Health is the industry to be in if you want your company to survive.
Scotland-based businesses in the health sector are a third more likely to survive five years than companies in the area generally.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show 62% of businesses in the health sector launched in 2011 were still running five years later.
That compares to an overall five-year survival rate of 45.5% for all businesses in Scotland.
The national average for all businesses is 44.1%.
Other sectors where your business has a good chance of going the distance include professional, scientific and technical, with 52.5% of businesses surviving five years, and information and communication (52.1%).
More risky sectors are accommodation and food services, where 33.4% of companies survived five years, and wholesale, where 35.5% made their fifth anniversary.
For all businesses launched in 2013 in Scotland, 62.1% survived three years. The odds were best for those in the health sector, with 72.9% surviving three years, but the outlook was worst for accommodation and food services, with just half (50.3%) surviving for three years.
For those hoping to at least make it to their first anniversary, property may be a bad choice – just 67.4% of businesses make it, compared to 90% of businesses in Scotland generally.
Across the UK, businesses in the health sector were the most likely to survive for five years, with 54% of those started in 2011 making it to 2016.
This was followed by 51% of businesses in property and 49.4% in information and communication.
In comparison, just over a third of businesses in accommodation and food services (34.6%) made it to five years, along with 37.7% of wholesale businesses and 38.6% of businesses in administration and business support.
Health (69.8%) and education (67.4%) related businesses were the most likely to survive three years, while businesses in wholesale (54.2%) and accommodation and food services (54.7%) were the least likely.
In terms of failing fast, just 69% of finance and insurance businesses and 70% of property businesses made it to their first birthday.