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Countries where it's easiest to do business

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World Bank Group has released a long list of business-friendly countries around the world. The rankings are based on several parameters, including the ease of obtaining construction permits, getting electricity, paying taxes, enforcing contracts, registering property and trading across borders. Here is a look at the top 40 countries from the list of 190.

40. Russian Federation
City covered: Moscow, Saint Petersburg
Income category: Upper middle income
Population: 144,096,812 
Ease of getting credit ranking: 44

39. Bulgaria
City covered: Sofia
Income category: Upper middle income
Population: 7,177,991
Ease of getting credit ranking: 32

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38. Armenia 
City covered: Yerevan
Income category: Lower middle income
Population: 3,017,712
Ease of getting credit ranking: 20

37. Belarus
City covered: Minsk
Income category: Upper middle income
Population: 9,513,000
Ease of getting credit ranking: 101

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36. Romania
City covered: Bucharest
Income category: Upper middle income
Population: 19,832,389 
Ease of getting credit ranking: 7

35. Kazakhstan
City covered: Almaty
Income category: Upper middle income
Population: 17,544,126
Ease of getting credit ranking: 75

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34. Japan 
City covered: Tokyo, Osaka
Income category: High income
Population: 126,958,472
Ease of getting credit ranking: 82

33. Slovak Republic
City covered: Bratislava
Income category: High income
Population: 5,424,050
Ease of getting credit ranking: 44

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32. Spain
City covered: Madrid 
Income category: High income
Population: 46,418,269
Ease of getting credit ranking: 62

31. Switzerland 
City covered: Zurich
Income category: High income
Population: 8,286,976
Ease of getting credit ranking: 62

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30. Slovenia
City covered: Ljubljana
Income category: High income
Population: 2,063,768
Ease of getting credit ranking: 133

29. France 
City covered: Paris
Income category: High income
Population: 66,808,385
Ease of getting credit ranking: 82

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28. Netherlands
City covered: Amsterdam
Income category: High income
Population: 16,936,520 
Ease of getting credit ranking: 82

27. Czech Republic 
City covered: Prague
Income category: High income
Population: 10,551,219
Ease of getting credit ranking: 32

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26. United Arab Emirates
City covered: Dubai
Income category: High income
Population: 9,156,963
Ease of getting credit ranking: 101

25. Portugal 
City covered: Lisbon
Income category: High income
Population: 10,348,648 
Ease of getting credit ranking: 101

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24. Poland
City covered: Warsaw
Income category: High income
Population: 37,999,494
Ease of getting credit ranking: 20

23. Malaysia
City covered: Kuala Lumpur
Income category: Upper middle income
Population: 30,331,007 
Ease of getting credit ranking: 20

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22. Canada 
City covered: Toronto
Income category: High income
Population: 35,851,774
Ease of getting credit ranking: 7

21. Lithuania 
City covered: Vilnius
Income category: High income
Population: 2,910,199 
Ease of getting credit ranking: 32

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20. Iceland 
City covered: Reykjavik
Income category: High income
Population: 330,823 
Ease of getting credit ranking: 62

19. Austria 
City covered: Vienna
Income category: High income
Population: 8,611,088 
Ease of getting credit ranking: 62

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18. Ireland 
City covered: Dublin
Income category: High income
Population: 4,640,703 
Ease of getting credit ranking: 32

17. Germany
City covered: Berlin
Income category: High income
Population: 81,413,145
Ease of getting credit ranking: 32

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16. Georgia 
City covered: Tbilisi
Income category: Upper middle income
Population: 3,679,000
Ease of getting credit ranking: 7

15. Australia
City covered: Sydney
Income category: High income
Population: 23,781,169 
Ease of getting credit ranking: 5

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14. Latvia
City covered: Riga
Income category: High income
Population: 1,978,440 
Ease of getting credit ranking: 7

13. Finland 
City covered: Helsinki
Income category: High income
Population: 5,482,013
Ease of getting credit ranking: 44 

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12. Estonia 
City covered: Tallinn
Income category: High income
Population: 1,311,998
Ease of getting credit ranking: 32

11. Taiwan, China
City covered: Taipei
Income category: High income
Population: 23,492,074 
Ease of getting credit ranking: 62

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10. Macedonia, FYR
City covered: Skopje
Income category: Upper middle income
Population: 2,078,453
Ease of getting credit ranking: 16

9. Sweden 
City covered: Stockholm
Income category: High income
Population: 9,798,871
Ease of getting credit ranking: 75

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8. United States 
City covered: New York City, Los Angeles
Income category: High income
Population: 321,418,820
Ease of getting credit ranking: 2

7. United Kingdom
City covered: London
Income category: High income
Population: 65,138,232
Ease of getting credit ranking: 20

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6. Norway 
City covered: Oslo
Income category: High income
Population: 5,195,921 
Ease of getting credit ranking: 75

5. Korea, Rep.
City covered: Seoul
Income category: High income
Population: 50,617,045
Ease of getting credit ranking: 44

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4. Hong Kong SAR, China
City covered: Hong Kong
Income category: High income
Population: 7,305,700
Ease of getting credit ranking: 20

3. Denmark
City covered: Copenhagen
Income category: High income
Population: 5,676,002 
Ease of getting credit ranking: 32

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2. Singapore
City covered: Singapore
Income category: High income
Population: 5,535,002
Ease of getting credit ranking: 20

1. New Zealand
City covered: Auckland
Income category: High income
Population: 4,595,700
Ease of getting credit ranking: 1

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