New Zealand more prosperous than Australia, report says
New Zealand is the third most prosperous country to live in according to an international report.
The 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index ranks 142 nations on their "wealth and wellbeing" in eight categories, including health, education, safety and security, and economy.
Norway tops the list, followed by Switzerland. The lowest ranked was the Central African Republic.
New Zealand has jumped two places from last year's index and has ranked first in the Personal Freedom sub-index.
The increase in places was put down to the result of a large increase in the country's Social Capital score, the report's publishers said.
In all eight categories, New Zealand scored in the top 20.
Our Australian neighbours also make the top 10, coming in seventh on the list and ranking first in education.
The United States is ranked 10th, and has a top score in the health sub-index.
The Legatum Prosperity Index was published by the London-based Legatum Institute, which provided research on different economic and social issues around the world.
The institute's parent company was founded by New Zealand billionaire Christopher Chandler in 2006.
Top of the list
1 - Norway
2 - Switzerland
3 - New Zealand
4 - Denmark
5 - Canada
6 - Sweden
7 - Australia
8 - Finland
9 - Netherlands
10 - United States
Rounding off the bottom
132 - Angola
133 - Guinea
134 - Sierra Leone
135 - Haiti
136 - Togo
137 - Afghanistan
138 - Yemen
139 - Burundi
140 - Democratic Republic of the Congo
141 - Chad
142 - Central African Republic