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14. Finland
2009 rank: #14
2008 rank: #13

Finland boasts some of the lowest costs for importing and exporting goods, at under $600 per container. It also ranks among the top 10 economies for the time it takes to obtain a construction permit, at only take 38 days, although the cost is high.

Recent reforms in Finland have streamlined court-supervised reorganization and made reorganization more accessible to troubled companies. Bankruptcy proceedings can be completed in less than a year, at a relatively low cost.

Areas in which Finland didn't perform so well in the "Doing Business" report include employing workers - rigid laws make it hard to hire and fire employees - and paying taxes, which takes 269 paperwork hours a year.

NEXT: 15. Georgia

Source: All data comes from "Doing Business 2009," a publication of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. Detailed methodological information is available at www.doingbusiness.org.
LAST UPDATE: Sep 11 2008 | 1:18 PM ET
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