Gorazd Čad, Editor in Chief

How well do countries of New Europe compete with the world?

There are a lot of international rankings that position countries based on different criteria. We believe that these scales can be very interesting for meeting planners, but it’s important to only track those that are globally acclaimed, allow comparability and provide some scientific value. We have put together a list of some of the best scales that position countries based on their competitiveness on a global scope. Let’s see how countries from our New Europe region fared.

Doing Business 2020

The Doing Business Report (DB) is an annually published report which was developed by a team led by Djankov in 2003. It has been elaborated by the World Bank Group since 2003 every year that is aimed to measure the costs to firms of business regulations in 190 countries.

New Zeeland 1. place
Singapore 2. place
Hong Kong 3. place

North Macedonia 17
Slovenia 37
Poland 40
Czech Republic 41
Serbia 44
Slovak Republic 45
Montenegro 50
Croatia 51
Hungary 52
Romania 55
Bulgaria 61
Albania 82
Bosnia 90

Freedom in the World 2020

Freedom in the World is a yearly survey and report by the U.S.-based non-governmental organization Freedom House that measures the degree of civil liberties and political rights in every nation and significant related and disputed territories around the world.

Finland 100 points
Norway 100 points
Sweden 100 points

Slovenia 94 points
Czech Republic 91 points
Slovakia 88 points
Croatia 85 points
Poland 84 points
Romania 83 points
Bulgaria 80 points
Hungary 70 points
Albania 67 points
Serbia 66 points
North Macedonia 63 points
Montenegro 62 points
Bosnia 53 points

Freedom House

Corruption perception index 2019

The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people.

Denmark 1. place
New Zealand 2. place
Finland 3. place

Slovenia 35 place
Poland 41 place
Czech Republic 44 place
Croatia 47 place
Slovakia 59 place
Montengro 66 place
Hungary 70 place
Romania 70 place
Bulgaria 74 place
Serbia 91 place
Bosnia 101 place
North Macedonia 106 place
Albania 106 place

Check out this interactive map – CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX 2019

World Press Freedom Index 2019

The Press Freedom Index is an annual ranking of countries compiled and published by Reporters Without Borders based upon the organisation’s own assessment of the countries’ press freedom records in the previous year.

Norway 1. place
Finland 2. place
Sweden 3. place

Slovenia 34 place
Slovak Republic 35 place
Czech Republic 40 place
Romania 47 place
Poland 59 place
Bosnia 63 place
Croatia 64 place
Albania 82 place
Hungary 87 place
Serbia 90 place
North Macedonia 95 place
Montenegro 104 place
Bulgaria 111 place


PISA is the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment. PISA measures 15-year-olds’ ability to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges.

China 1. place
Singapore 2. place
Macau 3. place

Poland 11 place
Slovenia 13 place
Czech Republic 24 place
Hungary 33 place
Croatia 37 place
Slovak Republic 38 place
Serbia 44 place
Romania 49 place
Bulgaria 50 place
Montenegro 54 place
Albania 55 place
Bosnia 62 place
North Macedonia 67 place


IMF - GDP per capita

The World Economic Outlook (WEO) database contains selected macroeconomic data series from the statistical appendix of the World Economic Outlook report, which presents the IMF staff’s analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level, in major country groups and in many individual countries.

Qatar 1. place (132.886 USD)
Macao 2. place (114.363 USD)
Luxembourg 3. place (108.951 USD)

Czech Republic 40 place (38.834 USD)
Slovenia 41 place (38.462 USD)
Slovak Republic 43 place (36.640 USD)
Hungary 45 place (34.046 USD)
Poland 46 place (33.891 USD)
Romania 58 place (27.998 USD)
Croatia 59 place (27.580 USD)
Bulgaria 63 place (24.595 USD)
Montenegro 73 place (19.908 USD)
Serbia 80 place (18.567 USD)
North Macedonia 86 place (16.455 USD)
Bosnia 95 place (14.164 USD)
Albania 96 place (14.102 USD)

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