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

Asia Pacific: A wide spread

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 2016-17, and is now close to the world av...

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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) to increase its prosperity this year.

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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 stalled, over half of Eastern European countries continued to improve their prosperity in 2...

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29 November 2017

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region ranks sixth in world prosperity, above only Sub-Saharan Africa; and in spite of ever-increasi...

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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™ largely in part due to its high...

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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, homogenous nations like New Zealand in the i...

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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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03 November 2016

From the 2016 Prosperity Index:Europe has long been a region of stability and prosperity; its citizens ar...

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03 November 2016

From the 2016 Prosperity Index:Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam have all seen rapidly ri...

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03 November 2016

From the 2016 Prosperity Index:The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has long looked to the Organisation for Eco...

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