Skip to comments.Want prosperity? Index ranks Finland as place to be (Nordics Rule! Top 5 are Nordic.)
Posted on 10/27/2009 1:11:54 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) For those who value their freedom of expression as much as health, wealth, and prosperity, then Finland is the place to be, with an index ranking the Nordic nation the best in the world.
The 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index, published on Tuesday and compiled by the Legatum Institute, an independent policy, advocacy and advisory organization, ranked 104 countries which are home to 90 percent of the world's population.
The index is based on a definition of prosperity that combines economic growth with the level of personal freedoms and democracy in a country as well as measures of happiness and quality of life.
With the exception of Switzerland, which came in at number 2, Nordic countries dominated the top 5 slots, with Sweden in third place followed by Denmark and Norway.
The top 10 were all also Western nations, with Australia (6th place) and Canada (7th place) both beating the United States, ranked 9th. Britain came in at number 12.
In Asia, Japan was the region's highest ranked country at number 16, followed by Hong Kong (18th place) and Singapore (23rd place) and Taiwan (24th place).
Dr. William Inboden, senior vice president of the Legatum Institute, said the lower rankings for Asian nations were largely due to their weak scores for democracy and personal freedoms.
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I think they are inching toward a “Blond Riyadh”
For example, I read that the greater Malmo area is hardly the place to be these days.
I love a lot of Finnish music:
Just to name a few.
The only Finnish band I remember is Hanoi Rocks.
I bet if the US had a ‘public option’ for health care we would move up the list.
Of course they DRILL their oil reserves.