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The World’s Most And Least Prosperous Countries, 2019

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Denmark is the most prosperous country in the world, according to a report released by the Legatum Institute think tank, followed by Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, and Finland.

The Netherlands was ranked in the sixth position followed by SNew Zealand, Germany, Luxembourg, and Iceland in the tenth position. While the United Kingdom ranked 11th, Ireland 12th, Austria 13th, Canada 14th, Hong Kong 15th, with Singapore and Australia taking the next two spots, the United States down in 18th.

Here are the top 20 least prosperous countries

  1. South Sudan
  2. Yemen
  3. The central African Republic
  4. Chad
  5. Afghanistan
  6. Dem. Rep. of Congo
  7. Somalia
  8. Eritrea
  9. Burundi
  10. Sudan
  11. Syria
  12. Angola
  13. Mauritania
  14. Rep. of Congo
  15. Haiti
  16. Cameroon
  17. Niger
  18. Ethiopia
  19. Mali
  20. Nigeria

Here are the top 20 most prosperous countries

  1. Denmark
  2. Norway
  3. Switzerland
  4. Sweden
  5. Finland
  6. New Zealand
  7. Germany
  8. Luxembourg
  9. Iceland
  10. United Kingdom
  11. Ireland
  12. Austria
  13. Canada
  14. Hong Kong
  15. Singapore
  16. Australia
  17. United States
  18. Japan
  19. Malta

In analyzing the performance of the 167 countries more than 100 “experts” looked at “12 pillars”, comprising 65 different elements, measured by 294 indicators, using publicly available data. The index assessed how well 167 countries promote the economic and social well-being of their residents in three domains: inclusive societies, open economies and empowered people.

The world’s most prosperous countries, 2019

  1. Denmark
  2. Norway
  3. Switzerland
  4. Sweden
  5. Finland
  6. Netherlands
  7. New Zealand
  8. Germany
  9. Luxembourg
  10. Iceland
  11. United Kingdom
  12. Ireland
  13. Austria
  14. Canada
  15. Hong Kong
  16. Singapore
  17. Australia
  18. United States
  19. Japan
  20. Malta
  21. Estonia
  22. Belgium
  23. France
  24. Taiwan
  25. Spain
  26. Portugal
  27. Slovenia
  28. Czechia
  29. South Korea
  30. Italy
  31. Israel
  32. Slovakia
  33. Lithuania
  34. Cyprus
  35. Latvia
  36. Poland
  37. Chile
  38. Costa Rica
  39. Uruguay
  40. United Arab Emirates
  41. Malaysia
  42. Greece
  43. Qatar
  44. Mauritius
  45. Croatia
  46. Hungary
  47. Romania
  48. Seychelles
  49. Bulgaria
  50. Montenegro
  51. Panama
  52. Serbia
  53. Georgia
  54. North Macedonia
  55. Trinidad and Tobago
  56. Peru
  57. China
  58. Bahrain
  59. Argentina
  60. Oman
  61. Armenia
  62. Kuwait
  63. Indonesia
  64. Jamaica
  65. Albania
  66. Thailand
  67. Mexico
  68. Kazakhstan
  69. Brazil
  70. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  71. Saudi Arabia
  72. Colombia
  73. Belarus
  74. Russia
  75. Sri Lanka
  76. Botswana
  77. Cabo Verde
  78. Dominican Republic
  79. Paraguay
  80. Ecuador
  81. Moldova
  82. Suriname
  83. South Africa
  84. Philippines
  85. Vietnam
  86. Jordan
  87. Mongolia
  88. Kyrgyzstan
  89. Namibia
  90. Guyana
  91. Turkey
  92. Azerbaijan
  93. Sao Tome and Principe
  94. Belize
  95. Tunisia
  96. Ukraine
  97. Cuba
  98. El Salvador
  99. Guatemala
  100. Morocco
  101. India
  102. Ghana
  103. Uzbekistan
  104. Lebanon
  105. Bolivia
  106. Rwanda
  107. Honduras
  108. Turkmenistan
  109. Nicaragua
  110. Algeria
  111. Senegal
  112. Gabon
  113. Kenya
  114. Tajikistan
  115. Nepal
  116. Laos
  117. Equatorial Guinea
  118. Zambia
  119. Iran
  120. Tanzania
  121. Djibouti
  122. Cambodia
  123. Papua New Guinea
  124. Myanmar
  125. Gambia
  126. Egypt
  127. Bangladesh
  128. Malawi
  129. Comoros
  130. Cote dIvoire
  131. Benin
  132. Eswatini
  133. Lesotho
  134. Burkina Faso
  135. Uganda
  136. Liberia
  137. Madagascar
  138. Guinea-Bissau
  139. Zimbabwe
  140. Pakistan
  141. Guinea
  142. Iraq
  143. Venezuela
  144. Togo
  145. Mozambique
  146. Sierra Leone
  147. Libya
  148. Nigeria
  149. Mali
  150. Ethiopia
  151. Niger
  152. Cameroon
  153. Haiti
  154. Dem Rep of Congo
  155. Mauritania
  156. Angola
  157. Syria
  158. Sudan
  159. Burundi
  160. Eritrea
  161. Somalia
  162. Dem. Rep. of Congo
  163. Afghanistan
  164. Chad
  165. Central African Republic
  166. Yemen
  167. South Sudan

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Ryan Miller
Senior associate editor at ​the CEOWORLD magazine. Raised in Boston with a Brooklyn accent.
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