Global Finance magazine has named its FDI Superstars 2018. This exclusive ranking is based on a proprietary algorithm developed by Global Finance to determine which nations are the most successful at attracting foreign direct investment (FDI).


Based simply on raw inflow data, the US and China outrank all competitors. But Global Finance has dug deeper to identify and rank the nations that are truly making the most of their natural advantages and also actively promoting policies and passing laws to draw foreign nancing for in-country projects and businesses.

To develop the FDI Superstars 2018 ranking, Global Finance applied a formula to calculate each nation’s FDI relative to its share of global GDP — an FDI Performance Index. This serves to smooth out the oversized impact of the largest markets. Each nation was ranked over a period of ten years to see how much they have risen or fallen relative to the others.

Then, to home in on the countries that are attractive due to policies rather than natural resources, Global Finance factored in scores from the World Bank’s “Doing Business” report, and from the Global Peace Index (GPI), produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace.

“Our analysis provides a unique insight into FDI by opening a window on countries that win more FDI than might be expexted,” said Joseph D. Giarraputo, publisher and editorial director of Global Finance. “While some countries rank high due to abundant natural resources or external factors, in general, these winners have put in place good policies, both on the macro level and specific to FDI, that strongly appeal to investors.”

Global Finance's FDI Superstars 2018

1. United Kingdom

2. Singapore

3. Netherlands

4. Ireland

5. Australia 

6. Luxembourg

7. Portugal

8. Cyprus

9. Azerbaijan

10. Ghana

11. China, Hong Kong

12. Sweden

13. United States

14. Malaysia

15. Panama

16. Mozambique

17. Belgium

18. Albania

19. Vietnam

20. Italy

To download the FDI Superstars 2018 Press Release click here. A full report on the selections will appear in the April 2018 issue of Global Finance.

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Andrea Fiano