Special Report

The World’s Most (and Least) Competitive Economies

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5. Switzerland
> Score: 82.3 out of 100
> Gross domestic product: $487.5 billion
> Unemployment rate: 4.9%
> Patent applications: 321.7 per million residents

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4. Netherlands
> Score: 82.4 out of 100
> Gross domestic product: $861.5 billion
> Unemployment rate: 3.8%
> Patent applications: 189.9 per million residents

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3. Hong Kong SAR
> Score: 83.1 out of 100
> Gross domestic product: $427.1 billion
> Unemployment rate: N/A
> Patent applications: 48.6 per million residents

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2. United States
> Score: 83.7 out of 100
> Gross domestic product: $18.2 trillion
> Unemployment rate: 3.9%
> Patent applications: 144.0 per million residents

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1. Singapore
> Score: 84.8 out of 100
> Gross domestic product: $503.0 billion
> Unemployment rate: 3.6%
> Patent applications: 118.7 per million residents