Break out the Freedom Fries: America is the tenth most prosperous country in the world, as judged by the Prosperity Index.
The Prosperity Index Isn’t Impressed
The Prosperity Index measures economic strength, but also factors contributing to a prosperous nation, such as health, education, governance, and personal freedom. The Legatum Institute released its 2010 rankings, and both the U.S. and U.K. fell from their respective 2009 rankings of 9 and 12. While news outlets such as TIME and bloggers such as Business Pundit bristle at the rankings, we have to imagine that headlines in Norway are considerably more celebratory.
For your own judgment, the top 10 most prosperous countries in the world:
5. New Zealand
10. United States
Tell us in the comments: What do you think held the U.S. back from a higher spot on the list?