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Did you know that Venezuela’s inflation rate has reached a peak of 254%? Or that Andorra’s literacy rate for ages 15 and above is 100%? The Interactive Rankings page on globalEDGE is a tool that ranks countries or states according to the economy, trade and investment, energy, health, and government sectors. It has countless data on useful information that can be beneficial for students, professors, and professionals. Check out the links below to find out which country has the highest unemployment rate and which states have the highest high school graduation rates in the United States.

Unemployment Rate Rankings

High School Graduation Rankings

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As the world becomes increasingly global and more businesses look to expand internationally, an evaluation of risk can be crucial when making business decisions. Since 2012, ONDD (Office national du Ducroire) has evaluated seven specific types of risk in over 180 countries, releasing the rankings to the public. The rankings cover areas such as commercial risk, short term credit risk, war risk, and risk of expropriation and government action. The rankings for 2016 were released this month and are now available to view in our Database of International Business Statistics (DIBS), where you can filter the data by year, country, and specific risk area. Being aware of risk is important for international businesses and the ONDD data set is a useful tool to begin your research.

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The year of 2012 has been a great and exciting year for globalEDGE! To wrap up the year, the gE blog team will highlight some of the many exciting international business features globalEDGE has to offer. Throughout, this week there will be a blog post each day regarding globalEDGE. By keeping up with our blog series this week, you will learn about our new Regulatory Agencies section, the globalEDGE LinkedIn network, and our updated online course modules. We will begin this week by talking about the recently released Country Comparator Tool!

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In the business world competition is something companies must thrive on. In order to survive in this cut throat global economy, companies have to be able to compete with each other and show their strengths. Our coming blog series is based on just that, competition. We will be show casing the best of the best in international business.

Any international business professional should be aware of the world around them. We will help you out by putting the important information all in one place. This week watch for lists of the top countries for offshoring, top global business cities, top traded commodities, top countries in the ease of doing business, top business risks, and top international business trends. It is essential to stay on top of the latest trends and know where in the world potential for business growth lies. All of these lists should help you to get a feel of the current international business environment, and see ‘What’s On Top’.  So come back later this week for some awesome posts!