The latest 2011-2012 Global Competitiveness report by the World Economic Forum ranks Belgium in an excellent 15th. place.
The ranking is based on an extensive survey of more than 14,000 business leaders in 142 countries, combined with various objective data measuring the competitive strength of each country.
Belgium not only moved up four spots compared with 2010, it also recorded the highest score ever in the report's history. Belgium has, for the first time, surpassed France and is closing in on Germany and the Netherlands.
Switzerland reamains at the top, followed by Singapore, Sweden and Finland.
The WEF ranks Belgium high for its excellent healthcare, the quality of its research, of its primary education and its port and telecom infrastructure, as well as for its financial market development. With regard to the quality of management schools, detailed results show that Belgium is now the absolute no.1 country in the world.