Ireland ranks 10th in “Prosperity Index”

Ireland ranks 10th in the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index, an assessment of 142 countries based on economy, enterprise and opportunity, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom and social capital.

Ireland moved two places higher than last year, matching the 10th place ranking of 2012 but shy of the ninth place finish in 2009. The latest ranking puts Ireland ahead of 11th-ranked United States and behind ninth place Finland.

The rankings are based on 90 variables across the eight major categories. Here’s the detailed report for Ireland.

Also, a recent European Central Bank report shows that Irish citizens lost more of their personal wealth than those from any other Eurozone country in the aftermath of the financial crash, says the Irish Independent. The ECB report covers the years 2009 to 2013.