In collaboration with OFX, an Australian online foreign exchange and payments company, Forbes Insights, strategic research leg of Forbes Media, has recently compiled a ranking of the world’s countries who are the largest recipients of foreign direct investment as of 2017. Singapore comes in first while Netherlands ranks third.
Other countries on the list include Switzerland, the USA, Hong Kong, Germany, Canada, UK, Ireland and China. The research also provides a brief reasoning behind the ranking of each country. The Netherlands’ third place ranking in the index reflects its long history of trading practices and economic openness, according to the research. The commercial attractiveness of the Netherlands is also mentioned, which is helped by a web of international tax treaties and reinforced by the country’s position as a strategic gateway to European markets.
The ranking is further used to create the Global Exchange Index. Methods adopted to develop the index include comparison of the countries’ business environments and the degree to which each country welcomes foreign investment and protects private property. Another comparison is made between the cost of living in capital cities, and the quality of the expatriate experience.
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