Legatum Prosperity Index
The Legatum Prosperity Index is an annual ranking developed by the Legatum Institute
LEGATUM is a privately owned, international investment organisation, headquartered in Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates. Legatum's mission is to find ways to generate and allocate the capital and ideas that help people live more prosperous lives....

 of 110 countries. The ranking is based according to a variety of factors including wealth, economic growth, personal wellbeing, and quality of life. Norway
Norway , officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic unitary constitutional monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Jan Mayen, and the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard and Bouvet Island. Norway has a total area of and a population of about 4.9 million...

 topped the lists of the the last two reports, those of 2010 and 2011.


The 2010 Legatum Prosperity Index is based on 89 different variables analysed across 110 nations around the world. Source data includes Gallup World Poll, WTO, World Development Indicators
World Development Indicators
The World Development Indicators is the primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates. This...

, GDP, World Intellectual Property Organization
World Intellectual Property Organization
The World Intellectual Property Organization is one of the 17 specialized agencies of the United Nations. WIPO was created in 1967 "to encourage creative activity, to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world"....

, UN Human Development Report
Human Development Report
The Human Development Report is an annual milestone publication by the Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme .-History:...

, World Bank
World Bank
The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programmes.The World Bank's official goal is the reduction of poverty...

, OECD, World Values Survey
World Values Survey
The World Values Survey is a global research project that explores people’s values and beliefs, how they change over time and what social and political impact they have. It is carried out by a worldwide network of social scientists who, since 1981, have conducted representative national surveys in...

. The 89 variables are grouped into 8 sub-indexes which are averaged using equal weights. The 8 sub-indexes are:
  • Economy
  • Entrepreneurship & Opportunity
  • Governance
  • Education
  • Health
  • Safety & Security
  • Personal Freedom
  • Social Capital

For example, Personal Freedom includes freedom of speech and religion, national tolerance for immigrants and ethnic and racial minorities. The Social Capital sub-index includes the percentage of citizens who volunteer, give to charity, help strangers, and who feel they can rely on family and friends.

Oxford Analytica
Oxford Analytica
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 is Legatum's research partner for the Prosperity Index and contributed the methodology and analysis.
Detailed information about the 2010 Legatum Prosperity Index, the rankings and methodology are available at www.prosperity.com.

2011 Rankings

2011 Rankings

Top 30
1.  Norway 6.  Canada 11.  Republic of Ireland 16.  Singapore 21.  Japan 26.  Czech Republic
2.  Denmark 7.  Finland 12.  Iceland 17.  Belgium 22.  Slovenia 27.  United Arab Emirates
3.  Australia 8.  Switzerland 13.  United Kingdom 18.  Early Modern France 23.  Spain 28.  Poland
4.  New Zealand 9.  Netherlands 14.  Austria 19.  Hong Kong 24.  South Korea 29.  Uruguay
5.  Sweden 10.  United States 15.  Germany 20.  Republic of China 25.  Portugal 30.  Italy

Bottom 20
91.  India 96.  Tanzania 101.  Zambia 106.  Yemen
92.  Senegal 97.  Iran 102.  Kenya 107.  Pakistan
93.  Nepal 98.  Rwanda 103.  Mozambique 108.  Ethiopia
94.  Cambodia 99.  Cameroon 104.  Nigeria 109.  Zimbabwe
95.  Bangladesh 100.  Uganda 105.  Sudan 110.  Central African Republic

2009 Rankings

Top 30
1.  Finland 6.  Australia 11.  Republic of Ireland 16.  Japan 21.  Italy 26.  South Korea
2.  Switzerland 7.  Canada 12.  United Kingdom 17.  Early Modern France 22.  Portugal 27.  Israel
3.  Sweden 8.  Netherlands 13.  Belgium 18.  Hong Kong 23.  Singapore 28.  Hungary
4.  Denmark 9.  United States 14.  Germany 19.  Spain 24.  Republic of China 29.  Poland
5.  Norway 10.  New Zealand 15.  Austria 20.  Slovenia 25.  Czech Republic 30.  Greece

Bottom 20
85.  Belarus 90.  Nepal 95.  Kenya 100.  Cameroon
86.  Lebanon 91.  Mozambique 96.  Algeria 101.  Central African Republic
87.  Bangladesh 92.  Uzbekistan 97.  Tanzania 101.  Yemen
88.  Egypt 93.  Cambodia 98.  Nigeria 103.  Sudan
89.  Zambia 94.  Iran 99.  Pakistan 104.  Zimbabwe

2008 Rankings

Top 30
1.  Australia 6.  United States 11.  Netherlands 16.  Belgium 21.  Republic of China 26.  South Korea
2.  Austria 7.  Switzerland 12.  Sweden 17.  Canada 22.  Spain 27.  Chile
3.  Finland 8.  Hong Kong 13.  Japan 18.  United Kingdom 23.  Slovenia 28.  United Arab Emirates
4.  Germany 9.  Denmark 14.  Norway 19.  Israel 24.  Czech Republic 29.  Malaysia
5.  Singapore 10.  New Zealand 15.  Early Modern France 20.  Republic of Ireland 25.  Italy 30.  Kuwait

Bottom 20
85.  Pakistan 90.  Bolivia 95.  Nigeria 100.  Tanzania
86.  Ghana 91.  Cambodia 96.  Mozambique 101.  Central African Republic
87.  Nicaragua 92.  Senegal 97.  Kenya 102.  Mali
88.  Ecuador 93.  Cameroon 98.  Nepal 103.  Zambia
89.  Bangladesh 94.  Sudan 99.  Zimbabwe 104.  Yemen

Legatum Institute

The Legatum Institute, the publisher of the index, is a privately-funded think-tank founded in 2007 and located in Mayfair
Mayfair is an area of central London, within the City of Westminster.-History:Mayfair is named after the annual fortnight-long May Fair that took place on the site that is Shepherd Market today...

, London
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. It is funded by the Legatum Group, which includes Legatum Capital, a portfolio investment fund manager; Legatum Ventures a double bottom line
Double bottom line
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 investment fund, the Legatum Foundation, a philanthropic organisation; and the Legatum Center for Development And Entrepreneurship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a collaboration with MIT that funds graduate student entrepreneurs from developing markets.


The Prosperity Index is reviewed and critiqued (although not necessarily endorsed in toto) by an advisory panel of academics and scholars representing a range of disciplines and includes:
Dr. Terry Babcock-Lumish (University of Oxford
University of Oxford
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); Dr. Daniel Drezner
Daniel Drezner
Daniel W. Drezner is currently a professor of international politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, the author of several books, the author of many Op-Ed pieces in major publications, a blogger, and a commentator.In 2005, he was denied tenure by the University of...

 (Tufts University
Tufts University
Tufts University is a private research university located in Medford/Somerville, near Boston, Massachusetts. It is organized into ten schools, including two undergraduate programs and eight graduate divisions, on four campuses in Massachusetts and on the eastern border of France...

); Dr. Peter Feaver (Duke University
Duke University
Duke University is a private research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco industrialist James B...

); Dr. Carol Graham (Brookings Institution
Brookings Institution
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C., in the United States. One of Washington's oldest think tanks, Brookings conducts research and education in the social sciences, primarily in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, and...

); Dr. Robert Jensen (University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Los Angeles
The University of California, Los Angeles is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, USA. It was founded in 1919 as the "Southern Branch" of the University of California and is the second oldest of the ten campuses...

); Dr. Stephen Krasner (Stanford University
Stanford University
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); Dr. Michael Kremer
Michael Kremer
Michael Robert Kremer is a development economist and is currently the Gates Professor of Developing Societies at Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Presidential Faculty Fellowship, and was named a Young Global...

 (Harvard University
Harvard University
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); Dr. Philip Levy (American Enterprise Institute
American Enterprise Institute
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); Dr. Edmund Malesky (University of California, San Diego
University of California, San Diego
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); Dr. Ann Owen (Hamilton College); Dr. Robert Putnam
Robert Putnam
Robert David Putnam is a political scientist and professor of public policy at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is also visiting professor and director of the Manchester Graduate Summer Programme in Social Change, University of Manchester...

 (Harvard University
Harvard University
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); Dr. Allan Stam (University of Michigan
University of Michigan
The University of Michigan is a public research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the United States. It is the state's oldest university and the flagship campus of the University of Michigan...


One of the main authors of the 2007 report, Will Inboden, was a senior white-house official in the administration of George W. Bush
George W. Bush
George Walker Bush is an American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States, from 2001 to 2009. Before that, he was the 46th Governor of Texas, having served from 1995 to 2000....

. Ryan Streeter
Ryan Streeter
Ryan Streeter is currently Editor of ConservativeHomeUSA, the U.S. edition of the British political site of the same name. He is also a Nonresident Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Sagamore Institute, a Nonresident Scholar at the Institute...

, a senior fellow at the institute, was the director of HUD's Center for Faith Based and Community Initiatives in the same administration.

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