Booming economy - Information from the Latin Business Chronicle shows that Nicaragua reported the highest real GDP growth in the Central American region during 2010, reaching 4.5 percent. Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Nicaragua grew to US$508 million in 2010, a 17 percent increase versus last year. Additionally, when comparing FDI during the last four years and using 2007 as base year, Nicaragua is the only country in Central America to have surpassed investment flows registered that year, with a 33 percent growth.
Nicaragua is the safest country in the region. A study performed by CID Gallup Latin America, which measures crime rates and population threatened by criminal acts in Central America by considering factors such as the risk of leaving home and drug-trafficking in school systems, revealed Nicaragua as the country with the lowest incidence of crime in 2010 in the region.