Europese topper: Denmark
Aantal landen opgenomen in de ranking: 190
The Ease of Doing Business index by the World Bank measures to what extent the regulatory framework stifles entrepreneurship, or allows it to thrive. It includes regulation, red tape, administrative duties and various taxes concerning starting an enterprise, acquiring building permits, electricity supply, property rights, acquiring credit, minority shareholder protection, taxation, international trade, rule of law, and bankruptcy proceedings. Labour regulation is included in the rapport but isn’t used to calculate the index.
As 45nd we find ourselves far from our neighbouring countries, and nowhere near the European leader, Denmark. We clearly do not live up to our potential and are the seventh worse scoring high-income OECD-country. Nevertheless, we climbed seven places compared to last year.
The main culprits for this abysmal result are the electricity supply (112), acquiring credit (60) and property rights (143). We redeem ourselves by heading the ranking concerning international trade, and with excellent results for establishing a new business (33) and bankruptcy proceedings (8).
World Bank, red., Doing Business 2018 Reforming to Create Jobs, Doing Business, 15th edition 2018 (Washington, DC, USA: World Bank Group, 2018)