Glance: Global Competitiveness Index from WEF

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Posted: Sep 05, 2012 5:07 AM

LONDON (AP) — The United States has fallen in the global economic competitive stakes for the fourth year running, according to an annual survey from the World Economic Forum.

Here is a glance at the top 20 in the WEF's Global Competitiveness Index, which ranks countries against a number of factors including the strength of their infrastructure and how they foster innovation.

Global Competitiveness Index 2012-2103
Country Rank2012-2013 Rank2011-2012
Switzerland 1 1
Singapore 2 2
Finland 3 4
Sweden 4 3
Netherlands 5 7
Germany 6 6
United States 7 5
United Kingdom 8 10
Hong Kong 9 11
Japan 10 9
Qatar 11 14
Denmark 12 8
Taiwan 13 13
Canada 14 12
Norway 15 16
Austria 16 19
Belgium 17 15
Saudi Arabia 18 17
South Korea 19 24
Australia 20 20
Source: World Economic Forum