25 Most Prosperous Countries In The World

Posted by , Updated on September 17, 2015

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.



ItalySource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

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.


Czech Republic

Czech RepublicSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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.



SpainSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

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.



TaiwanSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Although both mainland China and Taiwan claim to be the real China, Taiwan has managed to fare much better than its significantly larger counterpart.



SloveniaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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.


Hong Kong

Hong KongSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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.



FranceSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Emerging from the destruction of World War II, France has become one of the most important players on the world stage.



JapanSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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.



SingaporeSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Known for its strict laws, Singapore is a wealthy city state located on an island just off the coast of Malaysia.



BelgiumSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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.



GermanySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Europe’s most industrialized and most populous country is well known for its technological, scientific, and cultural achievements.



AustriaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Famous for its mountainous countryside, this country at the heart of Europe is home to numerous international organizations.


United Kingdom

United KingdomSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

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.



IcelandSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

This sparsely populated country is well known for its volcanoes, geysers, and prosperous economy.



IrelandSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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”.


United States

United StatesSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

The world’s largest economic and military power, the United States accounts for 25% of the entire world’s GDP.



NetherlandsSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

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.



SwitzerlandSource: wikipedia, Image: freestockphotos.biz

Long standing neutrality and a strong financial sector has turned Switzerland into an extremely wealthy country.



CanadaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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.



SwedenSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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.


New Zealand

New ZealandSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

A wealthy Pacific nation, its economy is dominated by agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism.



AustraliaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

According to income, human development, healthcare, and civil rights, Australia ranks as one of the top places to live on Earth.



FinlandSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

With heavy spending on education, research, and training, Finland has one of the best qualified work forces in the world.



DenmarkSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

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.



NorwaySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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.

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