The richest, healthiest, happiest, and most advanced country in the world

This is likely to be ignored by the doom and gloom merchants.

The London based Legatum Institute has released its 10th annual global Prosperity Index.

From the Independent: The 25 richest, healthiest, happiest, and most advanced countries in the world

The organisation compared 104 variables to come up with its list. These variables include traditional indicators like per-capita gross domestic product and the number of people in full-time work, but also more interesting figures such as the number of secure internet servers a country has, and how well-rested people feel on a day-to-day basis.

The variables are then split into nine subindexes: economic quality, business environment, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom, social capital, and natural environment.

They are listed from 25 to 1 but here are the top 6.

6. Australia — Famous for its laid-back lifestyle and good weather, it is no wonder Australia came second overall in the social capital sub-index, helping it climb one place overall from 7th in 2015.

5. Canada — America’s neighbour to the north is substantially more prosperous according to the Legatum Institute, finishing 3rd for social capital and business environment, and 2nd for personal freedom.

4. Switzerland — Switzerland frequently features at the top of lists like the Prosperity Index, thanks to fantastic education (1st overall), and great healthcare. It was 3rd in the health sub-index.

3. Finland — Finns may not class themselves as Scandinavian, but they can’t deny being a seriously prosperous northern European state. Finland has the best governance in the world, according to the Legatum Institute.

2. Norway — For seven consecutive years Norway had been ranked as the most prosperous country on earth by the Legatum Institute, but this year it loses its crown, with a highest ranking of 3rd in the governance sub-index.

1. New Zealand — Officially the most prosperous country on earth, according to the Legatum Institute, New Zealand ranked top of both the social capital and economic quality sub-indexes, and 2nd for business environment and governance.

We face some difficult issues and problems, and some people have it tough, but relative to the rest of the world, and regardless of Legatum’s ranking, New Zealand is a pretty damn good country to live in.

23 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  May 3, 2017

    Beautiful stuff…what happened to the Nordic countries that’d have aced this list in times past? Where’s Sweden? Where’s socialism. Over to you Parti and Blazer. Tell us how John Key paid Obama to rig these results before leaving office.

    In future, look for Nordic countries to slip out of the top 10 as they fund Muslims to take over their country.

    Its not for nothing I call this country our beautiful sanctuary. Lets keep it that way.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 3, 2017

      I saw a primary school or kindergarten class in town today, all holding hands, all in hi-viz vests far too big for them, which looks sweet and funny. They were all colours, all happily walking along together. These are the future of NZ. I see mixed pairs and groups of people together-the way of the future, I hope-and I don’t grudge other people coming here to share what I am lucky enough to have.

      • Corky

         /  May 3, 2017

        Then you are a fool. All children get on…until their parents indoctrinate them.

        • Anonymous Coward

           /  May 3, 2017

          Children REBEL against parents.

          • Corky

             /  May 3, 2017

            That they do. But has the damage done before they rebel? In my life experience I have found young European women the most liberal of all. Once they hit middle age they revert to be some of the most bigoted people around.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 4, 2017

          I am not a fool. You have no reason for saying that all parents indoctrinate their children-I suppose that means in racism.You may have done so. I would think that if any indoctrination was in the offing, it would already be happening and Child X would be refusing to hold hands with Child Y.Two little Chinese girls were holding each other’s hands, but as they were identical twins, one would expect this.

    • Blazer

       /  May 3, 2017

      Obama has nothing to do with it……’Legatum Limited, also known as Legatum, is a private investment firm headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With a long-term perspective, Legatum invests proprietary capital in global capital markets’….this is the source.They are very happy with the sale of NZ assets to allcomers.

      • Corky

         /  May 3, 2017

        Tell it to Gezza, Blazer.Pete sums it up well in the final paragraph of his article. Grizzly negative people like you will never be happy. If I had my way you would be on a one way flight to Sweden for a reality check.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  May 3, 2017

          Wait a couple of months, Corky, then send him to look down the barrel of ten months of winter in a country complaining about global warming.

        • Blazer

           /  May 3, 2017

          yes Petes assessment I agree with.-‘regardless of Legatum’s ranking’…for many in NZ regarding…’on the cusp of..something special’,and ‘a brighter future’…they are still…..waiting for the…wonder.

      • I see a pattern here, where a paranoid vision of NZ and the positivity emanating in virtually every industry is preferred. One cannot dismiss the constant flurry of reports of our success.just because the life one leads and the glasses through which one views society is no match for that reality.

  2. Nelly Smickers

     /  May 3, 2017

    YUP – Wayne sez *exactly the same* as you Corks, “We don’t know how lucky we are in this country ….let’s hope it stays that way”.

    He actually became quite concerned when someone tweeted this to him the other day…..

    😡

    • Corky

       /  May 3, 2017

      Don’t let Wayno buy a Yoga book…otherwise your Chiropractor bill will be enormous.

    • Gezza

       /  May 3, 2017

      I don’t blame him. The two dots should be over the s, not the e, and there’s no representation of bird signalling a full stop.

  3. Bob

     /  May 3, 2017

    Whingers love to whinge.

    Reminds me of something a South African friend of mine said once – ‘the biggest problem NZ has is that there is nothing that wrong, the whingers should cheer up, there are many places and people worse off in the world’

  4. Oliver

     /  May 3, 2017

    We also rank high on inequality and unaffordable housing. Well done National party.

    • Corky

       /  May 4, 2017

      Go live in the Sudan…we don’t need you.

      • Do put your sensitive hat on Corkers and imagine what it must be like for those poor sods who inhabit such a mean-spirited and vapid world.

  5. Aotearoa New Zealand is the best country on earth to live in … even regardless of prosperity indexes and all this Legatum “innovation, business excellence, and profitability” neoliberal indoctrination claptrap …

    … Which doesn’t mean Aotearoa NZ can’t be improved and get even better still!

    In the bad old ‘socialist’ days I guess there were labour, workplace and especially union organisations which ‘propped up’ the system’s ideological orthodoxy?

    Nowadays it’s an absolute proliferation of ‘Institutes’, think-tanks and privatised, self-appointed policy advisors buttressing the flawed system of ‘global free-market economy’, creating endless “good news” publicity, positive public-relations profiles and using implicit and explicit ‘systems’ indoctrination, especially confirmation bias … sometimes government funded …

    … in other words: LOBBY GROUPS!

  6. Blazer

     /  May 4, 2017

    heres another one for Corky and co…to lap up…

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11850100