Country risk

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Mean Euromoney Country Risk, March 2000 - March 2011

Country risk refers to the risk of investing in a country, dependent on changes in the business environment that may adversely affect operating profits or the value of assets in a specific country. For example, financial factors such as currency controls, devaluation or regulatory changes, or stability factors such as mass riots, civil war and other potential events contribute to companies' operational risks. This term is also sometimes referred to as political risk; however, country risk is a more general term that generally refers only to risks affecting all companies operating within a particular country.

Political risk analysis providers and credit rating agencies use different methodologies to assess and rate countries' comparative risk exposure. Credit rating agencies tend to use quantitative econometric models and focus on financial analysis, whereas political risk providers tend to use qualitative methods, focusing on political analysis. However, there is no consensus on methodology in assessing credit and political risks.

Country risk ratings[edit]

Country risk rankings Q2 2013 The least-risky countries for investment
Rank Previous quarter Country Overall score
1 1 Norway 89.70
2 2 Switzerland 87.44
3 3 Luxembourg 87.21
4 4 Singapore 86.59
5 5 Sweden 86.41
6 6 Finland 84.54
7 7 Denmark 82.49
8 8 Canada 82.45
9 11 Hong Kong, China 81.74
10 10 Australia 81.53
Score out of 100.

Source: Euromoney Country Risk - published July 2013. [1]

The least-risky countries for investment. Ratings are further broken down into components including political risk, economic risk. Euromoney's quarterly country risk index "Country risk survey" monitors the political and economic stability of 185 sovereign countries. Results focus foremost on economics, specifically sovereign default risk and/or payment default risk for exporters (a.k.a. "trade credit" risk).

Annual Trend in Euromoney Country Risk, March 2000 - March 2011

Partial list of country risk premium[edit]

Partial list of credit risk rating agencies[edit]

Partial list of political risk analysis organizations[edit]

Downloadable Country Analysis and Reports[edit]


  1. ^ [1]: Survey which monitors the political and economic stability of 185 sovereign countries, according to ratings agencies and market experts. The information is compiled from Risk analysts; poll of economic projections; on GNI; World Bank’s Global Development Finance data; Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch IBCA; OECD consensus groups (source: ECGD); the US Exim Bank and Atradius UK; heads of debt syndicate and loan syndications; Atradius, London Forfaiting, Mezra Forfaiting and WestLB.