* indicates monthly or quarterly data series

Regulatory quality index (-2.5 weak; 2.5 strong), 2021 - Country rankings:

The average for 2021 based on 192 countries was -0.03 points.The highest value was in Singapore: 2.23 points and the lowest value was in North Korea: -2.33 points. The indicator is available from 1996 to 2021. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: points; Source: The World Bank
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Countries Regulatory quality, 2021 Global rank Available data
Singapore 2.23 1 1996 - 2021
Luxembourg 1.92 2 1996 - 2021
Finland 1.9 3 1996 - 2021
Australia 1.84 4 1996 - 2021
Denmark 1.81 5 1996 - 2021
New Zealand 1.81 6 1996 - 2021
Macao 1.78 7 1996 - 2021
Netherlands 1.75 8 1996 - 2021
Sweden 1.75 9 1996 - 2021
Switzerland 1.73 10 1996 - 2021
Norway 1.64 11 1996 - 2021
Germany 1.63 12 1996 - 2021
Canada 1.62 13 1996 - 2021
Hong Kong 1.58 14 1996 - 2021
Estonia 1.56 15 1996 - 2021
Ireland 1.56 16 1996 - 2021
Liechtenstein 1.54 17 1996 - 2021
Iceland 1.53 18 1996 - 2021
Taiwan 1.47 19 1996 - 2021
UK 1.47 20 1996 - 2021
USA 1.45 21 1996 - 2021
Japan 1.38 22 1996 - 2021
Andorra 1.36 23 1996 - 2021
Austria 1.35 24 1996 - 2021
Czechia 1.35 25 1996 - 2021
Belgium 1.34 26 1996 - 2021
Lithuania 1.28 27 1996 - 2021
France 1.24 28 1996 - 2021
Latvia 1.22 29 1996 - 2021
Israel 1.21 30 1996 - 2021
Mauritius 1.17 31 1996 - 2021
South Korea 1.1 32 1996 - 2021
Georgia 1.06 33 1996 - 2021
UA Emirates 1.01 34 1996 - 2021
Brunei 0.99 35 1996 - 2021
Bermuda 0.96 36 1996 - 2021
Aruba 0.95 37 2004 - 2021
Chile 0.95 38 1996 - 2021
Slovakia 0.87 39 1996 - 2021
Cyprus 0.86 40 1996 - 2021
Qatar 0.86 41 1996 - 2021
Bahrain 0.85 42 1996 - 2021
Poland 0.84 43 1996 - 2021
Puerto Rico 0.83 44 1996 - 2021
Slovenia 0.83 45 1996 - 2021
Malta 0.81 46 1996 - 2021
Spain 0.81 47 1996 - 2021
Portugal 0.74 48 1996 - 2021
Malaysia 0.72 49 1996 - 2021
Uruguay 0.72 50 1996 - 2021
Botswana 0.61 51 1996 - 2021
Barbados 0.56 52 1996 - 2021
Italy 0.55 53 1996 - 2021
Croatia 0.5 54 1996 - 2021
Hungary 0.5 55 1996 - 2021
Costa Rica 0.46 56 1996 - 2021
Bulgaria 0.45 57 1996 - 2021
Greece 0.44 58 1996 - 2021
Montenegro 0.43 59 2005 - 2021
North Macedonia 0.42 60 1996 - 2021
Ant.& Barb. 0.39 61 1996 - 2021
Saint Lucia 0.37 62 2004 - 2021
St. Vincent & ... 0.34 63 2004 - 2021
Saudi Arabia 0.34 64 1996 - 2021
Oman 0.33 65 1996 - 2021
Romania 0.31 66 1996 - 2021
Indonesia 0.3 67 1996 - 2021
Grenada 0.29 68 1996 - 2021
Dominica 0.28 69 1996 - 2021
Cape Verde 0.27 70 1996 - 2021
Colombia 0.22 71 1996 - 2021
Jamaica 0.2 72 1996 - 2021
Albania 0.19 73 1996 - 2021
Palau 0.19 74 2008 - 2021
Panama 0.19 75 1996 - 2021
Kuwait 0.17 76 1996 - 2021
Armenia 0.15 77 1996 - 2021
Jordan 0.15 78 1996 - 2021
Domin. Rep. 0.09 79 1996 - 2021
Kazakhstan 0.09 80 1996 - 2021
Thailand 0.09 81 1996 - 2021
Peru 0.08 82 1996 - 2021
Philippines 0.08 83 1996 - 2021
Rwanda 0.07 84 1996 - 2021
Bahamas 0.06 85 1996 - 2021
Serbia 0.05 86 1996 - 2021
Seychelles 0.02 87 1996 - 2021
Moldova 0.01 88 1996 - 2021
Fiji -0 89 1996 - 2021
Namibia -0 90 1996 - 2021
Palestine -0.02 91 1996 - 2021
Azerbaijan -0.06 92 1996 - 2021
South Africa -0.07 93 1996 - 2021
India -0.08 94 1996 - 2021
Turkey -0.08 95 1996 - 2021
Tr.&Tobago -0.09 96 1996 - 2021
Brazil -0.11 97 1996 - 2021
Morocco -0.12 98 1996 - 2021
Vanuatu -0.12 99 2004 - 2021
Samoa -0.17 100 1996 - 2021
Bosnia & Herz. -0.18 101 1996 - 2021
Ghana -0.2 102 1996 - 2021
Mongolia -0.21 103 1996 - 2021
Paraguay -0.21 104 1996 - 2021
Mexico -0.23 105 1996 - 2021
Ivory Coast -0.26 106 1996 - 2021
Tonga -0.28 107 2004 - 2021
Ukraine -0.28 108 1996 - 2021
China -0.31 109 1996 - 2021
Senegal -0.31 110 1996 - 2021
Guatemala -0.32 111 1996 - 2021
El Salvador -0.34 112 1996 - 2021
Bhutan -0.37 113 1996 - 2021
Sri Lanka -0.37 114 1996 - 2021
Tuvalu -0.38 115 2004 - 2021
Tunisia -0.39 116 1996 - 2021
Vietnam -0.4 117 1996 - 2021
Belize -0.42 118 1996 - 2021
Benin -0.43 119 1996 - 2021
Kenya -0.45 120 1996 - 2021
Burkina Faso -0.47 121 1996 - 2021
Kiribati -0.48 122 2004 - 2021
Uganda -0.48 123 1996 - 2021
Egypt -0.51 124 1996 - 2021
Guyana -0.52 125 1996 - 2021
Honduras -0.52 126 1996 - 2021
Maldives -0.52 127 1996 - 2021
Russia -0.53 128 1996 - 2021
Zambia -0.55 129 1996 - 2021
Kyrgyzstan -0.58 130 1996 - 2021
Swaziland -0.58 131 1996 - 2021
Uzbekistan -0.58 132 1996 - 2021
Argentina -0.62 133 1996 - 2021
Mali -0.62 134 1996 - 2021
Nepal -0.62 135 1996 - 2021
Tanzania -0.63 136 1996 - 2021
Togo -0.63 137 1996 - 2021
Cambodia -0.64 138 1996 - 2021
Angola -0.66 139 1996 - 2021
Ecuador -0.7 140 1996 - 2021
Suriname -0.7 141 1996 - 2021
Pakistan -0.73 142 1996 - 2021
Lesotho -0.74 143 1996 - 2021
Niger -0.75 144 1996 - 2021
Mozambique -0.78 145 1996 - 2021
Malawi -0.79 146 1996 - 2021
Micronesia -0.79 147 2004 - 2021
Gabon -0.81 148 1996 - 2021
Madagascar -0.82 149 1996 - 2021
Papua N.G. -0.83 150 1996 - 2021
Nicaragua -0.84 151 1996 - 2021
Bangladesh -0.85 152 1996 - 2021
Solomon Isl. -0.86 153 2004 - 2021
Djibouti -0.87 154 1996 - 2021
Gambia -0.87 155 1996 - 2021
Lebanon -0.88 156 1996 - 2021
Laos -0.89 157 1996 - 2021
Belarus -0.92 158 1996 - 2021
Cameroon -0.92 159 1996 - 2021
Ethiopia -0.93 160 1996 - 2021
Nigeria -0.93 161 1996 - 2021
S.T.&Principe -0.93 162 1996 - 2021
Liberia -0.95 163 1996 - 2021
Guinea -0.96 164 1996 - 2021
Sierra Leone -0.96 165 1996 - 2021
Burundi -0.98 166 1996 - 2021
Mauritania -1.06 167 1996 - 2021
Iraq -1.11 168 1996 - 2021
Burma -1.13 169 1996 - 2021
Tajikistan -1.13 170 1996 - 2021
Bolivia -1.15 171 1996 - 2021
Chad -1.15 172 1996 - 2021
Algeria -1.17 173 1996 - 2021
Comoros -1.25 174 1996 - 2021
G.-Bissau -1.26 175 1996 - 2021
Haiti -1.32 176 1996 - 2021
Afghanistan -1.34 177 1996 - 2021
R. of Congo -1.35 178 1996 - 2021
Zimbabwe -1.37 179 1996 - 2021
DR Congo -1.42 180 1996 - 2021
Sudan -1.47 181 1996 - 2021
C.A. Republic -1.49 182 1996 - 2021
Iran -1.62 183 1996 - 2021
Syria -1.63 184 1996 - 2021
Eq. Guinea -1.71 185 1996 - 2021
Somalia -1.82 186 1996 - 2021
Libya -1.95 187 1996 - 2021
Yemen -2.01 188 1996 - 2021
Turkmenistan -2.02 189 1996 - 2021
Venezuela -2.2 190 1996 - 2021
Eritrea -2.27 191 1996 - 2021
North Korea -2.33 192 1996 - 2021


Economic outlook

Definition: The index of Regulatory Quality captures perceptions of the ability of the government to formulate and implement sound policies and regulations that permit and promote private sector development.
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1.84
1.81
1.81
1.78
1.75
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1.73
1.64
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1.58
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1.47
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1.45
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1.35
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1.28
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0.61
0.56
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0.50
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0.46
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0.42
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0.37
0.34
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0.33
0.31
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0.28
0.27
0.22
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0.09
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-1.06
-1.11
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-1.15
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-1.17
-1.25
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-1.32
-1.34
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-1.37
-1.42
-1.47
-1.49
-1.62
-1.63
-1.71
-1.82
-1.95
-2.01
-2.02
-2.20
-2.27
-2.33
-2.33
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