The Prosperity Index

This is the sixth edition of the prosperity index to be published by the Legatum Institute. The index assesses global wealth and well-being, and benchmarks 142 countries around the world in eight categories: economy, education, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, health, personal freedom, safety and security, and social capital.

The United States drops out of top 10

While the Netherlands has risen on the 2012 index, the United States dropped out of the top 10. Awarded 8th place, the Netherlands outperforms almost all other European countries. Only Scandinavian countries rank higher on the index. The Netherlands scores particularly well on subcategories that measure well-being (for example, personal freedom, social capital and health).

Amsterdam’s outstanding quality of life

This poll illustrates the outstanding quality of life expats find in the Netherlands and in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Results from the first research study organised by the Expatcenter Amsterdam in 2012 also demonstrated the international community’s overall positive perceptions on life in the Amsterdam Area.

Internationals and the Amsterdam area

The research study, conducted in July and August of last year, aimed to better understand the issues facing internationals and their general perceptions of Quality of Life in the Amsterdam Area. The results provide a picture of how internationals fare in Amsterdam: how they view the city, which elements most influence up their socio-cultural life, how they spend their spare time and whether they feel at home and integrated in their new city.