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In prosperity Finland Is 1st. US 9th, Brazil 41st, Zimbabwe Last

Flores street in Curitiba, south of Brazil In South America Brazil loses to Uruguay, Chile, Costa Rica and Argentina when the matter is prosperity. Uruguay tops the 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index in that part of the world and is only second to Costa Rica in Latin America.

However Latin America's best placed countries in the index which defines prosperity as wealth and well being are in the thirties out of a total list of 104.

Legatum Prosperity points out that the most prosperous nations in the world are not necessarily those that have only a high GDP, "but are those that also have happy, healthy, and free citizens".

According to the ranking Costa Rica figures in position 32, Uruguay, 33, Chile, 36 and Argentina, 38. Others in Latin America include Brazil, 41; Panama, 42; Mexico, 43; Dominican Republic, 54; Paraguay, 57; El Salvador, 60; Peru, 64; Colombia, 65; Honduras, 66 and Guatemala, 67. Bottom of the region's list are Ecuador, 71; Nicaragua, 72; Bolivia, 73 and Venezuela, 74.

Finland tops this year's Index, with the United States ranking ninth, ahead of large European nations such as Britain, Germany and France, which all still make the top 20. Finland is narrowly ahead of Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark. Zimbabwe ranks last, following Yemen and Sudan.

Behind Denmark come Norway, Australia, Canada, Holland, US and New Zealand, followed by Ireland, UK; Belgium, Germany, Austria, Japan, France, Hong Kong, Spain and Slovenia.

The Legatum Prosperity Index accounts for 90% of the world's population and is based on years of statistical analysis and research of objective data and subjective responses to surveys. The data comprises 79 different variables organized into nine sub indexes – each identified as a foundation of long-term prosperity.

The nine sub-indexes are: Economic Fundamentals – a growing, sound economy that provides opportunities for wealth creation; Entrepreneurship and Innovation – an environment friendly to new enterprises and the commercialization of new ideas; Democratic Institutions – transparent and accountable governing institutions that promote economic growth; Education – an accessible, high-quality educational system that fosters human development; Health – the physical well being of the populace; Safety and Security – a safe environment in which people can pursue opportunity; Governance – an honest and effective government that preserves order and encourages productive citizenship; Personal Freedom – the degree to which individuals can choose the course of their lives; Social Capital – trustworthiness in relationships and strong communities.

Mercopress

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  • ch.c.

    And to SFSMURF….SMURF AND SMURF !!!!!!!

    Ohhhhh yeahhhhhh as you stated in the other thread…I AM JEALOUS against Brazilians !

    – “Finland is narrowly ahead of Switzerland”
    – the Legatum Prosperity ” “but are those that also have happy, healthy, and free citizens”.

    And I am even more jealous against Brazilians because my country is not only very close second “those that also have happy, healthy, and free citizens”. but also at the same time A VERY VERY VERY WEALTHY COUNTRY !!!!!!

    Ohhhhh and read again and again the last paragraph of the above article starting with….
    The nine sub-indexes are……..etc etc

    IDIOTS LIKE YOU, LAURA, RICARDO, TRIPLE-IDIOT AND SO MANY OTHERS HERE ARE ALWAYS RIGHT !
    ARENT YOU ??????????
    Of course, right you always are. Otherwise you would not be idiots…by definition !

    feel free to continue to be 1000000000 % sure that right you are !
    And for eternity idiots you will remain.
    Because you dont even KNOW what a sucker is. BECAUSE SUCKER AND SWALLOWER YOU ARE !
    That is exactly what populists are !

    Robbing Hook expect NO LESS from You !

    In the meantime i feel very happy to accumulate the US dollar for the short-medium term !
    I Love buying what is low and cheap, and love selling what HIGH and expensive !
    Time is on my side, sooner or later !
    If you LOVE doing the opposite….feel free ! You will have then to work a lot harder and longer…to buy a U.S. Jeans, U.S. pampers for your kids, or a McDo for your birthday !

    Viva….BRAZIL !
    Viva….BRAZILIANS !
    Viva….ROBBING HOOK….just as good as JESUS !

  • ch.c.

    WHERE IS LAURA AND ALL THE IDIOTS BRAZILIANS…..
    ….PRETENDING THAT BRAZIL IS THE WORLD BEST BEST—COUNTRY ?

    jUST RE-READ what I stated not so long ago…..when I said :
    BRAZIL GDP PER CAPITA IS LOWER THAN URUGUAY AND ARGENTINA…BUT ALSO VENEZUELA !!!!!!!!

    i WAS TALKING ONLY ABOUT THE 4 EXISTING MERCOSUR COUNTRIES, 5 IF VENEZUELA IS INCLUDED !!!!

    I obvioulsy did not counted CHILE…..NOT AT ALL AND NOT INTERESTED TO BECOME A MERCOSURE MEMBER !!!!

    LAURA….LAURA….LAURA….LAURA….LAURA…WHERE ARE YOU ?
    Hiding In the toilets…so that you can caress more your navel ??????

    Hmmmmmmm

    when finished…re-read time and again…THE ABOVE SAD TRUTH !
    Not my own numbers just to rant against B R A – Z E R O S.

    I just remind you wether you like or not that my middle name is CARTESIAN !
    And contrary to you and nearly all Brazilians that I DOT NOT HAVE THE ENDEMIC DISEASE OF CARESSING MY NAVEL….JUST TO BE PRETENTIOUS !
    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

  • MÑrcio Osório

    Eltit
    Stop crime, Brazil.

  • US_Male

    Argentina Prosperous? Are they serious? If you believe their government, you must be a real kool-aid drinker to believe that. That is the second last nation where you would like to invest your hard working dollars or euros…or even live.

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