How does Belgium measure up internationally?

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Ease of doing business ranking

European front runner: Denmark 3 ( )
Netherlands: 36 ( )
Belgium: 45 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 190

Global Entrepreneurship Index

European front runner: Switzerland 2 ( )
Netherlands: 11 ( )
Belgium: 17 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 137

KOF Youth Labour Market Index

European front runner: Denmark 1 ( )
Netherlands: 5 ( )
Belgium: 15 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 33

Employment rate

European front runner: Switzerland 2 ( )
Netherlands: 4 ( )
Belgium: 31 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 38

The Global Competitiveness Index

European front runner: Germany 3 ( )
Netherlands: 6 ( )
Belgium: 21 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 140

General government gross debt

European front runner: Luxemburg 3 ( )
Netherlands: 15 ( )
Belgium: 25 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 34

Value-for-money Index

European front runner: Ireland 1 ( )
Netherlands: 3 ( )
Belgium: 18 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 24

Open, Useful, Reusable Government Data

European front runner: France 2 ( )
Netherlands: 12 ( )
Belgium: 22 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 33

Logistics Performance Index

European front runner: Germany 1 ( )
Netherlands: 6 ( )
Belgium: 3 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 160

International Tax Competitiveness Index

European front runner: Luxemburg 4 ( )
Netherlands: 5 ( )
Belgium: 19 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 35

IMD World Competitiveness Ranking

European front runner: Netherlands 4 ( )
Netherlands: 4 ( )
Belgium: 26 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 63

Structural government balance

European front runner: Greece 1 ( )
Netherlands: 6 ( )
Belgium: 25 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 33

General government financial net worth as a percentage of GDP

European front runner: Norway 1 ( )
Netherlands: 19 ( )
Belgium: 29 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 37

Government investment as a share of total government expenditures

European front runner: Slovakia 2 ( )
Netherlands: 20 ( )
Belgium: 38 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 39

Foreign-born participation rates

European front runner: Portugal 2 ( )
Netherlands: 27 ( )
Belgium: 29 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 31

Foreign-born employment rate

European front runner: Switzerland 4 ( )
Netherlands: 23 ( )
Belgium: 28 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 31

Tax wedge

European front runner: Switzerland 4 ( )
Netherlands: 18 ( )
Belgium: 36 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 36

Law and Order index

European front runner: Norway 2 ( )
Netherlands: 15 ( )
Belgium: 42 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 135

Nation Brands

European front runner: Germany 3 ( )
Netherlands: 13 ( )
Belgium: 24 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 50

Renewable energy country attractiveness index

European front runner: Germany 4 ( )
Netherlands: 9 ( )
Belgium: 21 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 40

Bloomberg Global Health index

European front runner: Spain 1 ( )
Netherlands: 15 ( )
Belgium: 28 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 163

Inclusive Development Index

European front runner: Norway 1 ( )
Netherlands: 7 ( )
Belgium: 14 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 103

Better Life Index

European front runner: Norway 1 ( )
Netherlands: 10 ( )
Belgium: 12 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 28

The Human Freedom Index

European front runner: Switzerland 2 ( )
Netherlands: 6 ( )
Belgium: 27 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 159

Kids’ Rights Index

European front runner: Norway 1 ( )
Netherlands: 6 ( )
Belgium: 17 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 182

Happy Planet Index

European front runner: Norway 12 ( )
Netherlands: 18 ( )
Belgium: 87 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 140

KOF Globalisation Index

European front runner: Switzerland 1 ( )
Netherlands: 2 ( )
Belgium: 3 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 196

Quality of Life index

European front runner: Denmark 1 ( )
Netherlands: 6 ( )
Belgium: 23 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 71

IMD World Talent ranking

European front runner: Switzerland 1 ( )
Netherlands: 5 ( )
Belgium: 11 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 63

Environmental Performance Index

European front runner: Switzerland 1 ( )
Netherlands: 18 ( )
Belgium: 15 ( )

Number of countries in this ranking: 180