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Distance to Frontier

This measure shows the distance of each economy to the “frontier.” The frontier represents the highest performance observed or each of the indicators across all economies measured in Doing Business since the inclusion of the indicator. An economy’s distance to frontier is reflected on a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 represents the lowest performance and 100 represents the frontier. For example, a score of 75 in DB {Year} means an economy was 25 percentage points away from the frontier constructed from the best performances across all economies and across time. A score of 80 in DB 2014 would indicate the economy is improving. In this way the distance to frontier measure complements the annual ease of doing business ranking, which compares economies with one another at a point in time. Read about this measure.  

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Methodology

Explanation of how the Ease of Doing Business Index and the Distance to Frontier Score (PDF, 95KB) are measured and calculated.
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Afghanistan 30.35 30.73 34.21 34.42 38.63 38.05 38.40 38.72 38.93
Albania 50.20 50.75 51.41 61.74 63.49 63.79 59.25 59.46 59.61
Algeria 46.34 47.43 49.24 49.39 50.44 50.20 51.01 51.90 51.96
Angola 32.51 35.49 35.93 37.14 40.52 39.88 43.55 44.27 44.47
Antigua and Barbuda 61.05 61.71 62.23 61.84 62.26 62.02 61.73 61.20 61.32
Argentina 52.72 55.47 55.66 55.70 55.51 55.77 55.63 54.21 54.26
Armenia 56.22 58.35 60.72 60.68 61.78 62.52 65.05 69.16 69.67
Australia 78.71 79.41 79.45 79.30 80.00 80.32 80.18 80.90 80.97
Austria 75.90 76.47 76.38 76.03 75.83 76.18 76.19 77.53 77.47
Azerbaijan 49.02 50.94 50.78 60.61 61.86 61.94 63.06 63.59 64.65
Bahamas, The   61.92 61.96 61.99 63.88 63.47 63.56 63.92
Bahrain   68.55 68.86 68.97 68.30 68.67 68.87 69.71
Bangladesh 49.81 50.05 50.46 52.56 53.57 55.20 55.28 55.42 55.69
Barbados       60.26 60.32 60.32
Belarus 41.14 42.04 44.37 51.74 54.36 56.91 62.50 65.89 67.12
Belgium 72.50 72.77 73.59 74.11 74.84 74.49 74.68 74.85 74.88
Belize 60.36 60.73 60.91 61.12 61.23 61.20 61.84 61.99 62.20
Benin 38.11 39.43 40.73 39.31 40.49 42.30 44.86 46.57 47.58
Bhutan 44.54 48.42 49.41 49.65 49.74 49.09 52.23 52.45 53.30
Bolivia 46.04 47.10 47.15 47.86 48.21 48.41 48.69 48.87 48.50
Bosnia and Herzegovina 49.87 50.45 50.86 52.73 55.33 55.70 57.13 58.37 58.70
Botswana 59.12 60.10 60.35 63.19 64.19 64.70 65.36 65.94 66.82
Brazil 46.87 48.37 47.81 48.44 49.07 48.74 48.70 48.60 49.55
Brunei Darussalam  54.25 54.29 54.43 54.97 55.33 55.33 57.21 59.98
Bulgaria 62.37 64.03 66.65 67.31 68.63 68.79 68.26 68.73 69.00
Burkina Faso 30.57 34.38 37.14 41.71 45.32 46.40 49.60 49.90 49.98
Burundi 33.19 33.16 34.53 34.59 35.98 36.22 41.96 47.54 50.62
Cabo Verde 49.99 49.91 50.47 50.78 52.07 54.77 57.62 57.90 58.53
Cambodia 40.28 40.47 40.97 47.10 46.49 47.81 48.12 50.21 50.11
Cameroon 39.22 40.73 41.35 40.85 41.57 43.73 46.38 46.82 46.98
Canada 82.03 82.26 82.25 82.19 82.43 83.62 83.29 83.06 82.67
Central African Republic 29.43 29.01 29.10 28.92 29.29 29.54 35.72 34.90 34.71
Chad 25.41 25.95 26.04 26.40 26.38 26.09 29.04 29.69 30.29
Chile 65.93 67.25 67.36 66.83 66.85 68.40 70.11 69.90 69.93
China 44.98 50.66 52.11 55.57 57.32 58.18 58.36 59.44 60.89
Colombia 55.11 55.78 58.34 61.33 66.44 67.87 70.37 70.20 70.32
Comoros 40.81 40.96 41.05 40.96 41.29 41.57 43.65 45.24 46.15
Congo, Dem. Rep. 28.02 28.16 28.24 28.71 28.97 33.45 34.86 35.45 36.43
Congo, Rep. 31.61 32.54 33.11 32.83 34.66 31.88 34.07 36.23 38.15
Costa Rica 49.70 49.81 51.84 53.57 54.12 53.78 55.17 57.45 59.96
Côte d'Ivoire 36.52 42.18 42.68 42.76 42.79 42.90 45.92 46.45 50.24
Croatia 49.12 50.73 56.08 57.58 60.13 61.51 62.33 62.13 63.15
Cyprus    67.00 66.95 68.38 69.84 69.94 69.97
Czech Republic 57.60 59.02 60.72 59.90 61.36 66.14 66.62 67.89 68.73
Denmark 79.57 80.80 82.75 82.77 82.86 84.33 84.55 84.60 84.62
Djibouti 37.98 38.20 40.56 41.77 41.94 42.08 41.89 42.14 46.11
Dominica 61.30 61.17 61.80 62.25 62.32 62.30 62.46 62.59 62.56
Dominican Republic 51.74 52.84 55.61 59.11 61.84 61.30 60.84 60.73 60.81
Ecuador 52.33 54.06 54.22 54.96 56.09 56.13 56.40 56.20 56.42
Egypt, Arab Rep. 37.99 39.70 47.24 50.99 53.70 54.59 54.64 55.00 55.13
El Salvador 54.46 56.02 56.87 59.02 59.53 59.02 59.19 59.19 59.39
Equatorial Guinea 37.04 43.78 43.76 43.79 44.13 43.42 46.05 46.44 46.53
Eritrea 26.35 27.07 26.80 28.16 29.38 30.04 30.34 30.75 30.93
Estonia 72.97 73.26 74.26 73.99 74.08 74.35 73.90 73.52 74.76
Ethiopia 46.84 49.59 49.92 50.41 49.60 51.44 52.09 54.03 55.56
Fiji 66.93 67.06 67.12 66.55 66.54 66.80 66.72 65.62 65.63
Finland 79.41 79.53 79.54 79.35 79.79 80.47 81.36 81.38 81.49
France 62.62 66.44 67.95 69.59 70.48 71.04 71.08 71.26 71.31
Gabon 47.67 48.11 48.36 47.71 48.83 48.47 50.98 50.44 51.53
Gambia, The 47.45 48.98 48.91 49.18 49.24 49.15 49.10 49.92 49.72
Georgia 48.44 61.48 65.83 70.41 73.72 76.48 79.28 80.50 80.76
Germany 77.34 78.22 78.20 77.27 77.75 77.70 77.85 77.46 77.76
Ghana 51.99 54.35 59.02 60.28 61.07 65.50 65.82 66.70 66.98
Greece 56.42 56.83 56.77 58.74 59.28 57.49 58.15 60.14 61.23
Grenada 56.82 56.88 57.05 57.19 57.67 58.68 58.69 58.74 58.76
Guatemala 51.06 53.40 54.38 56.64 60.01 59.98 60.31 61.54 64.69
Guinea 33.64 33.04 35.96 35.69 35.71 34.80 38.05 40.28 42.25
Guinea-Bissau 32.93 33.75 33.85 33.58 35.36 36.56 44.61 45.28 47.16
Guyana 55.89 56.27 56.86 57.01 58.05 58.32 58.31 58.35 58.69
Haiti 35.64 36.30 37.08 37.61 39.14 39.60 39.31 39.50 39.86
Honduras 50.48 52.19 54.38 55.89 56.32 56.22 57.22 57.93 57.80
Hong Kong SAR, China 83.75 85.64 85.27 87.19 89.30 89.68 89.60 89.66 88.99
Hungary 63.07 63.67 64.33 65.99 65.90 67.56 67.28 67.49 67.44
Iceland 77.71 78.39 78.98 78.94 78.41 78.74 80.10 80.20 80.53
India 40.73 42.73 45.13 45.72 46.68 47.95 50.36 50.79 51.31
Indonesia 48.05 48.64 51.84 53.27 55.28 55.94 56.40 56.68 56.81
Iran, Islamic Rep. 48.52 49.04 49.13 49.78 52.20 53.20 53.10 54.17 54.13
Iraq 45.32 44.95 44.60 43.82 45.62 44.86 45.10 46.68 47.31
Ireland 84.71 85.07 85.11 85.17 85.70 85.21 84.64 85.50 85.73
Israel 70.46 70.65 70.91 71.59 71.67 72.25 72.20 73.35 73.96
Italy 63.88 63.57 63.50 63.88 64.75 65.16 65.55 66.10 66.97
Jamaica 59.25 59.70 59.73 60.81 61.53 62.45 62.92 64.66 64.81
Japan 76.91 77.97 77.68 77.48 77.46 77.65 77.69 77.60 77.58
Jordan 48.66 50.47 51.77 54.18 56.33 56.53 57.22 57.27 57.34
Kazakhstan 48.36 51.61 52.00 54.55 55.89 58.40 61.44 61.37 61.84
Kenya 54.28 55.84 58.22 59.33 58.61 58.95 59.12 59.12 58.96
Kiribati 56.45 56.80 56.96 57.28 57.75 57.72 57.70 57.71 57.71
Korea, Rep. 74.48 75.01 75.86 76.88 79.79 80.08 81.55 82.46 82.69
Kosovo     54.56 54.35 54.44 60.06 64.96
Kuwait 56.49 56.89 57.93 58.08 58.48 58.40 59.54 59.42 59.69
Kyrgyz Republic 44.91 46.77 47.37 54.16 59.62 63.06 62.31 62.13 63.70
Lao PDR 37.19 38.34 40.55 41.39 42.71 45.27 47.12 47.73 48.34
Latvia 67.55 70.60 70.90 70.91 71.53 72.16 74.67 74.79 76.10
Lebanon 55.76 56.92 57.61 58.74 59.51 59.86 60.30 60.26 59.95
Lesotho 46.00 46.91 48.33 49.02 49.64 50.78 51.16 54.34 55.97
Liberia  33.85 33.93 38.46 44.86 45.21 48.37 50.03 51.64
Libya        28.52 28.93
Lithuania 71.84 72.69 72.49 72.59 72.90 72.95 73.96 74.12 76.62
Luxembourg  64.45 64.56 64.49 64.58 64.94 65.87 65.93 65.99
Macedonia, FYR 54.29 56.54 58.11 61.01 65.12 65.53 71.11 71.41 74.22
Madagascar 41.85 42.44 46.10 49.72 52.60 51.75 52.97 53.34 54.17
Malawi 43.37 42.59 44.41 46.92 49.58 50.29 50.60 48.87 48.62
Malaysia 71.38 71.42 71.68 73.84 74.02 75.57 78.72 79.80 81.59
Maldives 60.28 60.27 60.41 60.39 60.53 65.78 66.02 64.07 62.25
Mali 34.26 36.72 39.19 40.54 44.66 47.80 50.04 51.19 51.17
Malta       59.72 59.76 59.89
Marshall Islands 50.52 50.61 50.63 50.65 50.84 53.60 53.43 53.45 53.64
Mauritania 34.03 36.07 37.92 40.59 40.15 41.43 43.92 42.20 42.50
Mauritius 61.43 62.87 65.54 67.19 69.94 70.37 70.38 72.61 73.46
Mexico 61.94 65.76 66.48 65.86 68.07 69.78 71.36 71.72 71.82
Micronesia, Fed. Sts. 41.76 42.18 43.75 43.81 43.83 43.65 43.80 43.76 43.80
Moldova 54.55 55.09 56.30 56.45 58.77 58.79 62.27 63.21 65.65
Mongolia 55.32 55.87 56.96 57.95 59.32 59.08 60.29 61.57 62.42
Montenegro  58.77 59.13 61.94 63.21 64.30 65.57 68.28 70.36
Morocco 52.05 55.16 55.50 56.05 58.52 59.28 62.80 62.31 63.88
Mozambique 44.98 45.70 49.96 51.14 52.50 53.61 53.74 53.96 55.50
Myanmar        39.25 39.90
Namibia 59.82 60.02 60.06 60.51 60.82 60.88 60.96 60.73 60.67
Nepal 54.01 54.29 54.51 54.68 58.97 58.15 59.13 59.39 59.69
Netherlands 73.76 74.27 75.44 75.17 75.29 75.28 76.03 77.37 77.27
New Zealand 88.62 88.51 88.53 88.82 88.98 89.26 89.28 89.72 89.71
Nicaragua 49.02 51.55 52.02 52.41 52.71 52.75 55.71 56.41 57.11
Niger 31.82 35.53 37.04 36.90 38.35 38.72 42.28 42.36 42.34
Nigeria 41.39 44.26 45.29 45.15 45.46 47.23 47.68 48.22 48.49
Norway 81.52 81.82 81.61 81.10 81.30 81.46 81.48 82.68 82.79
Oman 61.13 61.35 61.39 62.58 64.27 64.32 66.20 67.37 67.51
Pakistan 56.04 57.47 57.74 58.30 58.75 58.66 58.77 58.89 59.05
Palau 53.73 52.56 52.98 53.03 53.07 53.05 53.54 52.98 58.73
Panama 60.81 61.38 61.87 62.08 62.60 62.67 62.78 63.02 64.77
Papua New Guinea 52.33 52.84 52.95 53.14 53.37 55.35 55.45 55.93 55.96
Paraguay 51.30 52.50 56.59 57.42 57.78 58.43 58.71 58.70 59.11
Peru 60.04 63.58 63.69 63.97 66.00 68.00 69.16 70.49 70.40
Philippines 50.39 50.41 50.38 50.80 51.15 51.57 51.70 52.00 57.56
Poland 57.56 58.96 60.15 60.28 63.63 65.62 66.34 72.50 73.37
Portugal 66.44 68.69 69.41 69.08 70.56 73.24 74.03 75.42 75.10
Puerto Rico (U.S.) 68.15 67.77 68.88 68.38 68.51 69.34 70.24 71.03 71.06
Qatar   65.96 66.04 66.27 65.49 67.19 68.08 68.13
Romania 59.10 63.28 65.57 65.79 66.34 65.44 65.37 67.08 67.59
Russian Federation 49.91 51.53 54.74 54.70 56.68 56.17 58.24 59.81 61.56
Rwanda 37.36 38.31 40.66 45.41 59.95 62.58 63.81 64.47 70.46
Samoa 59.03 59.05 59.48 59.47 62.04 63.59 63.80 63.83 63.43
San Marino        61.81 61.70
São Tomé and Príncipe 35.75 35.98 37.96 38.70 39.12 38.12 45.43 45.64 46.02
Saudi Arabia 60.11 60.50 66.93 68.61 68.94 70.79 70.23 71.32 71.26
Senegal 35.67 37.58 37.89 43.61 44.26 44.42 46.80 46.99 47.62
Serbia 51.13 54.25 55.18 55.93 58.16 59.07 59.50 60.69 60.52
Seychelles 59.97 60.87 60.79 61.12 61.70 61.63 62.40 62.54 62.67
Sierra Leone 37.28 37.89 37.55 42.71 44.47 46.79 51.06 53.15 54.10
Singapore 89.80 89.90 90.13 90.41 90.69 91.49 91.43 91.48 92.39
Slovak Republic 64.98 66.28 66.71 67.39 67.68 69.02 69.01 69.94 69.75
Slovenia 59.99 59.95 59.51 62.47 63.77 67.60 68.26 69.52 70.00
Solomon Islands 51.28 51.65 52.30 52.66 52.89 58.69 59.87 60.94 61.04
South Africa 66.67 67.27 68.31 69.59 69.90 70.36 71.52 72.71 72.99
South Sudan        35.73 34.16
Spain 69.66 70.14 70.19 69.95 70.21 70.23 72.27 72.53 70.84
Sri Lanka 53.51 53.65 53.66 55.75 55.78 54.59 55.57 59.55 60.20
St. Kitts and Nevis 56.46 56.75 56.93 57.31 57.47 57.49 56.57 56.52 56.55
St. Lucia 62.48 62.72 63.17 63.76 63.95 63.72 63.71 63.82 63.75
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 58.59 58.65 58.97 59.08 59.77 59.92 59.94 60.00 60.04
Sudan 44.95 46.29 47.33 47.75 48.65 48.93 49.71 50.53 51.17
Suriname 40.12 40.71 41.41 41.69 41.17 41.22 41.31 41.37 42.87
Swaziland 53.90 54.00 54.22 53.83 54.11 57.86 58.12 58.76 59.32
Sweden 77.82 79.42 79.36 79.32 80.63 82.29 81.89 81.49 81.62
Switzerland 72.92 73.18 73.19 72.82 72.81 72.87 72.96 73.03 72.96
Syrian Arab Republic 42.75 43.60 43.33 46.13 46.60 48.78 49.41 49.61 42.21
Taiwan, China 68.16 67.91 67.68 68.65 71.15 71.63 72.95 77.05 77.04
Tajikistan 30.84 32.61 34.64 36.99 41.74 43.64 44.67 45.79 48.43
Tanzania 48.59 51.27 52.58 52.90 53.20 53.58 54.72 54.63 54.78
Thailand 66.38 66.96 68.63 73.63 73.90 73.45 73.55 73.78 74.26
Timor-Leste 27.91 28.82 29.78 31.89 33.69 35.86 38.86 38.80 38.79
Togo 36.75 39.24 39.20 39.28 40.22 41.38 43.58 46.64 48.07
Tonga 60.40 60.38 60.91 61.62 62.14 62.28 63.37 63.52 64.66
Trinidad and Tobago 57.89 58.04 58.83 58.86 59.01 59.26 59.75 60.65 60.96
Tunisia 59.33 59.37 60.56 62.71 65.26 66.79 66.94 66.94 66.99
Turkey 58.52 58.76 62.03 62.78 63.06 63.13 63.64 64.38 65.01
Uganda 48.76 49.17 50.13 50.63 51.69 55.38 55.70 56.21 56.47
Ukraine 38.17 40.33 41.18 42.30 44.49 47.75 48.25 53.01 61.30
United Arab Emirates 63.16 63.15 65.57 65.57 68.65 68.86 69.18 70.43 72.07
United Kingdom 82.02 81.96 81.91 81.85 83.67 84.58 84.75 84.73 84.89
United States 83.95 83.63 83.46 84.27 84.26 84.29 84.24 83.59 83.62
Uruguay 51.15 53.40 53.56 56.16 55.52 55.52 58.93 60.41 60.79
Uzbekistan 38.24 39.18 40.46 42.56 42.60 43.02 43.74 46.40 48.29
Vanuatu 59.06 59.47 59.54 62.97 64.05 64.30 65.25 64.86 66.22
Venezuela, RB 39.56 36.91 34.81 34.40 34.27 36.81 37.28 38.60 38.48
Vietnam 55.38 55.35 58.26 59.16 59.59 60.50 60.25 60.60 61.25
West Bank and Gaza 47.08 47.59 48.77 50.43 50.59 50.11 49.99 50.73 52.40
Yemen, Rep. 43.95 46.67 47.31 53.63 55.86 55.77 56.43 54.96 55.13
Zambia 54.84 55.38 56.41 57.52 60.04 62.53 62.81 63.15 64.80
Zimbabwe 42.80 42.08 37.89 36.16 38.96 37.76 39.91 39.27 40.79