Economic progress is one way to measure the success of a country, while some people think there are other factors. What other factors should be considered? Within these factors, do you think anyone is more important than the others?
Nowadays, most countries around the globe are concentrating on the economic development. However, whether the economic progress alone can fully depict the development situation remains a controversial issue. In my opinion, other factors should also be taken into account.
One important factor is that the education system reflects the capacity of sustainable economic growth. This is mainly because whatever industries the countries rely on, skilled workers and experienced experts are always the essential resources, especially in the high-tech areas in which those well-educated employees are sometimes the core competitiveness of enterprises.
Other crucial indicator is the social welfare system which sometimes serves purposes to meet the basic human need. Citizens living in such countries can be carefully looked after when they are out of work, sick or retirement, and more importantly, such system will eliminate the inequity in the society by the taxation leverage and other measurements. Therefore, we say these countries are advanced.
The final one, from my perspective, is how the country is perceived by other countries. It should be a peaceful country which treats others fairly and accepts the universal values. Moreover, a developed country should not only have great tangible power, but play a corresponding role in the global affairs.
In sum, apart from economic progress, there are several other persuasive factors to make a country successful. Of course economic is still a prominent criteria, but it is obviously not the only one. Definitely what makes a country brilliant is not its GDP or modern building, but how civilised it is.