2016 Legatum Prosperity Index (10th edition)


As a measurement of prosperity, the Legatum Prosperity Index™ is unique. It gives a far truer picture of the life chances for the world’s population, and the performance of nations, than any Index of GDP alone could hope to. True prosperity is as much about wellbeing as wealth and New Zealand, which tops the Index, is a model for delivering both.

The Legatum Prosperity Index™ ranks nations over nine areas of potential success or failure: Economic Quality, Business Environment, Governance, Education, Health, Safety and Security, Personal Freedom, Social Capital and the Natural Environment.

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