Most Connected Countries
Posted on February 1st, 2017

The DHL Global Connectedness Index 2016 ranks the ten most globally connected countries, in descending order: the Netherlands, Singapore, Ireland, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, Denmark, and the United Arab Emirates. The report measures global connectedness based on the depth and breadth of countries’ integration with the rest of the world as manifested by their participation in international flows of products and services (trade), capital, information, and people. The ranking is based on 2015 data.
 
Viewed in terms only of the index’s depth criteria, which include countries’ international flows to the sizes of their domestic economies, the most deeply connected economies were: Singapore, Hong Kong SAR (China), Luxembourg, Ireland, and Belgium. On the breadth dimension, which evaluates the extent to which countries’ international flows are distributed globally or more narrowly focused, the leading countries were: the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Japan.
 
In 2014, global connectedness finally surpassed levels prior to the 2008 financial crisis. However, the expansion of global connectedness slowed down in 2015, as trade weakened and protectionist policies moved to the forefront.
 
The full report, DHL Global Connectedness Index 2016: The State of Globalization in an Age of Ambiguity, was released in October 2016 and contains data profiles of 140 economies. Click here to access the full report.



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