The 25 richest, healthiest, happiest, and most advanced countries in the world

The Legatum Institute, a London based research institute released on Thursday its 10th annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks the most prosperous countries in the world.

The amount of money a country has is one factor of prosperity, but the Legatum Institute considers much more than that in its ranking.

The organisation compared 104 variables to come up with its list. These variables include traditional indicators like per-capita gross domestic product and the number of people in full-time work, but also more interesting figures such as the number of secure internet servers a country has, and how well-rested people feel on a day-to-day basis.

The variables are then split into nine subindexes: economic quality, business environment, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom, social capital, and natural environment.

The index looked at the 149 countries in the world that have the most available data. For the last seven years of the index, Norway has taken the top spot, but in 2016 a new nation is the world's most prosperous.

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16. Belgium — While Belgium has received much negative press in the past year as the home of the perpetrators of the Paris terror attacks, it is one of the world's most prosperous nations, ranking in the top ten in both the personal freedom and education sub-indexes.

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Source: Business Insider.uk

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