The World Bank’s Doing Business 2016 report places Slovenia 29th among all countries, a further improvement compared to the previous report (35th). The improvement in the overall ranking was due to the significantly higher ranking in the category Resolving Insolvency (from 41st to 12th) after new insolvency legislation was adopted in 2013 (see above The upgraded institutional framework to boost the economy). Slovenia ranks highly in the category Trading across Borders (1st), Protecting Minority Investors (7th), Starting a Business (18th) where its distance to frontier score is closest to those of the best-performing countries (94.53%).
Slovenia ranks among the 35 least corrupt countries out of 168 countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index, which measures perceived levels of public sector corruption.
According to the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2015, Slovenia again ranked among the “Innovation followers” with an innovation performance above or close to that of the EU average. Innovation performance has been steadily increasing, placing Slovenia (besides the Netherlands and the UK) among the growth leaders of the Innovation followers. Slovenia’s performance relative to the EU improved from 86% in 2007 to 96% in 2014. Slovenia performs close to the EU average with its performance for four dimensions being above and for four dimensions below the average. Particular relative strengths are in International scientific co-publications, Public-private co- publications, Community designs and R&D expenditures in the business sector.
The UN Human Development Report 2015 ranks Slovenia among the countries with very high human development. According to its Human Development Index (HDI) value that increased from 0.874 in 2012 to 0.880 in 2014, Slovenia ranks 25th out of the 187 countries surveyed and 12th among EU countries. Slovenia’s ranking among very developed countries and above the EU average in terms of the HDI is mainly due to the education dimension, measured by the indicators of expected years of schooling for children and mean years of schooling for adults, where Slovenia ranks 8th and 9th, respectively, in the EU. The health dimension is measured by the indicator of life expectancy at birth, namely 80.4 years for Slovenia, ranking the country 16th in the EU. According to the income dimension, measured by the indicator of gross national income (GNI) per capita at purchasing power parity in US dollars, Slovenia was placed 14th in the EU.
Slovenia also holds a solid position in the Travel&Tourism ranking measured by the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI), which aims to measure the many different regulatory and business-related issues identified as levers for improving T&T competitiveness in countries around the world. In 2015, Slovenia was ranked in 39th place among 141 countries. Among the 14 pillars of the TTCI, Slovenia records high scores especially in safety and security (14th place), environmental sustainability (19th place), ground transport infrastructure (19th place) and tourism infrastructure (20th place), along with notable competitive advantages in cost to start a business (1st place), index of terrorism incidence (1st place), access to improved drinking water (1st place), ATMs accepting Visa cards (4th place), paved road density (9th place) and quality of the natural environment (16th place).