Best Countries for Business 2013

by Nate Wooley | January 23, 2013 9:59 am

[1]A new list is out ranking the best countries for doing business.

It’s the second such annual list compiled by Bloomberg Rankings, a subsidiary of Bloomberg. It ranks nations on how business-friendly they are based on numerous factors such as start-up costs, labor costs, materials and transportation costs and so forth.

Here are the top five locations[2]:

  1. Hong Kong[3]: The city-state tops the list for the second straight year with low start-up costs and No. 2 rankings in transport and less tangibles costs.
  2. U.S.[4]: Lower costs and quality economic integration give the U.S. the No. 2 spot.
  3. Japan[5]: Very low cost of labor and materials as well as good economic integration.
  4. Netherlands[6]: Higher labor costs were overcome by low transport and other costs.
  5. Germany[7]: The best economic integration and good local consumers bring it in at No. 5.

Overall, more than 161 countries were studied. The top 20 can be seen at Bloomberg[8].

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