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New Zealand is the third most prosperous country.. (Auckland)

New Zealand is the third most prosperous country to live in according to an international report.

The Protected content Prosperity Index ranks Protected content on their "wealth and wellbeing" in eight categories, including health, education, safety and security, and economy.

Norway tops the list, followed by Sweden. The lowest ranked was the Central African Republic.

New Zealand has jumped two places from last year's index and has ranked first in the Personal Freedom sub-index.

The increase in places was put down to the result of a large increase in the country's Social Capital score, the report's publishers said.

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