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The world’s 10 toughest countries in which to do business

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Setting up and running a business can be stressful at the best of times. But extreme problems or circumstances such as war, endemic corruption or widespread poverty are enough to deter the keenest of entrepreneurs.

CNBC.com takes a look at the world's most difficult countries in which to do business, based on the World Bank's report, "Doing Business 2015". The report ranks 189 countries for ease of doing business, using criteria such as 'getting electricity' and 'getting credit'.

By Anmar Frangoul, Special to CNBC.com. Published on December 10, 2014.

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