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The Legatum Prosperity Index is based on a study of 142 countries comprising 96% of global population. Nations are analysed and ranked on 89 indicators in 8 categories such as education, government and economics. Per capita GDP — basically how rich a nation is — is a factor in the index, but the whole point of the Legatum study is to look beyond such a simple measure at all the myriad issues that make up wellbeing and prosperity.
In general, the most prosperous (thus “happiest” in my book) countries enjoy stable political institutions, a strong civil society with freedom of expression, good education and healthcare, personal freedom and a feeling of being safe and secure.
So who are the world's happiest and saddest countries as measured by Legatum?
Source: Christopher Helman @ Forbes
All figures are in US Dollars
Jan 14, 2013