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10 most prosperous countries in the world

Last updated on: November 27, 2012 10:10 IST

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There are many countries that have immense wealth, but not all score high when it comes to prosperity, too.

Prosperity extends beyond just material wealth. It includes factors such as social capital, effective governance, human rights and liberties, health, opportunity, security, and overall quality of life.

Let's take a look at 10 most prosperous countries in the world, according to Legatum Prosperity Index.

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Norway

Economy: 2

Entrepreneurship and opportunity: 4

Governance: 13

Education: 6

Health: 4

Global rank: 1

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Denmark

Economy: 19

Entrepreneurship and opportunity: 1

Governance: 3

Education: 16

Health: 16

Global rank: 2

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Image: Boats are seen anchored at the 17th century Nyhavn district, home to many shops and restaurants in Copenhagen.
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Sweden

Economy: 5

Entrepreneurship and opportunity: 2

Governance: 4

Education: 12

Health: 14

Global rank: 3

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Australia

Economy: 10

Entrepreneurship and opportunity: 8

Governance: 8

Education: 2

Health: 17

Global rank: 4

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New Zealand

Economy: 27

Entrepreneurship and opportunity: 13

Governance: 2

Education: 1

Health: 20

Global rank: 5

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Canada

Economy: 8

Entrepreneurship and opportunity: 16

Governance: 6

Education: 3

Health: 15

Global rank: 6

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Finland

Economy: 16

Entrepreneurship and opportunity: 3

Governance: 5

Education: 8

Health: 12

Global rank: 7

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The Netherlands

Economy: 14

Entrepreneurship and opportunity: 10

Governance: 11

Education: 11

Health: 7

Global rank: 8

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Switzerland

Economy: 1

Entrepreneurship and opportunity: 7

Governance: 1

Education: 32

Health: 3

Global rank: 9

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Ireland

Economy: 25

Entrepreneurship and opportunity: 14

Governance: 14

Education: 14

Health: 11

Global rank: 10


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