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EuCham - European Chamber - 2016-07 Best European countries for business 2016

     


     
     
     



2016-07 Best European countries for business 2016

EuCham - European Chamber lists the European countries which appear to have the best economic environment out of the 46 nations considered in the analysis. The final scores result from the average between the DTF (Distance to Frontier) index of World Bank and the CPI (Corruption Perception Index) of Transparency International, since business integrity and transparency play an important role. In particular, the higher the average between these two values, the more favourable the country's environment is.

Based on this study, Nordic countries rank at the top of the list and can be identified as the nations in which it is best to do business in. Given the variables taken into consideration, it is clear that EuCham score addresses the overall integrity and ethical issue of doing business together with its natural financial objective, also reflecting its long-term sustainability goals.

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EuCham Charts

July 2016

Best European countries for business 2016


 

 

Country

Score

1

Denmark

87,7

2

Finland

85,5

3

Sweden

85,4

4

Norway

84,3

5

United Kingdom

81,7

...

   

46

Ukraine

45.0


EuCham data based on World Bank and Transparency International.
46 European countries were considered.


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  • Nordic countries rank at the top of the European countries that are best to do business in.

  • The EuCham rating is calculated on the average of two different scores: Corruption Perception Index (CPI, Transparency International) and Distance to frontier score (World Bank).

  • The EuCham score addresses the overall integrity and ethical issue of doing business together with its natural financial objective, reflecting its long-term sustainability goals.



Source: eucham.eu/charts

Detailed information

The European Chamber ranks European countries based on their business environment. The ranking, named EuCham score, originates from the average of World Bank’s Distance To Frontier score and Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index.

An economy’s EuCham score is reflected on a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 represents the lowest performance and 100 represents the best performance. Denmark tops the ranking with a score of 88, followed by Finland, Sweden, Norway and United Kingdom.

Other researches, which don't take into consideration corruption issues, show different results as they only reflect on the capacity of countries' environments in order to address the corporate sector's desire to create financial results. The ease of doing business is largely influenced by the effectiveness of regulations and by the time it takes to complete corporate transactions. EuCham considers integrity and transparency expectations as an equally important factor in the assessment.

Methodology

In order to assess European countries based on their business environment, EuCham blends two different scores: the DTF score of World Bank and the CPI score of Transparency International, since business integrity and transparency play an important role in a country's’ environment.

The DTF - Distance To Frontier score by World Bank (from the Doing Business report) measures the distance of each country’s economy to the frontier, mirroring the best performance on each indicator across all economies (e.g. starting business, paying taxes, trading across borders, property registration). The difference is shown on a scale from 0 (lowest performance) to 100 (frontier); a score of 70 means that the economy is 30 points away from the frontier.

The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from Transparency International was used to determine how corrupt each country’s public sector is seen to be on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). A low score can be a sign of widespread bribery, lack of punishment for corruption, or a government not responding to social needs.

The EuCham score, used for the ranking, is the average of the CPI and the DTF score. A high score means the country is favorable to do business in, and the lowest score refers to the least favorable country to do business in.

 

 Best European countries for business 2016

Figure 1: European Map Chart 

European Map Chart

 

Best European countries for business 2016

 Figure 2: The EuCham Score

No data: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino.
Source: World Bank 2016, Transparency International
EuCham Research Department

Best European countries for business 2016

Table 1: The EuCham Score

 

Ranking

EuCham score

DTF score
The World Bank

CPI score
Transparency Int.

2014

2015

 

2014

2015

data 2014

data 2015

data 2014

data 2015

Denmark

1

1

-

88.1

87.7

84.3

84.4

92

91

Finland

2

2

-

85.0

85.5

81.0

81.1

89

90

Sweden

3

3

-

84.2

85.4

81.4

81.7

87

89

Norway

4

4

-

83.8

84.3

81.5

81.6

86

87

United Kingdom

6

5

80.1

81.7

82.2

82.5

78

81

Netherlands

7

6

79.5

81.5

76.0

75.9

83

87

Switzerland

5

7

⬇⬇

81.0

81.0

76.0

76.0

86

86

Germany

8

8

-

79.3

80.4

79.6

79.9

79

81

Iceland

9

9

-

78.9

79.0

78.9

78.9

79

79

Austria

11

10

75.2

77.2

78.4

78.4

72

76

Ireland

10

11

76.4

77.1

78.9

79.2

74

75

Belgium

13

12

74.2

74.8

72.4

72.5

76

77

Estonia

14

13

74.1

74.7

79.3

79.5

69

70

Luxembourg

12

14

⬇⬇

75.2

74.7

68.3

68.3

82

81

France

15

15

-

72.3

73.0

75.5

76.0

69

70

Portugal

16

16

-

70.2

70.3

77.4

77.6

63

63

Lithuania

18

17

68.1

69.9

78.2

78.9

58

61

Poland

17

18

68.2

69.2

75.4

76.5

61

62

Slovenia

21

19

⬆⬆

65.8

67.8

73.7

75.6

58

60

Spain

19

20

66.9

67.4

73.8

74.9

60

60

Latvia

20

21

66.3

66.5

77.5

78.1

55

55

Cyprus

22

22

-

65.2

66.4

67.4

71.8

63

61

Czech Republic

25

23

⬆⬆

62.4

65.0

73.9

74.0

51

56

Georgia

23

24

64.4

64.7

76.8

77.5

52

52

Slovakia

26

25

62.4

63.3

74.7

75.6

50

51

Croatia

28

26

60.3

61.9

72.5

72.7

48

51

Hungary

24

27

⬇⬇⬇

63.2

61.8

72.5

72.6

54

51

Macedonia

27

28

62.3

61.1

79.7

80.2

45

42

Romania

31

29

⬆⬆

58.3

59.9

73.6

73.8

43

46

Malta

29

30

59.3

59.9

63.7

63.7

55

56

Italy

33

31

⬆⬆

57.4

58.0

71.7

72.1

43

44

Montenegro

34

32

⬆⬆

56.5

57.9

71.1

71.9

42

44

Bulgaria

30

33

⬇⬇⬇

58.3

57.4

73.6

73.7

43

41

Greece

35

34

55.7

57.2

68.3

68.4

43

46

Turkey

32

35

⬇⬇⬇

57.5

55.6

69.9

69.2

45

42

Armenia

36

36

-

54.8

54.6

72.7

74.2

37

35

Serbia

37

37

-

53.1

54.2

65.3

68.4

41

40

Belarus

39

38

51.4

52.2

71.8

72.3

31

32

Moldova

38

39

52.9

52.0

70.8

71.0

35

33

Bosnia & Herz.

40

40

-

51.2

50.9

63.4

63.7

39

38

Kazakhstan

43

41

⬆⬆

49.2

50.3

69.3

72.7

29

28

Russia

44

42

⬆⬆

48.1

50.0

69.3

71.0

27

29

Kosovo

42

43

49.6

49.6

66.1

66.2

33

33

Azerbaijan

45

44

47.8

48.4

66.7

67.8

29

29

Albania

41

45

⬇⬇⬇

49.8

48.3

66.7

60.5

33

36

Ukraine

46

46

-

44.2

45.0

62.3

63.0

26

27

No data: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino.
Source: World Bank 2016, Transparency International
EuCham Research Department







 

 

 

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