• U.S. News & World Report released its rankings for the best countries to invest in this year.
  • Those rankings were determined by 7,000 worldwide business decision makers who scored each country on eight attributes, including entrepreneurship, economic stability, and favorable tax environment.
  • The list differs greatly from last year’s; three of this year’s top five countries were not even ranked last year.
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To qualify as a country worthy of investment, certain standards must be met.

A World Bank Group report in 2011 highlighted four factors – the country’s people, environment, relationships, and framework – that propel both individuals and corporations to invest in a given country’s natural resources, markets, technologies, or brands.

Guided by this report, U.S. News & World Report identified the best countries to invest in for 2019.

To determine the overall list, U.S. News & World Report surveyed over 21,000 people worldwide about 80 different countries, measuring them on 65 different attributes, including cultural influence, entrepreneurship, and quality of life.

Read more: The 20 best countries around the world to live as an expat, ranked

U.S. News focused on just eight of the 65 attributes: entrepreneurship, economic stability, favorable tax environment, innovation, skilled labor, technological expertise, dynamism, and corruption. Responses from over 7,000 survey participants – who act as decision makers in business around the globe – were then used to determine the ranking.

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The most recent survey produced a completely different ranking last year; in 2018, the top five countries for investment were the Philippines, Indonesia, Poland, Malaysia, and Singapore. See below for this year’s rankings, with the country’s population and GDP (from U.S. News & World Report) and the GDP growth percentage in 2018 (from The World Bank).


20. Brazil

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Population: 209.3 million

Total GDP: $2.1 trillion

GDP growth: 1.1%


19. Italy

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Population: 60.6 million

Total GDP: $1.9 trillion

GDP growth: 0.9%


18. Indonesia

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Population: 264.0 million

Total GDP: $1.0 trillion

GDP growth: 5.2%


17. Lithuania

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Population: 2.8 million

Total GDP: $47.2 billion

GDP growth: 3.5%


16. Russia

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Population: 144.5 million

Total GDP: $1.6 trillion

GDP growth: 2.3%


15. Denmark

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Population: 5.8 million

Total GDP: $324.9 billion

GDP growth: 1.4%


14. Singapore

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Population: 5.6 million

Total GDP: $323.9 billion

GDP growth: 3.1%


13. Malaysia

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Population: 31.6 million

Total GDP: $314.5 billion

GDP growth: 4.7%


12. Latvia

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Population: 1.9 million

Total GDP: $30.3 billion

GDP growth: 4.8%


11. New Zealand

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Population: 4.8 million

Total GDP: $205.9 billion

GDP growth: 2.8%


10. Chile

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Population: 18.1 million

Total GDP: $277.1 billion

GDP growth: 4.0%


9. Slovenia

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Population: 2.1 million

Total GDP: $48.8 billion

GDP growth: 4.5%


8. Vietnam

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Population: 95.5 million

Total GDP: $223.9 billion

GDP growth: 7.1%


7. Qatar

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Population: 2.6 million

Total GDP: $167.6 billion

GDP growth: 1.4%


6. Poland

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Population: 38.0 million

Total GDP: $524.5 billion

GDP growth: 5.1%


5. India

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Population: 1.3 billion

Total GDP: $2.6 trillion

GDP growth: 7.0%


4. Luxembourg

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Population: 599,400

Total GDP: $62.4 billion

GDP growth: 2.6%


3. Costa Rica

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Population: 4.9 million

Total GDP: $57.1 billion

GDP growth: 2.7%


2. Saudi Arabia

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Population: 32.9 million

Total GDP: $683.8 billion

GDP growth: 2.2%


1. Uruguay

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Population: 3.5 million

Total GDP: $56.2 billion

GDP growth: 1.6%