Europe is overtaking the US as the true home of the entrepreneur, and the Netherlands leads the list, according to a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit and private equity firm Apax Partners. The survey put the Netherlands in top place with a score of 8.44 while Denmark and the UK were in joint second place with a score of 8.39. The US and Switzerland tied in fourth place on 8.34. The index covers 60 countries and its rankings are produced by assessing trends from the last five years and predictions until 2006. A survey last week showed that the 25 fastest growing firms in the Netherlands had created 10,000 new jobs over the past five years.
Source: Apax Partners Ltd./Economist Intelligence Unit, 10 June 2002