The OECD Best Country Better Life Index

We had not featured a survey on this blog for a while until Monday’s offering about the cost of living comfortably in Australia. But it seems surveys are like buses; nothing for ages and then three come along together.

medalToday I read that 15-year-old Australian students came joint second with New Zealand (behind Korea) on digital reading skills. Apparently the test for this particular skill is the same as for literacy, but without the pen and paper, using computers instead.

And in a survey out today, Australians did rather well in all the categories in the Better Life Initiative Index. Who creates this index and who worked out the level of our digital reading skills?

Turns out it is the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) who are the same people who co-ordinate PISA, who gave me some of the data I used in my post comparing Australian education standards with the UK and the USA.

The Better Life Index

OECD have created an index covering 11 topics which are; housing, income, jobs, community, education, environment, governance, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance.

The interesting thing is you can go to their website at and create your own index according to how important you rate each of the 11 topics above. So, theoretically, you can work out which country is best for YOU to live in based on YOUR preferences.


You simply rate each of the 11 topics between one and five, depending on how important you think that topic is. Every time you change one of the ratings, the results change too.

The bad news is when I did it, the best country for me was Canada. But as Australia came second, I think I will stay put. I prefer hot and sunny to cold and sunny.

But the standard results are those that assume each of the 11 topics have equal importance. Those results were announced recently and they are the ones I present in my video summary, eventually.

Please bear in mind this is just a bit of fun, but it does all have a meaning which I will quickly explain. Each topic, as we start the video, is equally rated at 1 out of five. As I click down the topics one by one, I am increasing their importance to 5 out of five. As I do that, the positions of each country changes.

When I get to the end, every topic has equal importance and therefore we have the overall result and will find out which country, considering everything, is best to live in.

Simple, eh?

They’re under starter’s orders, I suggest watching in full-screen hi definition to maximise your viewing experience……

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  • Graeme Lloyd May 23, 2015, 1:30 am |

    Bob, this is brilliant! Hahaha – you kept it flowing until ‘health’. Well done 😉

    • BobinOz May 24, 2015, 9:02 pm |

      Thank you Graeme, I was quite pleased with it myself 🙂

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