Sri Lanka has come to the 60th position in the World Prosperity Index above neighbouring India in 106th spot, Nepal at 102 and Bangladesh at 103.
In the 'Prosperity Index' ranking of 142 countries compiled by London-based Legatum Institute Sri Lanka has moved up eleven places to 60th in overall Prosperity since 2009. Over the past five years, the country has increased twelve places to 35th in the Social Capital sub-index, due to increases in willingness to help strangers and trust levels.
The Economy sub-index has risen twenty eight places to 74th since 2009, as a result of increases in capital per worker, gross domestic savings, perceived job availability, and satisfaction with access to adequate food and shelter.
The 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index evaluates nations in eight categories, including education, health, economy, safety and security.
China is ranking at the 51th position in the index.
At the top of the index, Norway defended its numero uno position for the fifth year. Switzerland is at second place, followed by Canada at third, Sweden at fourth and New Zealand at fifth.
Meanwhile, on the lower end of the rankings Chad stood at 142, Central African Republic (141), Congo (140), Afghanistan (139), Pakistan (132) and Iraq (130). (The New Indian Express and Legatum Prosperity Index)