Think of a list of best countries to do business on earth, Nigeria – the giant of Africa and the continent’s largest economy - is on number 110, out of 161 countries graded.

According to the Forbes list, top on the list are United Kingdom (1), Sweden (2), Hong Kong (3), Netherlands (4), New Zealand (5) and Canada (6).

The United States of America is rated 17th, below Ireland and Finland. South Africa, according to the list released by Forbes, came first in Africa.

With a population of 203 million people, a Gross Domestic Product growth of 0.8% and GDP per capita of $2,000, Nigeria is rated 14th in Africa.

The rating puts Nigeria behind South Africa (59), Morocco (62), Seychelles (66), Tunisia (82), Botswana (83), Rwanda (90), Kenya (93), Ghana (94), Egypt (95), Namibia (96), Senegal (100), Zambia (103) and Cape Verde (104).

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“We gauged the best countries for business by rating nations on 15 different factors, including property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom (personal, trade and monetary), red tape and investor protection. Other metrics included were workforce, infrastructure, market size, quality of life and risk. Each category was equally weighted.

“The data is based on published reports from Freedom House, Heritage Foundation, Property Rights Alliance, United Nations, Transparency International, World Bank Group, Marsh & McLennan and World Economic Forum,” Forbes said in the rating reports.

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