After being ranked as the most optimistic nation in the world by a Gallup poll, Vietnam is now rated the world’s 61st happiest nation according to the latest Prosperity Index recently released by a UK think tank.
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According to the 2010 Legatum Prosperity Index Table Rankings from London-based Legatum Institute, Norway is the most prosperous while inflation-hit Zimbabwe stands bottom out of 110 surveyed economies whose combined population account for over 90 percent of the global population.
The Vietnam’s ranking represents a 16-notch increase compared to 2009 when Vietnam is 77th.
The Prosperity Index measures actual levels of wealth, life satisfaction and development, and rating the entrepreneurship and opportunity, safety and security, personal freedom, social capital, health, education and governance of the countries and areas polled.
In the Asia Pacific Region, Singapore has the highest ranking at 17th, followed by Japan at 18th and Hong Kong at 20th.
Of countries with a population over 150 million, the US came in top with a world rank of No. 10.
But overall, the most prosperous countries were in Northern Europe.
Ranking among the top 25 countries and areas in the 2010 Legatum Prosperity Index are, in declining order: Norway, Denmark, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Canada, Switzerland, Holland, the U.S., Ireland, Iceland, Britain, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Singapore, Japan, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Spain, Czech and Italy.
Just early this month, a BVA-Gallup poll found that the Vietnamese are the most optimistic about their country’s economic outlook out of 53 nations.
France is the most pessimistic nation, according to the poll that surveyed 64,203 people.
More than 70 percent of the Vietnamese people joining the survey believe that 2011 will be a year of economic prosperity for their country.