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25 countries with best infrastructure

Last updated on: March 12, 2013 10:03 IST

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While good infrastructure is the backbone of economic growth, not all countries, including India, give it the priority it requires.

Let's take a look at 25 countries that have the best infrastructure in the world.

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Switzerland

It ranks first for quality of railroads and fourth for quality of electricity supply. It ranks in the top 30 for all categories.

Global rank: 1

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Singapore

It ranks first for overall air transportation infrastructure and second for quality of ports, and second for infrastructure overall. It ranks in the top 30 for all categories.

Global rank: 2

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Finland

It ranks sixth for quality of railroads and seventh for quality of ports. It ranks in the top 30 for all categories.

Global rank: 3

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Hong Kong

It ranks first for mobile telephone subscriptions per capita and second for air transportation infrastructure overall. Hong Kong ranks in the top 30 for all categories.

Global rank: 4

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France

It ranks first for quality of roads and fourth for quality of railroads. It ranks in the top 30 for all categories and fourth for overall infrastructure.

Global rank: 5

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The United Arab Emirates

It ranks second for quality of roads and third for overall air transportation infrastructure. The UAE ranks in the top 30 for all categories.

Global rank: 6

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Iceland

It ranks second for quality of electricity supply and soxth for fixed telephone lines per capita. It ranks in the top 30 for all categories.

Global rank: 7

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Austria

It ranks seventh for both quality of roads and for quality of electricity supply. It ranks in the top 30 for all categories.

Global rank: 8

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Germany

It ranks second for fixed telephone lines per capita and fifth for airline seats per capita, and third for its overall infrastructure. It ranks in the top 30 for all categories.

Global rank: 9

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The Netherlands

It ranks first for both quality of port infrastructure and quality of electricity supply. It ranks within the top 30 for all categories.

Global rank: 10

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Portugal

It ranks fourth for quality of roads, with a 26 ranking for both quality of railroads and electricity supply.

Global rank: 11

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Luxembourg

It ranks ninth for fixed telephone lines per capita and 14th for quality of railroads. Luxembourg ranks in the top 30 for all categories.

Global rank: 12

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Denmark

It ranks fifth for quality of electricity supply and 13th for quality of port infrastructure. It ranks in the top 30 for all categories.

Global rank: 13

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Bahrain

It comes in at 10 for quality of port infrastructure and 16 for overall air transportation infrastructure.

Global rank: 14

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Canada

It ranks 11th for airline seats per capita and 14th for quality of electricity supply. It ranks in the top 30 for all categories.

Global rank: 15

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Japan

It ranks second for quality of railroads and fourth for airline seats per capita. It ranks in the top 30 for all categories.

Global rank: 16

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Belgium

It ranks sixth for quality of port infrastructure, and 13th for quality of electricity supply. Belgium ranks in the top 30 for all categories.

Global rank: 17

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Spain

It ranks eighth for quality of railroads and ninth for airline seats per capita. Overall, Spain scores well in terms of its transport infrastructure.

Global rank: 18

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Sweden

It ranks 11th for quality of ports and 12th for quality of electricity supply. Sweden ranks in the top 30 for all categories.

Global rank: 19

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Oman

It ranks fifth for quality of roads and seventh for mobile telephone subscriptions per capita.

Global rank: 20

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Barbados

It ranks eighth for overall air transportation infrastructure and 11th for fixed telephone lines per capita.

Global rank: 21

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South Korea

It ranks 10th for quality of railroads and 17th for quality of roads. It ranks in the top 30 for all categories.

Global rank: 22

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Saudi Arabia

It ranks third for mobile telephone subscriptions per capita and 12th for quality of roads. Saudi Arabia ranks in the top 30 for all categories.

Global rank: 23

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The United Kingdom

It ranks third for airline seats per capita, and 22 for air overall transportation infrastructure.

Global rank: 24


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