business, Forbes

Rising debt and regulatory constraints continue to damage the reputations of the U.S. and Europe as business-friendly locales, but America's northern neighbour is doing the right things to encourage entrepreneurship with robust tax reform, strong investor protections and a lack of red tape.

We determined the best countries for business by looking at 11 different factors for 134 countries. We considered property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom (personal, trade and monetary), red tape, investor protection and stock market performance. Click through to see the top 10 countries for doing business.

* Ranking based on research and published reports from the Heritage Foundation (Economic Freedom Index); World Economic Forum (Global Competitiveness Report); Transparency International (Corruption Perceptions Index); Freedom House (Personal Freedom Index); World Bank (Doing Business); Central Intelligence Agency (World Factbook); and Property Rights Alliance (International Property Rights Index).
** All economic data for 2010.