The top ten most globalized countries this year (drawn from 2005 data - the latest available):
- Hong Kong
- the Netherlands
- United States
As the accompanying story points out, the countries on this list are notable for their size (or lack of it). These are very small countries.
"And if you’re living in a small country, reaching out beyond your country’s borders may be the only way to find new opportunities. Not surprisingly, six of this year’s tiny globalizers also ranked in the top 10 on the personal dimension of globalization, which measures international phone calls, travel, and remittances. People in small countries boosted their countries’ rankings by chatting it up on the phone, or in the case of Jordan, by sending large sums of money home. It all goes to show that mini can be mighty."
And that globalization isn't just about reciprocal concessions, non-tariff barriers and structural adjustment. It's also about people.