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The Legatum Prosperity Index™ is a tool for transformation, offering a unique insight into how prosperity is forming and changing across the world.

The new Legatum Prosperity Index, based on data from 167 countries — with 99.4 percent of the world’s population — on 300 social and economic indicators of well-being. Across those dimensions, from 2009 to 2019, 148 of the 167 countries have seen net progress — much of it dramatic, and especially so among the poorest countries in the world.



2017 Legatum Prosperity Index


The Prosperity Index tells us that the story of human progress goes

beyond economics. It tells us that for nations to flourish they must provide

opportunities and freedom to their citizens. It shows how access to quality

healthcare and education provide the foundations on which nations can grow.

It proves that effective and transparent government empowers citizens to

take control of their lives. And it shows that protection from violence and

oppression, as well as strong social bonds, are crucial to a thriving society.


The annual Legatum Prosperity Index™ ranks 142 countries across eight categories: the Economy, Entrepreneurship & Opportunity; Governance; Education; Health; Safety & Security; Personal Freedom; and Social Capital.


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