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US Falls Behind Denmark in Ranking of Talent Attractiveness

  • Switzerland and Singapore remain the top two; US slips to 4th
  • Insead’s separate cities index is led by San Francisco, Boston
Students pass Henry R. Kravis Hall at the Columbia Business School campus in New York.

Students pass Henry R. Kravis Hall at the Columbia Business School campus in New York.

Photographer: Amir Hamja/Bloomberg

The US slipped behind Denmark in a ranking of the most competitive nations in attracting and retaining talent, hurt in part by middling scores in openness to foreign business and workers, as well as personal safety. 

Overall, Europe dominated the top of the annual Global Talent Competitiveness Index issued by Insead, an international graduate business school, with seven countries in the top 10. Switzerland and Singapore remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, while Denmark moved to the third place, displacing the US, which dropped from the top 3 for the first time since 2017.