The world has 196 countries (that is if you include Taiwan, some would argue there are actually 195). All of them vie for power, wealth, and prosperity in some way form or fashion (but then again, who isn’t right)? The question on the table however is, who has done a better job at obtaining these goals? In other words, out of the 196/195 countries in this world, which are the most prosperous? If you are curious to find out, we have good news for you because today we shall answer this question. Using the Prosperity Index released by Legatum Institute which assess countries based on several indicators including economy, health care, and education; these are the 25 most prosperous countries in the world.
Here’s another question for you. Are the most prosperous countries in the world also the best countries to live in? Compare this list to our 25 Best Countries To Live In According To The Human Development Index list and find out. The results may just shock you.
Known for its rich history, Italy has the 8th largest economy in the world and is one of the founding members of the European Union.
A formidably resilient country located in Central Europe, Czech Republic has rebounded from its oppressive past and today enjoys a well developed economy centered around its capital city of Prague.
Another EU member state, like the Czech Republic, Spain has also had a rocky past but after the overthrow of its dictatorship in 1975 it rebounded and up until 2008 had one of the strongest economies in Europe.
Although both mainland China and Taiwan claim to be the real China, Taiwan has managed to fare much better than its significantly larger counterpart.
Another European country that made significant strides in recent years, Slovenia has become a member of both the EU and NATO since gaining its independence.
Once upon a time Hong Kong was a region dominated by farmers and fishermen. Today it is a fusion of Chinese and Western influences all crammed together into one of the world’s most dynamic metropolises.
Emerging from the destruction of World War II, France has become one of the most important players on the world stage.
Since the end of World War II it has become the world’s third largest economy and Japan is a major source of global capital and credit.
Known for its strict laws, Singapore is a wealthy city state located on an island just off the coast of Malaysia.
Hosting the capital of the European Union and the headquarters of NATO, Belgium is a multi-linguistic and diverse society that has come to enjoy a very high standard of living since the end of World War II.
Europe’s most industrialized and most populous country is well known for its technological, scientific, and cultural achievements.
Famous for its mountainous countryside, this country at the heart of Europe is home to numerous international organizations.
Playing an important role in international affairs, the UK’s global influence has declined following two world wars and decolonization, but it remains a military and economic power.
This sparsely populated country is well known for its volcanoes, geysers, and prosperous economy.
Although Ireland took a hit during the global financial crisis, prior to that it was so prosperous that it was even labeled the “Celtic Tiger”.
The world’s largest economic and military power, the United States accounts for 25% of the entire world’s GDP.
With a name that reflects its position (one fourth of the country is below sea level), the Netherlands are well known for their powerful economy and high standard of living.
Long standing neutrality and a strong financial sector has turned Switzerland into an extremely wealthy country.
Ever since the creation of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Alliance), Canada has experienced a trade boom and enjoys the world’s largest trading relationship with it’s powerful neighbor to the south. This, along with immigration, has helped make Canada one of the world’s richest nations.
Low unemployment, a strong economy, an advanced welfare system, and one of the highest standards of living in the world make Sweden a leader in numerous categories.
A wealthy Pacific nation, its economy is dominated by agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism.
According to income, human development, healthcare, and civil rights, Australia ranks as one of the top places to live on Earth.
With heavy spending on education, research, and training, Finland has one of the best qualified work forces in the world.
Although it is a small country, Denmark has always had a significant impact internationally. Domestically it is well known for its highly modern economy and advanced social welfare system.
Perhaps not surprisingly a Nordic country tops the list. And thanks in large part to oil revenues, Norway enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world.