THE LEGATUM PROSPERITY INDEX™ 2016

Bringing Prosperity to Life

Lesotho

Ranked 115th of 149

At a glance

Ranks

115 th on the Legatum
Prosperity Index™

146th
119th
69th
120th
118th
107th
81st
90th
132nd

SUB-INDEX RANKINGS

In the Prosperity Sub-Index rankings, Lesotho performs best on Governance and Personal Freedom and scores lowest on the Economic Quality sub-index.

Visit our Rankings table to see how Lesotho 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.

Lesotho is a lower middle-income country that delivers prosperity as expected given its wealth. However, a closer analysis reveals that other countries (Nepal and Senegal, for example), with GDP per capita lower than Lesotho’s, have bigger prosperity surplus as well as a higher ranking.

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.

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.