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The Governance Efficiency Index

Governance Index: World Map

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Governing National Development: Shaping Social and Economic Capital

Societies and economies are shaped by the legal, regulatory and physical (human built) framework. This framework – the environment in which society exists and businesses operate in – is developed, maintained and updated by authorities and institutions, most often government bodies. The Governance Sub-Index therefore encompasses all aspects that shape the framework of society (the Social Capital), and in which the economy (Intellectual Capital, Resource Management) operates. It is based on 5 main clusters:

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The Governance Sub-Index of the Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index is based on quantitative data series – i.e. not qualitative evaluation of government systems: the Governance Index does not make political judgments. In addition, some aspects of government direction implications (such as human rights, freedom of press, etc.) are assigned to the Social Capital Index. The Governance Sub-Index aims at evaluating the suitability of a country’s regulatory framework and infrastructure environment to facilitate sustainable competitiveness. The regulatory and infrastructure framework should enable an environment in which the country’s natural, social and intellectual capital can flourish to generate new, and sustain existing wealth, for the population.

The Governance Rankings 2021

  • The Governance Ranking is topped by Estonia, followed by Ireland, Czechia and Finland
  • Germany follows on 5, Japan 6
  • The ranking is dominated by Central and Eastern European nations
  • The UK is ranked 62, the US at 86.
  • China is ranked 45
  • Russia is ranked 53, India 120, and Brazil 165
  • The map shows a clear north-South gap: all African countries score comparable low

2021 Governance Efficiency Ranking

RankCountryScore
1Estonia73.2
2Ireland71.7
3Czech Republic69.7
4Finland66.3
5Germany65.0
6Japan64.7
7New Zealand64.4
8Liechtenstein64.2
9Iceland64.1
10Austria64.0
11Denmark64.0
12Uzbekistan63.8
13Spain63.7
14Slovenia63.7
15Croatia63.6
16Malta63.4
17Latvia62.6
18Luxembourg62.5
19Poland62.3
20Switzerland62.2
21Georgia62.0
22Moldova61.7
23Kazakhstan61.7
24Bulgaria61.7
25Romania60.9
26Portugal60.9
27South Korea60.8
28Armenia60.7
29Slovakia60.7
30Serbia60.5
31Belgium60.4
32Sri Lanka60.0
33Norway59.9
34Netherlands59.7
35Bosnia and Herzegovina59.4
36Lithuania59.3
37United Arab Emirates59.2
38Hungary59.1
39Turkey59.1
40St. Kitts and Nevis59.0
41Mauritius58.9
42Indonesia58.7
43Nepal58.6
44France58.3
45China58.2
46Cyprus57.8
47Greece57.8
48Italy57.7
49Sweden57.6
50Egypt57.4
51North Macedonia57.2
52Belarus57.2
53Russia57.1
54Bangladesh57.1
55Israel57.1
56Seychelles57.0
57Bhutan56.8
58Mongolia56.4
59Singapore56.2
60Kuwait56.0
RankCountryScore
61Cote d'Ivoire55.9
62United Kingdom55.7
63Brunei55.5
64Costa Rica55.4
65Paraguay55.4
66Senegal54.9
67Panama54.8
68Saudi Arabia54.6
69Australia54.6
70Philippines54.5
71El Salvador54.4
72Chile54.4
73Ghana54.3
74Uruguay54.3
75Iran54.2
76Botswana54.2
77Argentina53.9
78Cambodia53.9
79Fiji53.6
80Bahamas53.6
81Dominican Republic53.6
82Mexico53.6
83Kyrgistan53.1
84Benin53.1
85Turkmenistan53.0
86USA53.0
87Peru52.9
88Albania52.8
89Ukraine52.7
90Vietnam52.6
91Morocco52.3
92Montenegro52.1
93Ethiopia52.1
94Kiribati51.6
95Jordan51.6
96Malaysia51.0
97Ecuador50.8
98Grenada50.6
99Colombia50.5
100Micronesia50.5
101Trinidad and Tobago50.4
102Nigeria50.4
103Bahrain50.4
104Timor-Leste50.4
105Tajikistan50.2
106Burma50.2
107Tonga50.2
108Samoa50.2
109Oman50.0
110Qatar49.7
111Tunisia49.6
112Thailand49.2
113Algeria49.0
114Azerbaijan49.0
115Burkina Faso49.0
116Kenya49.0
117Vanuatu48.7
118Dominica48.5
119Pakistan48.4
120India48.3
RankCountryScore
121Canada48.3
122Tanzania47.9
123Guyana47.4
124Gambia47.3
125Solomon Islands46.9
126Guatemala46.4
127Cuba46.4
128Bolivia46.1
129Jamaica45.5
130Maldives45.5
131Suriname45.3
132Gabon45.1
133Togo45.0
134Zambia45.0
135West Bank and Gaza44.9
136Rwanda44.2
137Comoros44.2
138Laos43.9
139Nicaragua43.4
140Honduras43.4
141Guinea43.4
143Uganda43.3
144Cameroon43.2
145Afghanistan43.1
146Eswatini42.2
147Mauritania42.1
148Namibia42.0
149Haiti42.0
150Sao Tome and Principe41.5
151Mali41.5
152Niger41.5
153Sierra Leone41.4
154Belize41.2
155Lebanon40.8
156South Africa40.4
157Djibouti40.4
158Guinea-Bissau40.0
159Democratic Republic of Congo39.8
160Zimbabwe39.1
161Central African Republic38.7
162Madagascar38.6
163Lesotho38.5
164Burundi38.4
165Brazil38.3
166Malawi37.8
167Syria37.3
168Sudan37.0
169Mozambique36.9
170Venezuela36.8
171Papua New Guinea36.1
172Libya36.1
173Angola35.7
174Eritrea34.6
175Chad33.7
176Republic of Congo33.4
177Liberia33.1
178Equatorial Guinea32.5
179Somalia31.5
180South Sudan31.4
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