Expanding abroad is a big step for any business - and that's without added risks from geopolitical instability and dodgy dealers, not to mention natural hazards.
Now a new "resilience index" by property insurer FM Global has identified the riskiest places in the world to do business - taking into account factors ranging from corruption, infrastructure and the quality of the local supply chain to countries' dependence on oil.
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And while the UK came 20th for the third year running (although we have low levels of corruption and a reliable supply chain, the risk of terrorism knocks us down), Ireland came in at number four, thanks to its low exposure to natural hazards and "the fruits of its austerity and fiscal regimes".
Norway and Switzerland were ranked first and second, followed by the Netherlands. And although the decision to host the World Cup in Qatar is controversial, the country was the only Middle Eastern nation to be included in the top 10, thanks to its macroeconomic stability, efficient goods and labour markets and high degree of security.
At the bottom of the 130-strong list was Venezuela, which has a "challenging mix" of an unstable economy, high inflation and public debt, and "malfunctioning" markets, the report said.
Meanwhile, Ukraine and Kazakhstan were the biggest fallers, dropping 31 places thanks to, respectively, war and "poor commitment to natural hazard risk management". Thailand fell 20 places to 82nd, pushed down by the declining quality of its infrastructure and low-quality local suppliers.
|Top 10||Bottom 10|
|1. Norway||121. Tajikistan|
|2. Switzerland||122. Egypt|
|3. Netherlands||123. Pakistan|
|4. Ireland||124. Jamaica|
|5. Luxembourg||125. Honduras|
|6. Germany||126. Dominican Republic|
|7. Qatar||127. Nicaragua|
|8. Canada||128. Mauritania|
|9. Finland||129. Kyrgyz Republic|
|10. US central region||130. Venezuela|