Bulgaria ranks 51st out of 149 countries in the 11th edition of the London Research Institute Legatum – Legatum Prosperity Index. The country climbs by 6 positions from 57 last year.
Bulgaria performed best in Natural Environment and Safety & Security and scored lowest in the Social Capital Pillar index. The biggest improvement, compared to last year, came in Economic Quality pillar, whereas the country moves on by 16 places. The country scores lowest on the Social Capital pillar. The Bulgarian profile is available at http://www.prosperity.com/globe/bulgaria, a comparison tool with any other chosen country is also available.
Over 11 years already, the Legatum Prosperity Index evaluates long-term changes in global prosperity, highlighting the drivers of progress and the nations that have made most impressive steps forward. The Institute compares 104 indicators like per-capita gross domestic product and the number of people in full-time work, but also more interesting variable such as the number of secure internet servers a country has, and how well people feel on a day-to-day basis or how willing are they to help other people or to contribute to charities.
All variables are then split into nine pillars: economic quality, business environment, governance, personal freedom, social capital, safety and security, education, health, and natural environment.
The 2017 ranks Norway number one, second is New Zealand, and third is Finland. The ranking table with all 149 countries is available at http://www.prosperity.com/rankings. Here are some of the key general findings of the 2017 index: