Legatum Prosperity Index

It is hard to compare country X with country Y in a meaningful way because so many indices are meaningless. To offer a simple example, saying that heating oil is cheaper in Minnesota than Nicaragua is meaningless when you don't need any in Nicaragua.

Enter the Legatum Prosperity Index. (That link points to the Nicaragua entry.) While there is an overall rating list, the details are available and pretty interesting. You can compare Nicaragua to your home country on all sorts of items.

To take one example, 56.7% believe business and government corruption is widespread in Nicaragua, 68.9% belive that in the US. In general, the information doesn't paint any one country as good or bad but gives you a lot of information so you can draw your own conclusions.

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