Canada second happiest country in the world


Andem
#1
Canada ranks as 2nd happiest country

according to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Better Life Index

By Michael B. Sauter, Charles B. Stockdale, Douglas A. McIntyre
24/7 Wall St.
updated 6/6/2011 7:39:52 AM ET


What makes people happy? The question, which has been debated by philosophers for centuries, now is being tackled by international bureaucrats and the results are interesting, to say the least.

24/7 Wall St. analyzed the new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Better Life Index to objectively determine the happiest countries in the world. The Index is based on 11 measurements of quality of life including housing, income, jobs, community, education, the environment, health, work-life balance, and life satisfaction. We made “life satisfaction” the cornerstone of our index because it is as good a proxy for “happiness” as the survey provides. We then compared “life satisfaction” scores to the other measurements to find those economic and socio-political realities that had the highest and lowest correlation to happiness.

The happiest people in the developed world get loads of social services without having to work too hard. Having abundant natural resources, a thriving services sector and a fairly homogeneous population helps as well. The OECD study no doubt would have had different results had it included politically unstable countries in the Middle East or large emerging economies where political unrest threatens to bubble over such as China.

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Here's the top 10:

10. Austria
Life satisfaction score: 8.39
Debt as a percentage of GDP: 65.7 percent (23rd lowest highest)
Employment Rate: 7.87 (9th best)
Self-reported health: 6.57 (19th best)
Employees working long hours: 8.01 (24th best)
Disposable income: 5.34 (3rd best)
Educational attainment: 8.43 (13th best)
Life expectancy: 7.58 (13th best)

9. Israel
Life satisfaction score: 8.71
Debt as a percentage of GDP: 74.7 percent (26th lowest)
Employment Rate: 4.23 (25th best)
Self-reported health: 8.29 (10th best)
Employees working long hours: 5.05 (29th best)
Disposable income: n/a
Educational attainment: 8.46 (12th best)
Life expectancy: 8.24 (8th best)

8. Finland
Life satisfaction score: 8.71
Debt as a percentage of GDP: 41.6 percent (15th lowest)
Employment score: 6.77 (14th best)
Self-reported health: 6.25 (21st best)
Employees working long hours: 9.32 (9th best)
Disposable income: 4.38 (15th best)
Educational attainment: 8.43 (13th best)
Life expectancy: 6.92 (18th best)

7. Switzerland
Life satisfaction score: 9.03
Debt as a percentage of GDP: 20.2 percent (5th lowest)
Employment score: 10 (best)
Self-reported health: 8.51 (6th best)
Employees working long hours: 8.83 (17th best)
Disposable income: 5.3 (5th best)
Educational attainment: 9.35 (8th best)
Life expectancy: 9.45 (2nd best)

6. Sweden
Life satisfaction score: 9.03
Debt as a percentage of GDP: 33.7 percent (9th lowest)
Employment score: 8.18 (6th best)
Self-reported health: 8.19 (11th best)
Employees working long hours: 9.86 2nd best)
Disposable income: 5.02 (10th best)
Educational attainment: 9.06 (10th best)
Life expectancy: 8.35 (7th best)

5. The Netherlands
Life satisfaction score: 9.03
Debt as a percentage of GDP: 51.8 percent (20th lowest)
Employment score: 8.79 (4th best)
Self-reported health: 8.45 (7th best)
Employees working long hours: 10.0 (the best)
Disposable income: 4.86 (12th best)
Educational attainment: 7.19 (19th best)
Life expectancy: 7.25 (16th best)

4. Australia
Life satisfaction score: 9.03
Debt as a percentage of GDP: 10.9 percent (3rd lowest)
Employment score: 8.05 (8th best)
Self-reported health: 9.18 (4th best)
Employees working long hours: 6.96 (28th best)
Disposable income: 5.16 (8th best)
Educational attainment: 6.62 (22nd best)
Life expectancy: 8.68 (3rd best)

3. Norway
Life satisfaction score: 9.35
Debt as a percentage of GDP: 26 percent (third lowest)
Employment score: 8.98 (3rd best)
Self-reported health: 8.34 (9th best)
Employees working long hours: 9.47 (5th best)
Disposable income: 5.82 (2nd best)
Educational attainment: 8.37 (15th best)
Life expectancy: 7.69 (12th best)

2. Canada
Life satisfaction score: 9.68
Debt as a percentage of GDP: 36 percent (11th lowest)
Employment score: 7.86 (10th best)
Self-reported health: 9.73 (2nd best)
Employees working long hours: 9.28 (10th best)
Disposable income: 5.16 (8th best)
Educational attainment: 9.39 (6th best)
Life expectancy: 7.8 (10th best)

1. Denmark
Life satisfaction score: 10
Debt as a percentage of GDP: 39.5 percent (14th lowest)
Employment score: 8.4 (5th best)
Self-reported health: 7.37 (15th best)
Employees working long hours: 9.72 (3rd best)
Disposable income: 4.0 (18th best)
Educational attainment: 7.39 (18th best)
Life expectancy: 5.71 (25th best)
 
YukonJack
#2
Denmark might as well enjoy the glory for a very short time. I remember when Holland had that spot, until demographics changed. Sadly for Denmark, they are on the same direction as Holland. Or Germany. Or France. Or the United Kingdom.
 

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