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About the Financial Freedom Index


The © Financial Freedom Index has the aim of identifying the countries where you can:
  1. Keep a large share of you earnings (through low taxation)
  2. Invest your earnings properly (through strong legal rights, investor protection, free currency convertibility and freehold property ownership)
  3. Save while spending (through low cost of living and low inflation rates)

In other words, the countries ranked highest are the places where you can keep the largest share of your gross earnings, invest them most safely and with the fewest restrictions as well as enjoy the highest purchasing power when spending your earnings/savings.

You can explore the data on this website in three ways:
  1. Get a quick overview by checking out the "Index" through the menu bar with summarized data from 186 countries.
  2. Learn more about individual countries by typing a country name in the search box at the top right of this website or by clicking on "By Country" in the menu bar. There are a total of 198 country profiles with detailed information on up to 15 indicators and sub-indicators per country.
  3. Compare countries by individual indicator through interactive maps, charts and tables on the "By Indicator" pages. Here you will also find more detailed information about the individual indicators, ranking methods and all sources used for this website. 

BASED ON A SET OF REPUTABLE SOURCES


This 2014/2015 edition of the Financial Freedom Index is based on a combination of data from renown organizations including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Ernst&Young (EY) and Deloitte as well as own extensive calculations and analyses. Sources are indicator-specific and can be accessed through the "By-Indicator" pages.

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WHO IS BEHIND THE FINANCIAL FREEDOM INDEX?


My name is Lucas Vincent. I am fascinated with the economic differences in the world's countries and the reasons behind them. While numerous indices about business- and economic freedom have been published, I have always missed a ranking of countries from a personal finance perspective - made for private individuals looking for the places where they should work and live to achieve personal financial freedom.

In my view, becoming financially successful depends on a number of criteria such as low taxation, investment freedom as well as low cost of living and inflation rates - all criteria I used to produce the Financial Freedom Index.

I have studied Management at King's College London, UK, and the University of Toronto, Canada, graduated with a 43 point International Baccalaureate (IB) and worked at Ernst&Young (EY) China and the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Beijing. Look at my About.Me profile. 



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