It’s time to find out again whether Australia, usually referred to as the ‘lucky country’ is still the ‘happy country’, as in the happiest country in the (OECD) world.
Now, I know I mentioned this a couple of months ago when I wrote about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in my post Who Are the Happiest People in the World? – but that was 2013 results.
Also, back in 2011 in my post The OECD Best Country Better Life Index I turned the results into a “Hurdle Race” and made a video proving that sometimes, living here in Australia as I do, I can be too happy.
If you read those posts you will know that OECD stands for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and that they look at 11 benchmarks when comparing the 36 participating countries to see which is happiest.
Australia came top on both of the occasions mentioned above, but which country is happiest now in 2014? The results were only announced last week and the winner is…
Here’s the top 10:
- New Zealand
What’s so good about Australia?
Specifically, which of those 11 benchmarks did Australia score highly in? And how did they compare with, say, the UK and the USA?
I think the answer deserves a table, don’t you?
- UK safer than Australia?
- USA income score is 10?
- Australia and UK income scores so low?
- Australia and USA’s work-life balance a major problem?
Other points to note are that Australia’s victory in civil engagement is rather hollow because that particular category is partly to do with the number of people who vote and voting here is compulsory. So it’s easy to see why we won that one.
On the other hand Australia’s superior performances in health, environment, life satisfaction, jobs and education are well earned and we didn’t do bad in housing and safety either.
The United States remained in seventh place as they were last year, but the UK slipped from 10th to 12th this time despite that remarkably high safety score, to be replaced by………New Zealand.
Down under strikes again.
You can find many more fascinating facts in greater detail over at the OECD Better Life Index.