The Legatum Institute, a think-tank based in London just released its annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks the most prosperous countries in the world. The index looks at the 142 countries in the world which have the most available data.
You probably think that prosperity is just another word for financial success, but the Legatum Institute think differently.
The amount of money a country has is obviously a big factor in its prosperity but there is a lot more to it than that.
As a result the Legatum Institute compares 89 different variables. These variables range from traditional indicators like GDP per capita and the number of people in full-time work, to more interesting figures such as the number of secure internet servers a country has and how well rested people feel on a day-to-day basis.
The variables are then split into eight sub-indices. These are: Economy, Entrepreneurship & Opportunity, Governance, Education, Health, Safety & Security, Personal Freedom, Social Capital
Once everything has been calculated, the full index is created, and these are the results. -- Business Insider