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.

2015 Headline Findings

  • Norway comes out on top due the freedom it offers its citizens, the quality of its healthcare system and social bonds between its people.
  • Switzerland is ranked 2nd in the Index for the third year in a row while Denmark has risen from 4th to 3rd compared to last year.

With seven years of comparable data the Prosperity Index is able to track national progress.

  • Indonesia has performed better than any country in the world over the past seven years, rising 21 places up the rankings to 69th this year.
  • Another strong performer since 2009 is Rwanda that has risen 17 places up the Prosperity Index and now ranks 101st.
  • At the other end of the scale the poorest performers have been Syria (down 23 places), Tunisia (down 28 places) and Venezuela (down 16 places).

To view the full rankings and explore the data, visit


  • Launch of the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index™ with Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Monday, 2 November (Details)
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