× Europe Regional Statistics Square Meter Prices Rental Yields Rents Price/Rent Ratio Price/GDP per Cap Buy/Sell Costs Rental Income Tax Capital Gains Tax Price Change 1 yr Price Change 5 yrs Price Change 10 yrs Landlord & Tenant Law GDP Per Capita GDP/Cap Growth 1 yr GDP/Cap Growth 5 yrs Economic Freedom Competitiveness Property Rights Index Currency +/- Value Taxes on Residents Move to Region ... Asia Europe Africa Caribbean Pacific Middle East North America Latin America Competitiveness Rating in Europe Home Europe Competitiveness Rating Footnote | Export Sort: Alphabetically | Ascending Rank | Descending Rank Click name of country for detailed information Switzerland 5.90 Netherlands 5.70 Germany 5.70 UK 5.50 Finland 5.50 Sweden 5.50 Denmark 5.40 Norway 5.40 Ireland 5.20 Austria 5.20 Luxembourg 5.20 France 5.20 Belgium 5.20 Iceland 5.00 Czech Rep. 4.80 Estonia 4.80 Spain 4.70 Malta 4.60 Russia 4.60 Lithuania 4.60 Portugal 4.60 Poland 4.60 Italy 4.50 Slovenia 4.50 Bulgaria 4.50 Turkey 4.40 Latvia 4.40 Hungary 4.30 Slovak Rep. 4.30 Cyprus 4.30 Romania 4.30 Albania 4.20 Croatia 4.20 Montenegro 4.10 Serbia 4.10 Ukraine 4.10 Moldova 4.00 Greece 4.00 Bosnia & H. 3.90 Europe: Economic growth competiveness index The Growth Competitiveness Index (GCI), aims to quantify the quality of the macroeconomic environment, the state of a countrys public institutions, and its level of technological readiness. Higher competitiveness scores are more desirable: Very High 5.51 to 7 High 4.51 to 5.50 Moderate 3.51 to 4.50 Low - 3.01 to 3.50 Very Low 0 to 3.00 Source: World Economic Forum European statistics. European house price and other economic statistics vary in quality. It is often a surprise to non-Europeans to discover that swathes of this rich, highly developed continent are not covered by good housing statistics. Northern European countries have generally good house price time-series. In particular, all the Scandinavian countries generate excellent house price statistics. In the Baltics the situation is improving rapidly. Latvia generates an official annual house price time-series, and the realtor Latio publishes a monthly index. Lithuania has no official house price or rents time-series, but the firm Inreal publishes annual prices and rents for Vilnius for a few years. Estonia has high-quality housing statistics, generated by the Statistical Office of Estonia (SOE). Data on house prices, house sales and construction activities, as well as general economics statistics are all available from the SOE. Central Europe is mixed. German house price statistics are weak. France has very good statistics, the Netherlands has good data, Belgium and Austria have acceptable data. Spain has made giant strides, Portugal is weaker. Southern Europe tends to have weak statistical data. There is a particular lack of housing statistics in Italy, Greece, and Turkey (though Italy has some private, for-sale, data generators). Statistics in Eastern Europe are weak. Efforts are being made to change this, for instance Bulgaria began publishing a house price time-series in 2006. Aside from this, the Czech Republic has an official index, and in Poland, REAS Konsulting produces a for-sale index.