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World’s 20 Most And Least Competitive Countries For Attracting And Retaining Entrepreneurs, 2019

The U.S. ranks third in the world for talent competitiveness, surpassed only by Switzerland and Singapore, according to the 2019 Global Talent Competitiveness Index report published by graduate business school INSEAD.

The United States (third) came ahead of European countries, including Norway (fourth), Denmark (fifth), Finland (sixth), Sweden (seventh), the Netherlands (eighth), the United Kingdom (ninth), and Luxembourg (tenth).

Of the top 20 countries, 13 were in Europe, 3 in Asia, 2 in North America, and 2 in Oceania.

The annual benchmarking report looked at 4 key categories for encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation: a nation’s ability to enable, attract, grow, and retain entrepreneurship. It covers 125 nations and 114 cities.

World’s 20 Most Competitive Countries For Attracting And Retaining Entrepreneurs, 2019

1. Switzerland
2. Singapore
3. United States
4. Norway
5. Denmark
6. Finland
7. Sweden
8. Netherlands
9. United Kingdom
10. Luxembourg
11. New Zealand
12. Australia
13. Iceland
14. Germany
15. Canada
16. Ireland
17. Belgium
18. Austria
19. United Arab Emirates
20. Israel

World’s 20 Least Competitive Countries For Attracting And Retaining Entrepreneurs, 2019

1. Yemen (125th)
2. Democratic Republic of the Congo
3. Burundi
4. Mozambique
5. Zimbabwe
6. Nepal
7. Madagascar
8. Bangladesh
9. Ethiopia
10. Mali
11. Malawi
12. Liberia
13. Cameroon
14. Venezuela
15. Tanzania
16. Lesotho
17. Uganda
18. Islamic Republic of Pakistan
19. Cambodia
20. El Salvador (106th)

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