27.01.2011

Finland ranks third in prosperity index

The most prosperous nations in the world also have happy, healthy and free citizens.

Finland has again ranked third on an international scale of prosperity, rating among the best in the world for its education system and for safety and security. Finland also scored highly for its promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship. The study carried out annually by Britain’s Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank, assesses wealth and wellbeing.

It ranks 110 countries according to criteria such as economy, entrepreneurship and opportunities, governance, quality of education, safety, personal freedom and social capital.

The Index defines prosperity as both wealth and wellbeing, and finds that the most prosperous nations in the world are not necessarily those that have only a high GDP, but are those that also have happy, healthy and free citizens.

Norway and Denmark topped the list with Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Canada, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United States also in the top ten. The five least prosperous countries are Zimbabwe, Pakistan, the Central African Republic, Ethiopia and Nigeria.


www.prosperity.com


Source: Good news from Finland