The world's most prosperous nations 2011
The Legatum Institute reveals its annual index of global prosperity. See where the UK ranks.
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A new survey has ranked Norway as the most prosperous nation on earth, with the UK lagging in 13th place.
The 2011 Legatum Prosperity Index ranks nations on aspects such as the strength of the economy, education, personal freedom, governance and safety and security.
Norway has now topped the survey for four years running, followed by Denmark in second. Australia has jumped one spot to third on the list, followed by New Zealand in fourth and Sweden in fifth.
Here's the full top 10:
4) New Zealand
9) The Netherlands
UK economy weakens score
Given the parlous state of our finances, it's perhaps unsurprising that the UK scored lowly in the economic category, ranking 21st overall. It also ranked relatively low in safety and security (23rd) and education (19th).
The nation did, however, rank highly for entrepreneurship and opportunity (4th) and governance (8th).
Elsewhere, Ireland was ranked 11th on the list, scoring strongly in safety and security (3rd) and personal freedom (9th).
Overall, the nation that scored lowest was the Central African Republic, with Zimbabwe second last and Ethiopia one place higher.
Why the index was constructed
The Prosperity Index was created by thinktank the Legatum Institute and aims to assess a nation's prosperity based on both income and wellbeing.
"Our purpose is to promote a holistic understanding of national prosperity by providing a framework for its measurement that will be useful to policymakers, scholars, and the globally curious," Legatum said.
"Traditional measures of national prosperity are based entirely on indicators of a country's income, yet most human beings understand intuitively that 'prosperity' is not just about money, it is also about satisfaction with our lives and our future prospects."
righ to be honest - i couldnt give a crap if scottland stayed with the UK or not - i have nothing against the scotts - although it p****s me off how cynical a lot of them are towards britain as a nation and more so the english. Yeh parliament is held in london and yeh there are a lot of british M.P's but socttish MP's still have a say in england where as english MP s dont have a say in scottland as someone said earlier - and as for scottland paying more in and getting less out - you have free health care - free university tuition so stop complaining - you can be as patriotic as you like, but dont diss a nation thats supported you for centuries - i didnt see scotland complaining when the uk had an excellent economy - now that stuff has gone sour your all moaning like spoilt kids. and as for the war in afghanistan - believe it or not there are scottish troups there too - whys that then ? because they are british troups
dont get me wrong i dont agree with the afghan war either - but thats not the english fualt - we dont want just as much as you guys - but its the BRITISH government that made that decision and yeh the guy was english he sent our army into the war but scottish people still voted for him too so give up the william wallace bull and stop moaning its getting really tedious and repettative, BRITISH AND PROUD
The ignorant and hate filled bile that the likes of Salmond spew has nothing to do with any of this. Scotland and England are, give or take a few colourful differences, one and the same - and both currently in the crap because of our "esteemed" politicians (current AND previous). Many of the policiies that have got us where we are date back 20 years, or more, but they've only been compounded by the fools that have "led" us in between. Time for some sweeping changes I think.
I completely agree with justice prevails 130. I cannot understand how usa managed to make the top 10, bearing in mind usa recently lost it's triple A rating. Indeed, the only way in which usa managed to attain and maintain it's triple A rating in the first place was by political subterfuge and military force in foreign lands (ie - the middle east). It is a well known fact that many generations of american presidents have offered diplomatic and political immunity to the saudi family in return for cheap crude oil and easy, lifetime access for american oil companies to set up shop in the middle east, hassle free. Did I also mention, the yanks gave printing press to the saudi family (which fyi, prints american dollar bills)?.
So in a nutshell, the only reason usa was rich is because they were living off the riches of other lands. In fact, the only business that usa exports is the illegal/criminal military invasion of sovereign countries, murdering the indigenous population and stealing all of the natural resources. Beyond that, the fat yanks have nothing.
BTW. Keith Bradbrook, you are completely wrong. The only reason the UK has rated so low is not because we give foreign aid to other countries (Israel being the exception as the UK has been donating circa £12 billion per annum for the last couple of decades).
Indeed, the only reason the UK is now facing bankruptcy is because we have tried to keep up with the fat yanks and their war machine (afterall, british pm’s are world renowned fluffers for the fat yanks). Corrupt british pm’s (tony bliar ranking first and foremost) have been redirecting public spending to fund the military for the last 15 years. Only 1 year ago, the slimy weasel david cameron authorised the construction of nuclear submarines and airplane carriers. Subsequently, he increased naval military investment by an extra £600 million (to a total of £4.6 billion per annum), whilst at the same time butchering government funding to the NHS, education system, business/manufacturing sector , etc.
The only reason we are in such a financial mess is because of corrupt politicians.
On a final note, I seriously doubt the legitimacy of any survey that ranks the fat yanks as one of the top ten most prosperous nations. I can guarantee that the Legatum Prosperity Index is funded with American dollars.
Mr. Jogga Singh Teidy says...
The poll on the left shows, UK folks are trying to MAKE ENDS MEET, so not true measure of prosperity...
I looked at this my initial thoughts were, hey let's see where and let's got going!
Never heard of this report guys, and looks it wasn't worth knowing the report either, too sickening to read through it all, knowing first hand the following:
1. The lack of JUSTICE AND CRIMINALITY OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM, IF INJUSTICE IS WHAT CRIMINALITY IS, I SPEAK OF OUR UK!
The sense and insensibility of the many elected in construction of laws and the criminal law judges is responsible for this, legally as well!
So what SECURITY FOR THE DOMESTIC POPULATION?!
2. The America's and Europe IS BANKRUPT, SO WHERE IS THE PROSPERITY?!
The masses are always poor, the few 10% hold the wealth and power and dictate the laws to favour them on and in economics?
The masses historically called the working class have been so called, because THEY WORK TO CREATE THE WEALTH and are not given back enough to become like the others who are ALSO THE WORKING CLASS, WORKING TO WORK OTHERS INTO ILL HEALTH AND POVERTY!
We are ALL WORKING CLASS if we have a job to do that pays us!
Own up any idiot who thinks he/she is not a working class?
Even our Royals were working class, having achieved so much, the can now live like Royalty, and ARE STILL DOING A JOB OF WORK, BUT OF THEIR CHOICE, AND ARE WORKING CLASS.
Even God send Jesus was WORKING CLASS AND CONTINUED TO ACKNOWLEDGE HIMSELF AS SUCH!
KRISHNA AS GOD INCARNATE WAS WORKING COWHERD AND STATES HIMSELF OF SAME VIEW AS JESUS.
ANY HISTORIAN OR SOCIOLOGIST OR RELIGIONIST WANT TO CONTEST THIS?
THE DAYS OF INQUISITIONS ARE OVER, NOW IT IS THE TURN OF THE ORDINARY EDUCATED TO CRUSH THE CRETINIOUS THINKING OF THE SO CALLED LEARNED THINKER...OR IS THAT TINKERS? NO DISRESPECT TO TINKERS...I TINKER MYSELF AS WELL AS THINKER...
Curiously, I don't have any yearning to move to Norway.
The UK is great.
Hugh these politicians u talk about were part of an english labour party run in london and the reason these politicians get blamed is because they are scottish and the english people love 2 blame it on the scottish 1 it was TONY BLAIR 2 BLAME FOR PROBLEMS left by the english party Brown was the scottish man thrown 2 the lions 2 take the blame.
ALSO how many billions is being pumped in 2 this war in Afghan every year which could be used 2 help build abetter country Russia had a ten year war in Afghan outcome Russia was made bankrupt and it was the end of there world power. They had 2 go begging 2 the USA for money 2 recover so why is it going 2 be any diff outcome for us!!!!!
SCOTLAND INDEPENDENCE NOW , when our oil-gas runs out we will be the front runner in echo friendly power ie wave and wind which the north sea will never run out of so let england build there nuclear power plants because its the only way they will keep up with us scots LOL.
oh look I see that there are a lot of whiners on this complaining about the Union.
Listen to this and this is from a Scot who knows his BRITISH HISTORY
1. The English Crown upon Elizabeth I death was automatically bestowed upon James VI & I due to the fact that they were related. This originally united the crowns of the two Kingdoms but not the parliaments until the Act of Union 1707 where parliament rule was based only in London
2. Currently all MPs are members of the UK Parliament as it is the Sovereign Parliament which members can make up Her Majesty's Government. Also England has a number of Regional Assemblies which are effective the parliament to the locale such as the Cornish Assembly or the London Assembly where they are similar to the Devolved Adminstrations.
3. North Sea Oil is not within any Territorial Waters of either the British or Norwegian Crowns. There is an International Treaty signed by Norway, UK, Denmark and Sweden of using the North Sea to mine for Oil Reserves.
4. If you look at historical Scotland it is made up of three distinct Kingdoms which were the Gaelic Kingdom of Dal Riata, the Pictish Kingdom of Pictland and the British Kingdoms of Strathclyde and Northumbria. This gives the hint as to why there are 2 Berwicks.
SHUT UP ABOUT NATIONALISM BECAUSE THERE IS NO SUCH THING IN THE UK. I HATE PEOPLE WHO THINK ONE NATION IS BETTER THAN THE OTHER.
PLUS WE SHOULD LOOK AT OURSELVES AND REALISE WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER NOT APART LIKE WHAT IDIOTS SUCH AS JOHN RAYMOND AND SOMEONE (GIBS)
The media seems to portray the scots as a nation of moaners and whingers. I say let them have their independence - don't care as long as they pay their own way! Fed up with them biting the hand (other UK tay payers) that feeds them anyway!
The author forgot to mention that it costs about £5 for a loaf of bread in Norway, Denmark and Australia. Minimum wage is about $20 in Australia and it cost $3 for 1 banana and about $15 for a bunch of grapes.
And what happens in Norway when the oil runs out ?
Oh . . and Canada and Australia have slightly higher murder rates than the UK . . so as for personal 'safety and security' . . I suppose the biggest test of that is 'wether or not your going to get murdered or not' isn't it ? ?
You need to present all the relevant facts when compiling these lists.
oh dear, a little pointless list brings a lot of hate to the fore, behave everybody, our countries are united whether we like it or not, from a scottish point of view...our independence will mean nothing in the long run as the tax man will always rule over all the sterling economy.
We should not be giving aid to Israel as they keep the Palestinians prisoners in their own homeland and make sure most of them remain an underclass. Plus we will save billiions of pounds - it's outrageous we are even giving them any money - for what - to build more illegal settlements and persecute the Palestinians more!
Scotand should get Independence, although strangely, if I am correct their own are very divided about giving up being part of the UK! It is also an outrage that their MP's can vote in Parliament but not vice versa.
We can't get out of the mess because all the political parties are the same, and will do similar things. Without an overall haul of the political system not just in the UK but the world, recessions will always be a part of the 'process'.
The Scottish Independence movement has nothing to do with being anti-English or anti-UK for that matter. It is based on the concept of nationhood and that Scotland is a country in its own right. It is quite normal that a country which has its own identity would wish to govern itself.
The comparisons with Norway simply show that from an economic standpoint independence is not only possible but desireable. It is also interesting to note that of the top 5 countries all but one have a population similar to that of Scotland in size, and all are governed as fully independent states.
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