THE LEGATUM PROSPERITY INDEX™ 2016

Bringing Prosperity to Life

Regional Analysis

The 149 countries in the Prosperity Index are divided into six regions. We have analysed developments in these regions and chronicled the key trends and findings. Just as each country's path to prosperity is different, there are also regional differences in how prosperity is developing.
Regional Analysis

The Quest for Prosperity: How can New Zealand keep living standards rising for a...

23 August 2017

For a number of years, New Zealand has topped the Legatum Prosperity Index™ largely in part due to its high scores for its open economy and strong social capital. Our latest...

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Harriet Maltby | 17 March 2017

Much has been made of Scotland’s likeness to successful small, homogenous nations like New Zealand in the independence debate. Proponents of the potential of North Sea oil reserves even liken the future success of an indepe...

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03 November 2016

Compared to other top 20 countries, North American prosperity has seen marked stagnation over the past decade.

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03 November 2016

Europe has long been a region of stability and prosperity; its citizens are among the healthiest, wealthiest, and safest in the world. Globa...

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03 November 2016

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has long looked to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD), not its Gulf neighbours,...

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03 November 2016

Africa’s prosperity is growing yet still below world average … and the gap between best and worst performing countries remains significant

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03 November 2016

With literacy rates higher than 90 percent, improved democracy levels, large reductions in absolute pover...

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03 November 2016

Four of the five countries with the largest prosperity gains in absolute terms between 2007 and 2016— C...

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