New Zealand cited as most prosperous non-European country

New Zealand has been highlighted as the world’s most prosperous country outside of Europe in the annual Legatum Prosperity Index.


Prosperity Index
  1. Denmark
  2. Norway
  3. Switzerland
  4. Sweden
  5. Finland 
  6. Netherlands
  7. New Zealand
  8. Germany
  9. Luxembourg
  10. Austria

The Prosperity Index is the only global index that uses measurements based on both wealth and wellbeing. Covering 96% of the world’s population and 99% of global GDP, the index provides a more complete picture of global prosperity than any other tool of its kind.

The country has secured a position in the top ten ranking of this index in terms of prosperity since 2009 showing the ongoing strength of its economy as well as the financial comfort it can offer British emigrants looking to move to New Zealand. 

When the results are broken down New Zealand also ranks in the top 5 for social capital and particularly high in governance, investment enf vironment and natural environment. 

New life in Auckland

A big part of the family discussion on emigration centred on a better lifestyle for the children.

Dan Percival and Jackie Neville are an example of a family who can testify to the results of the survey and the positivity of immigration to New Zealand in terms of a more prosperous and contented life.

The couple emigrated from Manchester to New Zealand in 2007 with their three children then aged five, 13 and 19 and now live just outside Auckland. Their quality of life improved in terms of their home, employment and the children’s education. 

Janet says that a big part of the family discussion on emigration centred on a better lifestyle for the children. She comments; “The thought of all the space and access to sports appealed – without all the political correctness and health and safety rules gone mad that we had in England.

Family move works out

 “We have the kind of home we’ve always wanted but could not have afforded in England.  I love the fact that while we're still in the city, we're living out in the bush. We've got privacy and a sea view.

“It seemed just right – the scale of the country, similar climate, fantastic scenery and above all, how hospitable everyone was – even the children were impressed.”

Key selling attractions for Brits looking to move to New Zealand are the high quality of life, balanced lifestyle, the stunning scenery, temperate climate and cheaper cost of living. It also offers a solid environment for children so is ideal for families. The wide range of visas, from working visas to skilled migrant visas, means that the immigration policies are inclusive to a wide spectrum of people.    

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