Posted by: Sarah | May 3, 2013

Norway Is The “Happiest” Country In The World…According To Legatum


The Legatum Prosperity Index is an annual ranking, developed by the Legatum Institute, of 142 countries. The ranking is based on a variety of factors including wealth, economic growth, personal well-being, and quality of life.  Norway has topped the rankings for the  last 3 years.  It’s not just a financial study but a study that looks at all aspects of prosperity including wealth and well-being and the correlation between the two.

According to Forbes, Norway tops the charts as the “happiest” country to live in for a number of reasons, not least the fact the economy is seriously bankrolled by the high taxes and big reserves of offshore oil and gas.  Interestingly, all of the Nordic countries feature in the top 10 including Finland, Denmark and Sweden.  So despite the harsh winters, folks are still enjoying the lifestyle.

Thanks to my friend Jeremiah Owyang who shared the study.

Here’s the top 20 countries as rated in the latest 2012 study.

Prosperity Index

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