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Norway Revealed as the Most Prosperous Country in the World


Norway Revealed as the Most Prosperous Country in the World

Press Releases

Norway is the most prosperous country in the world, closely followed by Switzerland and New Zealand, according to an international Index published by the Legatum Institute.

Recent Press Releases

Botswana Tops the 2014 Africa Prosperity Report, as the Continent Enjoys Unprecedented Economic Upturn—But Faces New Challenges in Gender Gap and Personal Freedom

Thursday, 11 December 2014

LONDON—The 2014 Africa Prosperity Report, launched today, named Botswana the most prosperous country in Africa overall for the third year in a row.

Rwanda’s Press Freedom

Friday, 14 November 2014

LONDON—Rwanda's recent decision to ban the BBC from transmitting inside the country has re-opened the debate on the boundaries of free speech in the country.

English Votes for English Laws is “Incoherent” and Encourages Separatism, says Vernon Bogdanor

Monday, 10 November 2014

LONDON—Royal Commission needed to explore constitutional reform that will bring the United Kingdom closer together.

Africa Prosperity Report Reveals an Increase in Economic Growth which is Still Not Translating to Shared Prosperity

Friday, 7 November 2014

KIGALI, RWANDA—The Africa Prosperity Report launched today in Kigali at the annual African Leadership Network conference confirms great successes across the continent in terms of Economy and Entrepreneurship & Opportunity.

Sierra Leone Comes Bottom of the Legatum Institute’s World Rankings on Health

Monday, 3 November 2014

2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™ reveals that West Africa is the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak because of weak health infrastructure and poor governance.

New Zealand in Global Top Three for Prosperity

Monday, 3 November 2014

2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™ reveals that New Zealand is the third most prosperous country in the world, ahead of Australia.

Norway Revealed as the Most Prosperous Country in the World

Monday, 3 November 2014

Norway is the most prosperous country in the world, closely followed by Switzerland and New Zealand, according to an international Index published by the Legatum Institute.

UK Revealed as Most Prosperous of All Major EU Countries

Monday, 3 November 2014

The United Kingdom is today revealed as the most prosperous of all the major EU countries in an international study published by the Legatum Institute.

United States is No Longer Perceived to Be ‘the land of the free’

Monday, 3 November 2014

2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™ reveals US public feel they have less ‘personal freedom’ than in 2011, while Norway is the most prosperous country in the world while the Central African Republic finishes bottom of the rankings.

Countering Russian Propaganda—A New Legatum Institute Initiative

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

LONDON—Vladimir Putin's Russia does not just dominate the media landscape at home—it is also making propaganda inroads in the West. Countering Russian disinformation is the subject of a conference this week at the Legatum Institute, a London-based think-tank. ‘The Menace of Unreality: Combatting Russian Disinformation in the 21st Century’, held in association with the Washington DC-based Atlantic Council, will be attended by high-level government, academic and media figures on 30 October.

Where is Ebola Going—and Why

Friday, 17 October 2014

LONDON—The 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™ places Sierra Leone, the country worst effected by the Ebola outbreak, at the bottom (142nd) of 142 countries in terms of health. On indicators such as health spending and hospital beds per person, public health statistics in Sierra Leone are dismal.

Mount Pleasant: A Better Alternative

Friday, 26 September 2014

New proposal to turn old Royal Mail site into terraced housing backed by local residents.

Boris Johnson On London’s Athenian Legacy—And Why It Is Under Threat

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

LONDON—Boris Johnson says London boasts the same political culture of freedom, tolerance, and intellectual experimentation enjoyed in 5th century Athens. But the capital city’s mayor urges Londoners and Britons to guard against “illiberal democracy” which threatens these Athenian virtues.

Looting Ukraine: How East and West Teamed up to Steal a Country

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

LONDON—Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is making headway in the attempt to restore constitutional rule in the country’s east. But Russian expansionism is only part of the problem: endemic corruption risks turning Ukraine into a failed state—and the West is helping.

Slavery and Abolition: Then and Now

Monday, 7 July 2014

LONDON—The Coalition Government wants to lead a global campaign to tackle modern slavery. Its proposed Modern Slavery Bill receives its second reading on 8 July 2014.

The Legatum Institute Appoints Sian Hansen As Executive Director

Monday, 16 June 2014

LONDON—The Legatum Institute Foundation is delighted to announce its appointment of Sian Hansen as Executive Director with immediate effect. As Executive Director, Hansen will have responsibility for all of the Institute’s programmes and operations.

The Legatum Institute Appoints Cristina Odone As Communications Director

Sunday, 1 June 2014

LONDON—The commentator and broadcaster Cristina Odone today joins the Legatum Institute Foundation (“Legatum Institute”), the global public-policy think-tank, as Director of Communications.

Democracy Works! The Case From India, Brazil and South Africa

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

There is a "Democratic Alternative from the South" according to a two-year research project conducted by the Centre for Development and Enterprise in South Africa (CDE) and the Legatum Institute in London. Along with contributions from two partner think tanks in India and Brazil, their findings refute the argument that democracy is a hindrance to faster economic growth and inclusion of the poor.

Report Calls for Wellbeing to Be At the Heart of Public Policy Design

Thursday, 20 March 2014

An independent commission chaired by Gus O’Donnell proposes a radical reform of public policy-making, targeted at “wellbeing”, or life satisfaction, not simply economic growth.

Legatum Institute Appoints Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies

Monday, 27 January 2014

LONDON—27 January 2014: London-based public policy think tank the Legatum Institute (LI) has appointed a Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies.


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