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24 economies that are most open in the world

November 07, 2013 09:17 IST

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There are some countries that keep much of the government data hidden from public, while there are others that provide much easier access.

Let's take a look at 24 most open economies in the world.

Source: Open Knowledge Foundation

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United States

Government budget score: 80

Government spending score: 90

Company register score: 90

National statistics score: 90

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 940

Overall rank in openness: 1

United States, the biggest economy in the world, scores 80 on openness of government budget.

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United Kingdom

Government budget score: 90

Government spending score: 80

Company register score: 10

National statistics score: 90

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 870

Overall rank in openness: 2

United Kingdom, one of the biggest financial centres in the world, scores 10 on openness of company register.

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Denmark

Government budget score: 90

Government spending score: 40

Company register score: 90

National statistics score: 90

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 835

Overall rank in openness: 3

Denmark, one of the richest countries in the world, scores 40 on openness of government spending.

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Image: Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt, left, greets her Finnish counterpart Jyrki Katainen, right, in Saariselka, Finland.
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Norway

Government budget score: 90

Government spending score: 20

Company register score: 90

National statistics score: 90

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 755

Overall rank in openness: 4

Norway, which has the richest sovereign wealth fund in the world, scores 20 on openness of government spending.

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Image: Children look at a gingerbread town consisting of buildings, boats, bridges and other structures, in Bergen, Norway. The town was created collectively by many families and has become an important tradition in the city.
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The Netherlands

Government budget score: 90

Government spending score: 20

Company register score: 60

National statistics score: 70

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 740

Overall rank in openness: 5

The Netherlands, one of the most liberal countries in the world, scores 20 on openness of government spending.

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Image: Employees of ING group during their lunch break in front of their office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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Finland

Government budget score: 60

Government spending score: 50

Company register score: 70

National statistics score: 80

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 700

Overall rank in openness: 6

Finland, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, scores 60 on openness of government budget.

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Sweden

Government budget score: 90

Government spending score: 80

Company register score: 70

National statistics score: 90

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 670

Overall rank in openness: 7

Sweden, one of the richest countries in the world, scores 90 on openness of government budget.

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Image: People walk through the flagship store of H&M in capital Stockholm, Sweden.
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New Zealand

Government budget score: 90

Government spending score: 90

Company register score: 90

National statistics score: 90

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 660

Overall rank in openness: 8

New Zealand, one of the major tourist destinations in the world, scores 90 on openness of government budget.

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Image: Women run down Baldwin street in Dunedin, New Zealand. Baldwin street is considered as one of the world's steepest streets.
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Australia

Government budget score: 70

Government spending score: 90

Company register score: 60

National statistics score: 90

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 660

Overall rank in openness: 9

Australia, a country that is a major exporter of minerals, scores 70 on openness of government budget.

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Canada

Government budget score: 90

Government spending score: 20

Company register score: 60

National statistics score: 90

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 590

Overall rank in openness: 10

Canada, a country that is a major exporter, scores 20 on openness of government spending.

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Image: A view of Old Quebec City, Canada.
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Iceland

Government budget score: 60

Government spending score: 20

Company register score: 60

National statistics score: 60

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 560

Overall rank in openness: 11

Iceland, a country that was badly hit by the 2008 global economic crisis, scores 20 on openness of government spending.

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Image: Children skate on the ice of the frozen Tjoernin lake in central Reykjavik, Iceland.
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Moldova

Government budget score: 60

Government spending score: 70

Company register score: 80

National statistics score: 70

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 530

Overall rank in openness: 12

Moldova, a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, scores 60 on openness of government budget.

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Image: A waiter prepares glasses for wine tasting in Chisinau, Moldova.
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Bulgaria

Government budget score: 80

Government spending score: 80

Company register score: 60

National statistics score: 80

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 520

Overall rank in openness: 13

Bulgaria, a country located in Southeastern Europe, scores 80 on openness of government budget.

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Malta

Government budget score: 80

Government spending score: 80

Company register score: 60

National statistics score: 60

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 515

Overall rank in openness: 14

Malta, a southern European country, scores 80 on openness of government budget.

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Image: Tourists wait for a bus in Valletta, Malta.
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Italy

Government budget score: 90

Government spending score: 80

Company register score: 50

National statistics score: 60

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 515

Overall rank in openness: 15

Italy, a country that has high standard of living, scores 90 on openness of government budget.

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France

Government budget score: 80

Government spending score: 20

Company register score: 60

National statistics score: 90

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 510

Overall rank in openness: 16

France, one of the richest countries in the world, scores 20 on openness of government spending.

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Austria

Government budget score: 80

Government spending score: 60

Company register score: 50

National statistics score: 80

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 505

Overall rank in openness: 17

Austria, one of the richest countries in the world, scores 80 on openness of national statistics.

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Portugal

Government budget score: 60

Government spending score: 50

Company register score: 70

National statistics score: 80

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 495

Overall rank in openness: 18

Portugal, which has high standard of living, scores 50 on openness of government spending.

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Image: People look at a chocolate scuplture in Obidos village 80km north of Lisbon during the Chocolate Festival, Portugal.
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Slovenia

Government budget score: 90

Government spending score: 90

Company register score: 70

National statistics score: 90

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 485

Overall rank in openness: 19

Slovenia, located in southern Central Europe, scores 90 on openness of government spending.

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Image: A man gives children a ride on a small steam train at a tourist attraction in Pristava, near Sticna, Slovenia.
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Switzerland

Government budget score: 50

Government spending score: 80

Company register score: 70

National statistics score: 80

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 480

Overall rank in openness: 20

Switzerland, one of the richest countries in the world, scores 90 on openness of government budget.

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Israel

Government budget score: 80

Government spending score: 10

Company register score: 60

National statistics score: 80

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 475

Overall rank in openness: 21

Israel, one of the top technological hubs in the world, scores 10 on openness of government spending.

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Image: A view of Tel Aviv with the Mediterranean Sea in the background, Israel.
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The Czech Republic

Government budget score: 70

Government spending score: 20

Company register score: 70

National statistics score: 90

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 465

Overall rank in openness: 22

The Czech Republic, which was hit badly by the global economic crisis, scores 20 on openness of government spending.

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Spain

Government budget score: 70

Government spending score: 00

Company register score: 60

National statistics score: 90

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 460

Overall rank in openness: 23

Spain, which was hit badly by the global economic crisis, scores zero on openness of government spending.

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Ireland

Government budget score: 60

Government spending score: 80

Company register score: 60

National statistics score: 80

Total overall openness score includes such factors as transportation, legislation and elections: 460

Overall rank in openness: 24

Ireland, which has high standard of living, scores 80 on openness of government spending.


Image: A view of central Dublin, Ireland.
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