THE LEGATUM PROSPERITY INDEX™ 2016

Bringing Prosperity to Life

Czech Republic

Ranked 27th of 149

At a glance

Ranks

27 th on the Legatum
Prosperity Index™

26th
30th
34th
24th
27th
27th
28th
78th
32nd

SUB-INDEX RANKINGS

In the Prosperity Sub-Index rankings, Czech Republic performs best on Education and Economic Quality and scores lowest on the Social Capital sub-index.

Visit our Rankings table to see how the Czech Republic compares to other countries.

Prosperity Gap

The ‘Prosperity Gap’ takes a country's GDP and uses it as the yardstick to measure a nation's expected Prosperity Index ranking.

The Czech Republic has grown its prosperity surplus over the past decade and is the 3rd best deliverer of prosperity in Eastern Europe. Its only deficit comes in Social Capital and it has made little progress in this sub-index.

Note:
In the chart above, each dot represents a country. The curve shows the general tendency with which prosperity increases as GDP per capita increases. If a country falls below the curve, then we can say that compared to all other countries, it is under-delivering prosperity for its citizens. Likewise, if a country rises above the curve, then we can say that it is over-delivering prosperity for its citizens. Learn more about the Prosperity Gap here.

Alternatively, have a look at the Prosperity Gap view on our Rankings table for a full list of countries and to see how each of them are performing on the various sub-indices.

Commentary

The Czech Republic was the first member of the Eastern bloc to be granted the status of being a ‘developed economy’. It has maintained its rank of 26th in the Economic Quality sub-index since 2007: its score having declined marginally due to the effects of the 2008 financial crisis. The country, however, suffered less than many of its regional peers because of its relatively stable banking system and low public debt. It performs near the OECD average and just above the EU average in Economic Quality and has a low unemployment rate of 6.2%, below the OECD average of 8.5% and the EU average of 10.4%. The Index shows an increase in satisfaction with living standards and a decrease in those living in poverty. However, since 2008, the Czech Republic’s GDP per capita has stalled and structural polices are needed to promote faster and a more sustainable growth.

Unemployment (% of population) in the Czech Republic, OECD, and EU
The Czech Republic has a relatively low level of unemployment at 6.2%, though this is nearly 1% greater than before the 2008 financial crisis.

The biggest improvement comes in the Business Environment sub-index: the Czech Republic has moved up 20 ranks to 30th over the past decade. After Estonia, it is the best performing post-Communist state followed by Latvia. The Czech Republic benefits from excellent infrastructure, catching up with Western European levels. Electricity is the cheapest in the region after Poland. Since 2007, financial services have become more affordable and insolvency is easier to resolve than in the past. While the country still lags behind its OECD peers, it is making good progress in strengthening its business climate.

Education is the Czech Republic’s best forming sub-index: it is ranked at 24th and has ranked in the global top 25 for the past ten years. Educational quality (PISA score) stands above the OECD average and the Prosperity Index shows that attendance in both secondary and tertiary education has increased. The Czech Republic also has a healthy amount of its working age population with secondary vocational education: 40.4%, the fourth highest of the OECD.

The Czech Republic has seen good improvement in Health, moving up eight ranks to 27th. It performs at the OECD average and has the highest score in the former Eastern bloc. Czechs feel the most healthy in the region and are more satisfied with the quality of healthcare available. One area of concern is an increase in diabetes and obesity: the Czech Republic has the second highest obesity rate in the EU after the UK, affecting 26.8% of the population.

Health (Score) in the Czech Republic compared to the East European average.
The Czech Republic has the highest Health score of Eastern Europe, but also the highest prevalence of obesity.

Like many of its Eastern European peers, the Czech Republic has declined in Personal Freedom, moving down five ranks to 28th because of a lower tolerance for immigrants and ethnic minorities. It is concerning that only 31% of Czechs polled believe the country is a good place for immigrants, one of the lowest rates in Europe. Conversely, it has the greatest tolerance for the LGBT community in Eastern Europe and recognises civil partnerships.


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Data

How to read this graph:
When comparing multiple countries on a spider chart, data points that appear
further away from the center represent a better performance to the points that are closer to the center.