Friday, February 22, 2008

Neighbourly and businesslike

Two things I didn’t know last week:

(1) In the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Citizenship Surveys, the proportion of people who feel they belong strongly to their neighbourhood rose from 71% in 2003 to 75% in 2005 and 77% in 2007.

(2) The World Bank’s latest Doing Business report compares countries on an ‘ease of doing business’ ranking. The UK is sixth, behind Singapore in first place, then New Zealand, the USA, Hong Kong and Denmark. (Other ranks include Japan 12, Germany 20, France 31, South Africa 35, Italy 53, Poland 74, Pakistan 76, China 83, Russia 106, West Bank and Gaza 117, India 120, Brazil 122, Iran 135, Iraq 141, Zimbabwe 152 and DR Congo in last place at 178.)

I would have guessed lower for both. I don’t know my neighbours, and I can’t imagine how to run a business. But maybe that’s just me.

1 comment:

Matt M said...

If your neighbours were annoying or repellent, wouldn't knowing too much about them actually decrease your sense of belonging? So knowing and belonging may not be positively related.