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.