Global Prosperity Analysis

Countries With Longest Life Expectancy

Introduction

The Legatum Personal Freedom sub-index assesses countries by outcomes that are made possible by a strong health infrastructure, such as rates of immunisation against diseases and public health expenditure. Countries are also assessed on outcomes such as life expectancy, rates of infant mortality and undernourishment. The sub-index also includes measures of satisfaction with personal health and the health effects of environmental factors such as water and air quality, and even environmental beauty.

Israel

#10

Israel ranks 10th in the world in life expectancy, at 80.60 years. Despite a hostile environment with many external security threats, Israel's citizens enjoy access to first-rate medical care and infrastructure, and they live much longer than people in the neighboring Arab countries.

Spain

#9

Spain ranks ninth in the world in life expectancy, at 80.87 years. Its temperate climate, relaxed lifestyle and stable society contribute to one of the best living environments in Europe.

Sweden

#8

Sweden ranks eighth in the world in life expectancy, at 80.92 years. Like other Scandinavian countries, Sweden's citizens have ready access to world-class medical facilities and enjoy peaceful surroundings.

France

#7

France ranks seventh in the world in life expectancy, at 80.97 years. The largest country by size in continental Europe, France, unlike other western European countries, does not suffer from overcrowding and offers a serene lifestyle to its citizens.

Iceland

#6

Iceland ranks sixth in the world in life expectancy, at 81.19 years. Isolated in the North Atlantic, Iceland is an ideal place to raise a family as it is untroubled by turbulence plaguing other regions of the world.

Australia

#5

Australia ranks fifth in the world in life expectancy, at 81.29 years. With a land the size of the continental United States, Australia has only a population of 25 million, fewer than the state of California. Wide open spaces and outstanding care facilities afford Australians an enviable lifestyle and longevity.

Italy

#4

Italy ranks fourth in the world in life expectancy, at 81.31 years. Italians, like their southern European neighbors, enjoy a temperate climate and serene lifestyle, boosted by plenty of fine wine and good food.

Switzerland

#3

Switzerland ranks third in the world in life expectancy, at 81.72 years. The Swiss have always been known for their neutrality, as their land has been untouched by war for centuries. A peaceful, quiet life tends to be last long.

Hong Kong

#2

Hong Kong ranks second in the world in life expectancy, at 82.28 years. Despite its status as a Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong is a world-class city with access to the best medical science and infrastructure.

Japan

#1

Japan ranks first in the world in life expectancy, at 82.51 years. As a nation, Japan has a rich history of long-living citizens, and now technological advances have made the Japanese the longest-living human beings on earth.

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Countries With Longest Life Expectancy

The Legatum Health sub-index assesses countries by outcomes that are made possible by a strong health infrastructure, such as rates of immunisation against diseases and public health expenditure. Countries are also assessed on outcomes such as life expectancy, rates of infant mortality and undernourishment. The sub-index also includes measures of satisfaction with personal health and the health effects of environmental factors such as water and air quality, and even environmental beauty.

Health problems around the world

Release Date: 9/1/2011

The Legatum Prosperity Index™ assesses countries by outcomes that are made possible by a strong health infrastructure, such as rates of immunisation against diseases and public health expenditure. Countries are also assessed on outcomes such as life expectancy, rates of infant mortality and undernourishment.

Countries That Think Working Hard Gets You Ahead

Release Date: 8/22/2011

The Legatum Perception Of Hard Work Variable measures such factors such as low costs to starting a business and public perception of a good entrepreneurial environment to understand what elements are important to improving citizens economic prospects and their overall wellbeing.

Educational Quality in Asia

Release Date: 7/22/2011

Asian countries, particularly East Asian countries, are commonly acknowledged as having the finest primary and secondary education systems. Children from these countries tend to outscore most Western nations, especially the United States, in areas pertaining to math and science. The data seem to verify that sentiment.

Arab Spring Countries

Release Date: 6/24/2011

The Legatum Prosperity Index™ provides a fascinating snapshot of our world that measures prosperity by both income and wellbeing. By measuring factors beyond economic development, the Index captures societal wellbeing in a way that allows us to paint a more accurate picture of national success.

Countries With Most Confidence In Military

Release Date: 5/27/2011

The Legatum Confidence In Military Variable measures levels of competition and corruption in government as well as citizensÂ’ confidence in elections, the judicial system, and the military.

Countries With The Highest Unemployment

Release Date: 5/11/2011

The Legatum Unemployment Variable demonstrates that outcomes of sound macroeconomic policies, such as robust domestic savings rates, low rates of inflation and unemployment, and an efficient financial sector have a positive impact on both average levels of income and wellbeing.

Countries Most Satisfied With Their Freedom

Release Date: 4/20/2011

The Legatum Civil Liberty And Free Choice Variable shows that stable economic environments are necessary for attracting investment and sustaining economic growth. Similarly, the ability to express political opinions without fear of persecution, and feeling safe walking alone at night, are positively correlated with higher levels of wellbeing.

Best Governed Countries In The World

Release Date: 3/18/2011

The Legatum Governance sub-index shows that citizens prefer governments that are stable and accountable. Public wellbeing is also related to people’s perceptions of how well the government addresses societal struggles with the environment and poverty.

Countries For Social Capital

Release Date: 3/4/2011

The Legatum Social Capital sub-index assesses how factors like volunteering, helping strangers, and donating to charitable organisations impacts the economic and life satisfaction of the populace as a whole. The sub-index also evaluates the levels of trust in a society and the manner in which citizens believe they can rely on others.

Countries With Most Personal Freedom

Release Date: 2/11/2011

The Legatum Personal Freedom sub-index assesses the effects of freedom of choice, expression, belief, and movement on a country’s per capital GDP and the subjective wellbeing of its citizens. It also assesses how the levels of tolerance for both minorities and immigrants affect countries’ economic growth and citizen satisfaction.

Most Economically Prosperous Countries In The World

Release Date: 1/21/2011

The Legatum Prosperity Index's economy sub-index measures countries’ performances in four areas that are essential to promoting prosperity: macroeconomic policies, economic satisfaction and expectations, foundation for growth, and financial sector efficiency. The sub-index demonstrates the outcomes of sound policies, and an efficient financial sector.

Most Innovative Countries In The World

Release Date: 1/7/2011

Which are the most innovative countries in the world, the ones who contribute to the general advancement of mankind's wellbeing? And what conditions are ideal to generate this kind of advancement? Legatum's Prosperity Index™ provides the answers for us. A strong entrepreneurial climate in which citizens can pursue new ideas for improving their lives leads to higher levels of income and well-being.

Safest Nations In The World

Release Date: 12/15/2010

Human beings crave for safety for themselves and their loved ones. Societies plagued by unrest cannot foster growth in average levels of income or well-being. The Legatum Prosperity Index's Safety & Security sub-index measures countries’ performances in two areas: national security and personal safety. The sub-index combines objective measures of security with subjective survey responses about personal safety.

Healthiest Countries In The World

Release Date: 11/23/2010

Healthcare was a hotly debated topic during the U.S. 2010 midterm elections. The Obama administration pushed across legislation targeted at changing the healthcare system – this has been met with mixed reactions from the public. personal health.

Most Educated Nations In The World

Release Date: 11/12/2010

Education is a building block for prosperous societies. The Education sub-index in the Legatum Prosperity Index measures a country’s performance in three areas: access to education, quality of education, and human capital.

Most Prosperous Nations In The World

Release Date: 10/28/2010

The 2010 Legatum Prosperity Index™ is the world’s only global assessment of wealth and wellbeing. Now in its fourth year, this edition builds upon previous versions with expanded data and analysis. The Prosperity Index is unique. It starts with a holistic definition of prosperity that includes both material wealth and quality of life.

Australian Election: How Prosperous is Australia?

Release Date: 8/9/2010

The following graphs show how well Australia compares to a selection of other countries around the world when assessed on data relating to national prosperity.

G20 Group In Canada

To mark the meeting of the G20 group in Canada, the following graphs compare each G20 country on their overall prosperity score as well as their score in the nine sub-indexes each of which are identified as the key drivers of prosperity in the 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index.

How Safe Do You Feel In Your Country?

The Legatum Prosperity Index™ is the world's only global assessment of wealth and wellbeing. It assesses 104 countries using a holistic definition of prosperity to include both material wealth and quality of life. The following graphs are compiled using data from the Safety and Security sub-index of the 2009 Prosperity Index. They show the relationship between a person's perceived safety and the rate of homicide in their country.

Does Attending Religious Services Mean Religion Is An Important Part Of Your Daily Life?

The following graphs examine the relationship between citizens' attendance of religious services and the level of importance that religion plays in their daily life. This data is taken from the Gallup World Poll and is featured in the 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index™ which is the world's only assessment of wealth and wellbeing.

Confidence In Elections And Government Corruption

The following graphs examine the level of citizen confidence in the honesty of elections as well as whether the perceived level of corruption in government. On each graph, a low blue line and a high red line convey better results for each variable. As you can see on this graph, in most regions of the world more citizens believe that government is corrupt than believe in the honesty of elections.

How Prosperous Is The UK?

With the General Election taking place on Thursday, we consider how prosperous is the UK when compared to other countries in the developed world. In the 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index™ the UK ranked 12th globally and in the following graphs we consider the UK's performance on each of the 9 sub-indexes which combine to create the overall ranking.

Free People in Post-apartheid South Africa?

To celebrate South Africa Freedom Day on 27th April, the following graphs look at various manifestations of freedom in the lives of South African citizens in comparison to other African countries. In the 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index, out of 104 countries South Africa ranked 50th for Personal Freedom and 51st overall. The spider diagram here shows how South Africa ranked on each of the nine sub-indexes.

Is access to technology the key to entrepreneurship?

The following graphs show the relationship between entrepreneurship and access to secure internet servers. In general we see that as access to the internet increases, so does the capacity for entrepreneurship. This first graph shows that Western & Northern Europe score highest on both variables while Sub-Saharan Africa scores lowest for both. All data is taken from the 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index™.

How Does Health Affect Society?

The following graphs examine the relationship between a society's overall health compared to other societal indicators. This first graph displays the health ranking of each region. This data is taken from the 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index™.

Sanitation Improve Your Health?

These graphs explore whether there is a correlation between access to sanitation and improved overall health ranking in the 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index™. As you can see, the global picture reveals a clear positive correlation between the two variables.

Does educating girls lead to prosperity?

These graphs explore whether there is a correlation between educating girls and a country's overall prosperity ranking. The two variables looked at are the ratio of girls to boys enrolled in education and the country's overall rank in the 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index™.

Does the Unemployment Rate Really Reflect How Many People Have Jobs?

These graphs explore whether the unemployment rate of a country is an accurate indicator of how many people actually have jobs. We explore this by comparing the World Bank Group unemployment rate (2007) with answers given to the 2007 Gallup question, "Do you currently have a job, either paid or unpaid?".

Celebrating a New Year on February 14, How Prosperous is China Today?

China ranks above average on this variable as well as above Hong Kong, Taiwan and Central East Asia and the Pacific region. In fact, on this variable, China ranks sixth globally despite a relatively low overall ranking on the Social Capital sub-index.

Celebrating Black History Month, How Tolerant is Each Region and Country?

To celebrate Black History Month, we are taking a closer look at how different countries and regions compare when measured on their tolerance of ethnic minorities and immigrants. These are just two of the 79 variables that are combined to create the 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index™. The countries on this graph are grouped together in regions starting with Sub-Saharan Africa. The graphs below allow closer examination of each region.

60 years since becoming a republic, how prosperous is India today?

As India celebrates its 60th anniversary since becoming a republic on Jan. 26, 1950, we take a closer look at this emerging power. Overall, in the 2010 Prosperity Index India ranks at 45 (ahead of both China and Russia). This can be attributed to high scores on the variables relating to social capital, governance and democratic institutions.

World Cup Final: Which Country Is More Prosperous?

This analysis covers the prosperity ranks for countries that qualified and that are playing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Commonwealth Games

This year’s games, being held in New Delhi, India, mark the 19th anniversary of this annual sporting event. The games, which will be held October 3 - 14, are considered an important proving ground for emerging India.