Vietnam jumped 16 places from the 77th position in 2009 to the 61 st in 2010 in the 2010 Legatum Prosperity Index Table Rankings recently released by London-based Legatum Institute.

In the Asia-Pacific region, Singapore enjoyed the highest ranking at 17th , followed by Japan at 18th and China’s Hong Kong at 20th .

The most prosperous countries were in Northern Europe with Norway taking the lead in the rankings, followed by Denmark and Finland .

African countries were the least prosperous in the world due to high poverty rates, social instabilities and political repressions.

The Prosperity Index covers 110 countries and territories worldwide based on 81 criteria in eight fields, including economy, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom and social capital././.