THE LEGATUM PROSPERITY INDEX™ 2017

Creating the Pathways from Poverty to Prosperity

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

Western Europe: Leading the way as American prosperity declines

29 November 2017

In 2017, Western Europe became the most prosperous region in the world, with its nations holding seven of the top 10 ranks. However, this result did not come from gains in its...

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29 November 2017

In 2017, North America fell behind Western Europe to become the second most prosperous region in the world. Prosperity in North America declined faster than in any other region in 2017. This decline was driven by weakening So...

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29 November 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa remains the weakest-performing region in the world, as it has been since 2007. Nonetheless overall Sub-Saharan African prosperity grew considerably this year.

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29 November 2017

Asia-Pacific is the fifth most prosperous of the world’s seven regions. Prosperity in the region has grown faster than any other in 2016-1...

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29 November 2017

Latin America and the Caribbean is the third-highest ranking region in prosperity and one of four regions (on a population weighted basis) t...

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29 November 2017

Eastern Europe is the fourth ranking region and growth in prosperity in 2017 has exceeded the world average. Although this growth has stalle...

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29 November 2017

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region ranks sixth in world prosperity, above only Sub-Saharan Af...

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23 August 2017

From the 2016 Prosperity Index:For a number of years, New Zealand has topped the Legatum Prosperity Index...

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Harriet Maltby | 17 March 2017

From the 2016 Prosperity Index:Much has been made of Scotland’s likeness to successful small, homogenou...

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03 November 2016

From the 2016 Prosperity Index:Compared to other top 20 countries, North American prosperity has seen mar...

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