The survey rated the four countries in a tie for first place in an assessment that ranked 131 countries. Rankings were based on each country’s transparency, stability and economic outlook.

The highest-risk countries were Zimbabwe and Afghanistan, with Yemen, Uzebekistan, Tajikstan and Sudan only slightly above them.

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Dun and Bradstreet CEO Christine Christian said that Australia’s economic climate looked set to remain prosperous in 2010: “Australia has been classified as a low-risk environment for business investment, demonstrating the strength of the nation’s economy at a time when the recovery in many other developed nations remains sluggish.”