Estonia up one place in global prosperity index ({{commentsTotal}})

The 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index, which offers an assessment of wealth and well-being in 142 countries, ranks Estonia 31st, back at its best since 2009.

The prosperity index ranks countries according to their performance in eight fields: economy, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, education, personal freedom, health, safety and security, and social capital.

Like in previous years, Estonia stands out for governance, entrepreneurship and opportunity, and social capital scores (23rd, 26th and 30th places). Estonia is doing worst in personal freedom, but has risen from 70th to 61st in this category. The personal freedom category includes variables like freedom of speech and religion, as well as tolerance of other races and minorities.

Norway has topped the index since 2009, with Switzerland holding onto second place. New Zealand overtook Denmark for third place and Sweden finishes off the top 5 most prosperous countries.

On the bottom of the list are Burundi, Chad, Haiti, Afghanistan and the Central African Republic.

“Sadly this year the Prosperity Index reveals that the world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place,” Nathan Gamester, Director of the Prosperity Index at the Legatum Institute, summarized this year's findings.

Editor: M. Oll

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