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Forget GDP, the OECD has a whole new way to rank quality of life in countries around the world. Called “The Better Life Index,” the new OECD data set ranks countries based on things like the employment situation, leisure time, and life expectancy.The new index is meant to supplement more traditional means of ranking a country’s success, like GDP growth, which may not account for other important factors in an individual’s life, such as educational attainment, or one’s community.
This index, however, isn’t perfect. It includes stats like how many people vote, giving high marks to countries with compulsory voting rules. Housing stats focus on number of rooms to people and whether or not facilities have basic amenities, rather than say, actual space or location.
More or less, what the index reveals is that one’s quality of life is subjective, based upon what is most important to you. We’ve ranked the top 11 all around countries, but look here for a means to develop your own ranking.
Finland does not rank tops in any category, but does get strong marks for its students reading skills.
Time spent on leisure and personal care: 15.95 hours per day
per cent of people without indoor flushing toilets: 0.80%
Denmark gets top rankings for life satisfaction and its the amount of buildings it has up to basic standards.
Average self-evaluation of life satisfaction score: 7.8 out of 10
Mothers with school age children working: 77.5%
Norway does not rank tops in any category, but performs well in terms of hours worked by employees and its buildings' basic facilities status.
Household disposable income: $29,366 anually
Employment rate (age 15-64): 75.31%
Canada has a top score for number of rooms per person in a home and its assault rate.
Rooms shared per person in a residence: 2.5 rooms
Employees working more than 50 hours per week: 0.04%
Australia ranks the best in terms of voter turnout among countries reviewed. Voting is compulsory in Australia.
Life expectancy: 81 years
Employees working more than 50 hours per week: 0.14%
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