May 31, 2016Michael Sutherland-Shaw
What matters most to you? That’s the question the OECD was looking to define with its 2016 Better Life Index (BLI).
“The BLI covers 38 countries, and measures well-being across 11 dimensions: housing, income, jobs, community, education, environment, civic engagement, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance,” said the report.
Life satisfaction is generally highest in Denmark, Norway and other Nordic nations, as well as New Zealand, Canada and Australia, countries which score high on employment levels, quality of jobs and the health of the population.
Conversely, in countries where employment levels and life expectancy fall below the OECD average, life satisfaction is lowest.
The Better Life Index (BLI) shows that having a strong network of friends and good-work life balance are also associated with a high life satisfaction. For example, in Spain, 96% of the population say they know someone they could rely on in a time of need.
Are men happier then woman? According to the BLI there is litter difference between the sexes when it comes to life satisfaction. However, those with a university education tend to be happier than those who only completed primary education.
The BLI shows good economic performance of a country does not mean an equally good performance across the spectrum of well-being indicators. For example, Turkey and Mexico perform well in some forms of civic engagement.
On the other hand, South Africa scores poorly on many indicators but has a strong sense of community and work-life balance.
To date more than 110,000 people in 180 countries have used interactive online BLI tool. For those of you looking to explore the BLI results, click here.
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