THE LEGATUM PROSPERITY INDEX™ 2018

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

North America: Top-ranked again

28 November 2018

This year is the largest overall prosperity gain North America has seen since 2007; the region has improved after a small fall last year, making it the number one region. Cana...

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28 November 2018

In 2018 the level of prosperity within Western Europe improved, although Western Europe scores below North America. The largest improvements come from Economic Quality, Natural Environment, and Social Capital.

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28 November 2018

Eastern Europe’s prosperity has risen steadily over the past decade. The region has been rising at a faster rate than the world average – with last year’s increase the second largest of any region.

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28 November 2018

Latin America and the Caribbean is the third-highest ranking region in prosperity, but is being caught up by Asia and Eastern Europe. Prospe...

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21 November 2018

Asia-Pacific has been the fastest growing region over the past 10 years. It has also risen over the past year, despite scores declining in s...

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28 November 2018

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is the 6th ranked region and is one of only two regions to experience a decline in overall prosperit...

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28 November 2018

Prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa increased slightly this year, continuing the trend of gradual improvemen...

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29 November 2017

In 2017, Western Europe became the most prosperous region in the world, with its nations holding seven of...

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29 November 2017

In 2017, North America fell behind Western Europe to become the second most prosperous region in the worl...

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29 November 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa remains the weakest-performing region in the world, as it has been since 2007. Nonethe...

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