New Businesses Registered (Number of Limited Companies)

Based on a comparison of 112 countries in 2016, United Kingdom ranked the highest in new businesses registered in terms of a number of limited companies with 663,616 firms followed by Russia and South Africa. On the other end of the scale was Liberia with 31.0 firms, Liechtenstein with 34.0 firms and Bhutan with 47.0 firms.

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Country Unit 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Afghanistan firms             12,071 6,465 20,817 4,638 3,422    
Albania firms             2,088 1,849 1,886 2,114 2,219    
Algeria firms             9,564 12,256 13,938 14,207 15,574 ... ...
Argentina firms             12,118 13,133 13,799 12,228 11,672 ... ...
Armenia firms             2,527 2,671 3,178 3,172 3,213    
Australia firms             160,615 168,170 185,009 226,209 231,920    
Austria firms             3,476 3,213 3,058 3,466 4,235    
Azerbaijan firms ... ... ... ...     3,535 4,170 4,652 7,159 6,785    
Bangladesh firms             8,755 9,884 9,193 ... ... ... ...
Belarus firms             6,399 6,063 7,674 8,983 7,019    
Belgium firms             22,655 24,034 21,790 18,669 23,573    
Belize firms             566 576 576 665 655 ...  
Bhutan firms             18.0 23.0 82.0 24.0 29.0    
Bolivia firms             2,593 2,898 3,426 3,793 3,620    
Bosnia and Herzegovina firms ... ... ... ...     1,939 1,897 1,828 1,900 2,192    
Botswana firms             11,693 12,353 16,194 15,092 18,621    
Brazil firms             32,510 31,260 29,134 32,290 21,850    
Brunei firms ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 368 480 475 457    
Bulgaria firms             33,292 39,881 44,540 43,640 43,055    
Burkina Faso firms ... ...         1,076 1,127 1,268 ... ... ... ...
Cambodia firms             ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Canada firms             24,661 25,985 25,723 ... 30,904    
Chile firms             44,353 58,407 68,439 85,418 98,433    
Colombia firms ...           45,273 56,434 62,993 ... 71,299    
Costa Rica firms             5,104 4,414 2,925 2,980 3,742    
Croatia firms             7,112 7,133 8,053 14,405 13,072    
Cyprus firms             19,280 19,539 18,001 10,848 11,173    
Czech Republic firms             22,456 21,173 21,571 22,227 24,366    
Dem. Republic of the Congo firms ... ... ... ...     754 413 819 565 1,613    
Denmark firms             21,987 21,751 20,798 20,711 28,987    
Dominican Republic firms ... ...         6,934 7,648 7,738 8,817 8,734    
East Timor firms ... ... ... ...     4,445 2,212 1,686 3,571 2,889 ... ...
Egypt firms             ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
El Salvador firms             1,844 1,767 1,937 1,971 2,069    
Estonia firms             11,633 14,791 15,074 15,802 15,131    
Ethiopia firms             ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Finland firms             12,391 12,744 12,506 12,441 11,965    
France firms             132,696 132,293 121,538 104,662 94,927    
Gabon firms             ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Georgia firms             11,444 14,071 15,016 17,714 17,589    
Germany firms             73,966 71,190 69,332 68,526 67,458    
Ghana firms             13,760 15,649 13,154 ... ... ... ...
Greece firms             5,761 ... ... ... ... ... ...
Guatemala firms             5,088 4,306 4,306 ... ... ... ...
Guinea firms ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1,167 1,409 276 839 ... ...
Haiti firms             383 301 383 ... ... ... ...
Hong Kong firms             139,530 148,329 150,165 174,031 167,280    
Hungary firms             44,269 52,217 32,311 28,207 24,479    
Iceland firms ...           1,631 1,716 1,780 1,969 2,076    
India firms             86,645 97,405 103,078 91,841 69,841    
Indonesia firms             38,106 43,906 47,714 51,151 57,926    
Iraq firms             2,532 1,967 2,450 3,044 1,958    
Ireland firms             13,793 14,322 13,774 15,326 17,601    
Israel firms             16,898 16,383 14,504 14,476 15,680    
Italy firms             87,415 80,028 75,646 83,470 91,583    
Jamaica firms             2,020 1,897 1,946 1,948 1,775    
Japan firms ... ...         7,153 8,913 9,857 ... 11,886 ... ...
Jordan firms             3,106 3,039 3,868 4,122 4,093    
Kazakhstan firms             16,875 18,563 19,568 24,267 26,322    
Kenya firms           ... ... ... ... ... 45,366 ... ...
Kosovo firms             989 1,105 1,461 1,971 2,100    
Kyrgyzstan firms ... ...         2,905 3,433 3,379 4,035 4,100    
Laos firms ... ... ... ...     818 1,172 ... ... ... ... ...
Latvia firms             11,899 16,844 15,754 15,352 13,911    
Lesotho firms             1,761 1,573 1,801 2,038 1,942 ... ...
Liberia firms ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...  
Liechtenstein firms ... ... ... ...     12.0 20.0 24.0 30.0 29.0    
Lithuania firms             6,522 7,799 10,976 8,057 8,481    
Luxembourg firms             4,397 1,919 5,127 5,937 6,777    
Macedonia firms ... ...         6,729 6,015 5,394 5,452 5,524    
Madagascar firms ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 944 630 ... 1,460    
Malawi firms             ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Malaysia firms             44,202 45,455 45,441 46,321 49,203    
Maldives firms             ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Malta firms             3,052 3,381 3,984 4,529 5,062    
Mauritania firms ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...    
Mauritius firms             7,442 7,239 6,817 6,353 7,092    
Mexico firms             45,321 44,786 31,028 42,562 43,617    
Moldova firms             4,129 4,510 4,443 4,480 4,916    
Mongolia firms ... ...         8,482 10,428 10,486 12,312 12,492 ... ...
Montenegro firms ... ...         2,370 2,355 2,489 2,900 3,080    
Morocco firms             27,878 30,141 32,937 33,279 34,752    
Myanmar firms ... ...         2,693 4,569 3,550 6,101 6,321    
Namibia firms             803 873 1,127 1,154 1,233    
Nepal firms             10,032 10,285 10,745 9,652 12,119    
Netherlands firms             33,900 35,600 48,680 69,295 64,253    
New Zealand firms             44,898 42,447 44,169 45,873 49,156    
Niger firms             ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Nigeria firms             65,074 72,396 81,144 74,391 71,941    
Norway firms             14,112 16,693 25,620 26,298 25,888    
Oman firms             1,522 2,658 3,977 4,220 3,328    
Pakistan firms             3,021 3,532 4,148 4,095 4,892    
Panama firms             1,375 1,564 1,752 1,913 2,149    
Paraguay firms ... ...         997 364 504 562 440    
Peru firms             60,260 71,093 75,282 74,376 74,586    
Philippines firms             11,714 17,495 18,515 20,231 21,066    
Poland firms ...           18,120 19,320 24,753 29,891 30,155    
Portugal firms             28,501 31,896 27,830 32,081 31,860    
Qatar firms             2,247 3,373 3,053 3,065 3,288 ... ...
Romania firms             51,859 65,842 61,542 60,292 56,381    
Russia firms             258,327 157,281 397,952 398,782 427,388    
Rwanda firms             3,219 4,627 6,655 8,748 9,991    
Saudi Arabia firms ... ...         5,591 6,580 8,100 8,610 9,907    
Senegal firms             1,794 1,816 1,950 2,121 2,375    
Serbia firms ...           9,266 8,250 8,431 8,485 8,025    
Sierra Leone firms             905 831 1,069 1,046 682    
Singapore firms             27,483 29,781 31,531 34,766 38,306    
Slovakia firms             17,544 19,026 19,979 21,797 12,027    
Slovenia firms             5,438 5,754 6,174 6,107 6,243    
South Africa firms             206,826 180,877 220,910 239,596 235,602    
South Korea firms ... ...         60,312 65,110 74,162 75,574 84,697    
South Sudan firms ...           937 4,459 4,430 3,627 1,961    
Spain firms             75,070 81,680 84,954 90,923 92,231    
Sri Lanka firms ... ... ...       6,110 7,662 6,975 ... ... ... ...
Suriname firms             215 418 570 610 498    
Sweden firms             34,708 43,959 39,263 39,137 42,068    
Switzerland firms             22,192 23,713 23,587 24,601 25,085    
Syria firms             713 598 ... ... ... ... ...
Tajikistan firms             2,178 1,242 1,272 5,555 1,514    
Thailand firms             31,707 33,704 40,900 44,482 43,589    
Togo firms ... ...         560 615 723 737 995 ... ...
Tunisia firms             11,317 11,307 12,556 12,691 ... ... ...
Turkey firms             50,414 53,383 38,823 48,999 53,375    
Uganda firms             ... ... 20,800 ... ... ... ...
Ukraine firms ...           31,450 34,468 29,619 35,203 33,406    
United Arab Emirates firms             10,288 14,753 16,469 18,711 21,814    
United Kingdom firms             400,867 453,898 492,754 522,439 585,872    
Uruguay firms             6,711 7,239 6,473 6,929 5,456    
Uzbekistan firms             14,487 15,999 12,801 16,950 17,172    
Zambia firms             6,967 8,541 9,675 10,143 10,198