Another week, another set of global rankings to test Turkey’s self-image. This time it’s the ‘Prosperity Index’ produced by the Legatum Institute, the 2010 edition of which was published on October 25th.
Despite the index’s name, and the fact that Legatum is a hedge fund, the rankings aren’t narrowly focused on financial performance. They are based on a wide-ranging set of indicators, which are grouped into the eight sub-indices listed in the table below.
Turkey’s overall position in the 2010 ranking is 80th out of 110 countries. This is unchanged from the position it held in 2009. On the eight sub-indices, Turkey performed as follows:
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Source: Legatum Institute, 2010 Prosperity Index
The numbers that jump out are the abysmal rankings for personal freedom and social capital. In particular, the latter (which measures social cohesion and engagement, as well as the extent of family and community networks) is shocking. Of the 110 countries covered by the index, only two (Pakistan and Bangladesh) fared worse than Turkey. Here are some of the factors that contributed to this result:
- Turkey ranks 97th on interpersonal trust (this is something I’ve touched on before), charitable donations and volunteering
- It comes 80th in terms of the number of people reporting having helped a stranger within the prior month
- 55 per cent of the population reported attending a religious service within the prior week
- Rankings on family networks are paradoxical—Turkey has the 13th highest level of marriage, but is among the 10 lowest-ranking countries in terms of people feeling they can rely on family and friends in times of need
For more about Turkey’s performance, and about the Prosperity Index generally, follow the links below.