Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for Nicaragua. The first section presents the Ease of Doing Business rank (out of 189 economies) and the distance to frontier (DTF)** measure, overall and by topic. The second section summarizes the key indicators for each topic benchmarked against regional averages.

Economy Overview

Region Latin America & Caribbean
Income Category Lower middle income
Population 6,080,478
GNI Per Capita (US$) 1,780
City covered Managua
Doing Business 2015 Rank Doing Business 2014 Rank*** Change in Rank
119 126 down 7

Doing Business 2015 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
58.09 56.87 down 1.22
Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Change making it more difficult to do business.

Starting a Business


The challenges of launching a business are shown below. Included are: the number of steps entrepreneurs can expect to go through to launch, the time it takes on average, and the cost and minimum capital required as a percentage of gross national income (GNI) per capita.

DB 2015 Rank 120 DB 2014 Rank*** 140 Change in Rank up20
DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 80.27 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 72.63 Change in DTF** (% points) up7.64

Information on new business density and number of newly created firms with limited liability can be found at Entrepreneurship Database.

Indicator Nicaragua Latin America & Caribbean OECD

The total number of procedures required to register a firm. A procedure is defined as any interaction of the company founders with external parties (for example, government agencies, lawyers, auditors or notaries).

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Procedures (number)
6.0 8.3 4.8

The total number of days required to register a firm. The measure captures the median duration that incorporation lawyers indicate is necessary to complete a procedure with minimum follow-up with government agencies and no extra payments.

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Time (days)
13.0 30.1 9.2

Cost is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita. It includes all official fees and fees for legal or professional services if such services are required by law.

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Cost (% of income per capita)
73.9 31.1 3.4

The amount that the entrepreneur needs to deposit in a bank or with a notary before registration and up to 3 months following incorporation and is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita.

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Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita)
0.0 3.2 8.8
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Sign the incorporation papers before a notary public 3 days USD 875
2 Buy company accounting books and corporate books 1 day NIO 800
3 File incorporation statutes (acta constitutiva), register accounting books (sellado de libros) and register as a trader (inscripcion como comerciante) with the Commercial Registry (Registro Comercial) at the one-stop shop (Ventanilla Unica) 1 week NIO 350 (registration of accounting books) + NIO 300 (application as a trader)
* 4 Pay the inscription fees 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) 1% of capital (Commercial Registration) within a minimum of NIO 1,000 and a maximum of NIO 30,000 + NIO 100 (inscription of internal books)
5 Obtain the DUR (Documento Unico de Registro), a single document that allows registering at the same time for sales of taxes (RUC), social security (INSS), and the pre-municipal license (pre-matrícula) at the one-stop shop or at the DGI (Dirección General de Ingresos). 1 day 1% of capital (municipal license fee) + 1% of municipal license fee (municipal license document)+ NIO 5 (form for municipal license)
6 Obtain a municipal license (matrícula) 1 day NIO 500
  * Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

**The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

***Last year's rankings are adjusted. They are based on 10 topics and reflect data corrections.

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