 Botswana 99 2005
48 Bolivia 98 2005
49 Algeria 97 2005
50 United Arab Emirates 96 2005
51 Sweden 95 2005
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 94.67 2005
52 Spain 94 2005
53 Sierra Leone 93 2005
54 Panama 92 2005
55 Niger 91 2005
56 Nepal 90 2005
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 89.78 2005
57 Moldova 89 2005
OPEC countries average (profile) 88.11 2005
58 Mali 88 2005
59 South Korea 87 2005
60 Italy 86 2005
61 Iraq 85 2005
62 Hungary 84 2005
63 Guinea 83 2005
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 82.5 2005
64 Eritrea 82 2005
65 El Salvador 81 2005
66 Cote d'Ivoire 80 2005
67 Chad 79 2005
68 Burkina Faso 78 2005
69 Bosnia and Herzegovina 77 2005
70 Uruguay 76 2005
71 Turkey 75 2005
72 Saudi Arabia 74 2005
73 Russia 73 2005
74 Nicaragua 72 2005
75 Kuwait 71 2005
Non-religious countries average (profile) 70.54 2005
76 Kazakhstan 70 2005
77 Iceland 69 2005
78 Czech Republic 68 2005
79 Congo, Republic of the 67 2005
80 Uganda 66 2005
81 Taiwan 65 2005
Eurozone average (profile) 64.67 2005
South and Central Asia average (profile) 64.09 2005
82 Sri Lanka 64 2005
83 Maldives 63 2005
European Union average (profile) 62.4 2005
84 Malawi 62 2005
NATO countries average (profile) 61.31 2005
85 Lithuania 61 2005
86 Kenya 60 2005
Religious countries average (profile) 59.05 2005
87 Jamaica 59 2005
Emerging markets average (profile) 58.84 2005
88 Indonesia 58 2005
89 Germany 57 2005
90 France 56 2005
91 Cambodia 55 2005
92 Bulgaria 54 2005
93 Brazil 53 2005
South Asia average (profile) 52.6 2005
94 Bhutan 52 2005
95 Argentina 51 2005
High income OECD countries average (profile) 50.87 2005
96 Oman 50 2005
97 Kyrgyzstan 49 2005
98 Angola 48 2005
99 Tonga 47 2005
100 Slovenia 46 2005
101 Serbia and Montenegro 45 2005
102 Romania 44 2005
103 Paraguay 43 2005
104 Nigeria 42 2005
105 Madagascar 41 2005
106 Latvia 40 2005
107 Finland 39 2005
108 Fiji 38 2005
109 Colombia 37 2005
110 Chile 36 2005
111 Cameroon 35 2005
112 Benin 34 2005
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 33.14 2005
113 Thailand 33 2005
114 Portugal 32 2005
115 Papua New Guinea 31 2005
116 India 29 2005
117 Ghana 28 2005
118 Estonia 27 2005
119 Australia 26 2005
120 Vanuatu 25 2005
121 Solomon Islands 24 2005
122 Samoa 23 2005
123 Poland 22 2005
124 Peru 21 2005
125 Pakistan 20 2005
126 Kiribati 19 2005
127 Denmark 18 2005
128 Bangladesh 17 2005
129 Norway 16 2005
130 Namibia 15 2005
131 Japan 14 2005
132 Belgium 13 2005
133 Zambia 12 2005
134 Mauritius 11 2005
135 Ireland 10 2005
136 United Kingdom 9 2005
137 South Africa 8 2005
138 United States 7 2005
139 Israel 6 2005
140 Malaysia 5 2005
141 Hong Kong 4 2005
142 Canada 3 2005
143 Singapore 2 2005
144 New Zealand 1 2005

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