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The 20 best countries around the world to invest in now

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To qualify as a country worthy of investment, certain standards must be met.

A World Bank Group report 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 the report from the World Bank Group, U.S. News identified the best countries to invest in for 2018.

Last month, U.S. News released their 2018 Best Countries ranking. To determine the overall list, U.S. News surveyed over 21,000 people worldwide about 80 different countries, measuring them on 65 different attributes, including cultural influence, entrepreneurship, and quality of life.

For the best countries to invest in ranking, 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 6,000 survey participants — who act as decision makers in business around the globe — were then used to determine the ranking.

See below for the rankings, which includes the country’s population, GDP, and the GDP growth percentage in 2016.

20. Chile

20. Chile
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Population: 17.9 million

Total GDP: $247 billion

GDP growth: 1.6%

19. France

19. France
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Population: 66.9 million

Total GDP: $2.5 trillion

GDP growth: 1.2%

18. Brazil

18. Brazil
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Population: 207.7 million

Total GDP: $1.8 trillion

GDP growth: –3.6%

17. United Kingdom

17. United Kingdom
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Population: 65.6 million

Total GDP: $2.6 trillion

GDP growth: 1.8%

16. Netherlands

16. Netherlands

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Population: 17.0 million

Total GDP: $770.8 billion

GDP growth: 2.2%

15. Ireland

15. Ireland
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Population: 4.8 million

Total GDP: $294.1 billion

GDP growth: 5.1%

14. Turkey

14. Turkey
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Population: 79.5 million

Total GDP: $857.7 billion

GDP growth: 3.2%

13. Uruguay

13. Uruguay
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Population: 3.4 million

Total GDP: $52.4 billion

GDP growth: 1.5%

12. Finland

12. Finland
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Population: 5.5 million

Total GDP: $236.8 billion

GDP growth: 1.9%

11. Czech Republic

11. Czech Republic
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Population: 10.6 million

Total GDP: $192.9 billion

GDP growth: 2.6%

10. Oman

10. Oman
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Population: 4.4 million

Total GDP: $66.3 billion

GDP growth: –%

9. India

Population: 1.3 billion

Total GDP: $2.3 trillion

GDP growth: 7.1%

8. Thailand

8. Thailand
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Population: 68.9 million

Total GDP: $406.8 billion

GDP growth: 3.2%

7. Spain

7. Spain
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Population: 46.4 million

Total GDP: $1.2 trillion

GDP growth: 3.3%

6. Australia

6. Australia
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Population: 24.1 million

Total GDP: $1.2 trillion

GDP growth: 2.8%

5. Singapore

5. Singapore
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Population: 5.6 million

Total GDP: $297.0 billion

GDP growth: 2%

4. Malaysia

4. Malaysia
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Population: 31.2 million

Total GDP: $296.4 billion

GDP growth: 4.2%

3. Poland

3. Poland
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Population: 37.9 million

Total GDP: $469.5 billion

GDP growth: 2.9%

2. Indonesia

2. Indonesia
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Population: 261.1 million

Total GDP: $932.3 billion

GDP growth: 5%

1. Philippines

1. Philippines
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Population: 103.3 million

Total GDP: $304.9 billion

GDP growth: 6.9%

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