2012 Legatum Prosperity Index

(CC) afromusing/FlickrLegatum Institute has just published the 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index. The PI benchmarks countries in eight categories: Economy; Education; Entrepreneurship & Opportunity; Governance; Health; Personal Freedom; Safety & Security; and Social Capital.

These are the key findings of the index:

-US drops out of global prosperity ‘top ten’ for the first time, and falls eight places in ‘Entrepreneurship & Opportunity’ sub-index.

-Fewer US citizens agree that working hard results in success.

-Asian ‘Tiger Cub’ countries climbing Index rankings quickly.

-European Economy score drops as Euro crisis continues.

-Scandinavian countries lead worldwide prosperity rankings.

-Legatum Prosperity Index redraws world map, grouping new continents together according to shared attributes between nations.

The new edition of the index also includes 32 new entrants, bringing the total number of countries to 142 and extending the Prosperity Index coverage to 96% of the world’s population and 99% of global GDP.

To see the overall rankings, sub-index scores and to compare countries and years, please visit: www.prosperity.com