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Denmark up two spots in competitiveness ranking

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Denmark up two spots in competitiveness ranking
PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Aarhus Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard (right) visit a construction site at Aarhus's harbour in 2013. Photo: Flemming Krogh/Scanpix
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The World Economic Forum ranks Denmark as the world's 13th most competitive nation - an improvement over last year but still far from the number three ranking just five years ago.
Denmark moved up two spots on the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report. 
 
Denmark took number 13 on the list, just above Taiwan and just below the United Arab Emirates. Scandinavian neighbours Sweden and Norway took 10th and 11th place respectively, while Germany took the number five spot. 
 
Although Denmark rose two spots in this year’s competitiveness report, it is still a far cry from just five years ago when the nation was number three. 
 
Hanne Shapiro is the director of the Center for Policy and Business Analysis at the Danish Technological Institute and was responsible for the Danish research in the competitiveness report. She said that that despite being ranked less competitive than its neighbours, things are looking up for Denmark. 
 
“It is a sign that the finances are better. It is particularly in areas like budget balance and credit rankings that we have improved,” she told Danmarks Radio. 
 
Denmark performed best in the category of technological readiness, where it was ranked number six. Its worst ranking was in market size, where Denmark came in at number 54. Denmark ranked 11th in both business sophistication and innovation.
 
 
The World Economic Forum (WEF) pointed to “uneven implementation of structural reforms” for the varying results of European nations. 
 
“In Europe, several countries that were severely hit by the economic crisis, such as Spain (35th), Portugal (36th) and Greece (81st), have made significant strides to improve the functioning of their markets and the allocation of productive resources. At the same time, some countries that continue to face major competitiveness challenges, such as France (23rd) and Italy (49th), appear not to have fully engaged in this process,” the WEF stated.
 
‘While the divide between a highly competitive North and a lagging South and East persists, a new outlook on the European competitiveness divide between countries implementing reforms and those that are not can now also be observed,” it continued. 
 
The full Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015 can be seen here

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