EU Sources - OECD Better Life Index - September 30, 2016

The OECD has published an index that compares well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life. The latest evidence on well-being in 11 different dimensions of life suggests that OECD countries have diverse patterns of strengths and weaknesses. Predictably, countries ranking in the top third of the OECD in gross domestic product (GDP) per capita terms tend to do well overall, especially in relation to material well-being outcomes such as household income and earnings. Nonetheless, countries can have comparative weaknesses in areas such as job security, air quality, housing affordability, and work life balance at any level of GDP per capita. This report shows where even richer OECD countries still have room to improve the well-being of their citizens.

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