By Peter Marten, October 2009
It isn't quite the same adrenaline rush as when Finnish "monster metal" band Lordi won the Eurovision Song Contest by a landslide way back in '06. But still, there's a reason to rock 'n' roll: Finland has been declared the world’s most prosperous nation.
This year’s Legatum Prosperity Index (LPI), published by London-based thinktank Legatum, puts Finland in first place overall; last year it came in third. Countries are ranked in nine different subindexes: economic fundamentals; entrepreneurship and innovation; democratic institutions; education; health; safety and security; governance; personal freedom; and social capital. Read more on thisisFINLAND.fi