Here are the Top 5 Countries with Best Infrastructure. What About Your Country?

Here are the Top 5 Countries with Best Infrastructure. What About Your Country?

Significant, well-organized infrastructure is a need and priority for any economy to work competitively. That groundwork needs to be conserved and even modernized if a country wants its economy to run efficiently. 

The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2016-2017  looks at the financial health and risks of countries around the world.

One of the sub-indexes ranks countries' infrastructure after scoring them from 1-7. A score of 7 is the best you can get.

While no country scored a perfect 7, there are a number of countries that claimed a score of over 6.

Out of 138 countries in total of WEF’s assessment, take a look at the top 5 who are leading the way!


  1. Hong Kong SAR
Image: Flickr / Loic Lagarde
Image: Flickr / Loic Lagarde

Hong Kong has an unconventional land, sea, and air transportation and communication systems.  It is one of the easiest places in the world to do business due to its up-to-date travel, logistics and telecommunications networks and a thriving port.


  1. Singapore
Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy


Singapore remains at the top, and the best in Asia Pacific ranking. Singapore has inbred a grand infrastructure and well-built transport system. The government has invested momentous amounts in public transport, particularly the mass shipment structure. 


  1. Netherlands
Image: Shutterstock
Image: Shutterstock


Netherlands has an outstanding organization of harbors, airports, and highways. It also has an exceedingly advanced telecommunications organization. The capital city, Amsterdam is a poster child for smooth and efficient infrastructure for anyone travelling by foot, bike, car, tram, train, or car.


  1. United Arab Emirates
Image: Savannah State University
Image: Savannah State University


The UAE knows how important infrastructure spending is to boost its overall economy. And the construction sector is set to grow by 6.6% this year, compared to the overall economy which is pipped to rise by 2.6% in 2016.


  1. Japan
Image: Shutterstock / Sean Pavone
Image: Shutterstock / Sean Pavone


The country is famous for its incredible infrastructure, such as its capability of high-speed bullet trains. In August, the government announced a huge $61 billion infrastructure spend to help boost its tourist numbers.


What about other countries in Southeast Asia?

Regional players have seen their currencies depreciate against the dollar, such as Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia, continue to put pressure on the infrastructure investment fund side to boost their competitiveness.

Here are the world's ranks of other Southeast Asian countries:


25. Malaysia

38. Thailand

41. Indonesia

57. Philippines

58 Brunei Darussalam

60. Vietnam

89. Cambodia

93. Lao PDR

Myanmar (Data Not Available)


Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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