The World Bank's annual "Doing Business" report ranks 181 countries on how friendly their regulatory climate is to entrepreneurs. These 10 countries filled out the bottom of the list, presenting major obstacles to fledgling new ventures.
2008 rank: #181
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the least friendly spot on Earth for entrepreneurs, according to "Doing Business 2009." Startup costs typically run to more than four times the $140 per-capita gross national income, and formally registering a business takes 155 days. Obtaining financing is a challenge, with few protections for investors and little credit-record information maintained for the country's citizens. Imports and exports are also pricey, averaging more than $2,400 per container.
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