Johannesburg - South African has been ranked 74th out of 142
countries in the latest Legatum Prosperity Index‚ a unique global assessment of
national prosperity based on wealth and wellbeing.
The countries best ranking was in the entrepreneur category
where it was ranked 34th‚ with its worst ranking being 114 for health.
As the race for the White House reaches fever pitch‚ the
latest findings from the index reveal that the American Dream is in jeopardy.
In an unprecedented fall‚ the US dropped to 12th position in the worldwide
prosperity rankings - with weakening performance across five of the index's
Meanwhile‚ Scandinavian countries prosper most‚ with Norway‚
Denmark and Sweden topping the overall index as first‚ second and third
respectively. A new generation of Asian 'Tiger Cubs' has also emerged‚ with
Vietnam‚ Thailand‚ Malaysia‚ and Indonesia all scaling the rankings.
In Europe‚ overall prosperity has increased‚ with Ireland‚
the Netherlands and Germany climbing the rankings (now eighth‚ tenth and 14th
respectively). However‚ more than two thirds (24 out of 33) of European
countries have seen their economy score decline since 2009.