TOPIC: The World's Most Prosperous Nations are in Europe, Finds Legatum Prosperity Index; Finland is Top; The United Kingdom Ranks 12th, Ahead of Germany (14
The World's Most Prosperous Nations are in Europe, Finds Legatum Prosperity Index; Finland is Top; The United Kingdom Ranks 12th, Ahead of Germany (14 06 Dec 2011 18:56 #1
The World's Most Prosperous Nations are in Europe, Finds Legatum Prosperity Index; Finland is Top; The United Kingdom Ranks 12th, Ahead of Germany (14th) and France (17th)
LONDON, October 26 /PRNewswire/ --
- Despite High Concentration of World's Most Prosperous Countries in Europe, Signs of Potential Weakness in Domestic Security and Governance
The third edition of the Legatum Prosperity Index, published today, ranks 104 countries (covering 90% of the world's population), based on a definition of prosperity that combines economic growth together with measures of happiness and quality of life. Six of the top 10 countries in the 2009 Prosperity Index are located in Europe: Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands.
"The Legatum Prosperity Index is the world's only global assessment of wealth and wellbeing. Once again, we see that Europe represents the highest concentration of the world's most prosperous nations, thanks to an impressive blend of economic progress and good quality of life," said Dr. William Inboden, Senior Vice President of the Legatum Institute. "But behind the positive headlines," continued Dr. Inboden, "the main centres of European population and economic growth are showing signs of potential weakness in important areas such as domestic security and governance. The Legatum Prosperity Index shows that Europe's future prosperity will be assured by balancing economic progress and wellbeing, through pro-growth policies, strong social networks, strong public safety, and innovative and entrepreneurial citizens."
Comparing European nations to the US, ranked 9th, the Index finds that the United Kingdom (11th), Germany (14th), and France (17th) all trail the U.S. in both economic measures as well as key quality of life measures. The U.S. outranks each of them on safety and security measures, which is somewhat surprising given public perceptions on the issue. The U.K. lags behind the U.S. in education and personal freedom, Germany in economic fundamentals and the impact of its government on economic growth, and France on social capital. All three countries turn in comparatively high ranks on entrepreneurship and innovation; with the U.K. ranking 2nd globally behind the U.S. Finland is ranked first on the collective measures of wellbeing.
To see the The 2011 Legatum Prosperity Index Table Rankings
Download the 2011 Rankings www.prosperity.com/downloads/2011Prosper...dexRankingsTable.pdf
Downlad the 2009-20111 Data www.prosperity.com/downloads/2009-2011_P...es_and_rankings.xlsx
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