OECD – How’s Life ?

The OECD has published the second edition of its study: “How’s life? ” To establish the well-being of populations. While the global economic crisis has had a significant impact on the quality of life of populations, France is doing pretty well . Could the eternal complainers be finally happy?

The study ” How’s Life ? ” is part of the Better Life Initiative of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) launched in 2011 to measure well-being and progress beyond traditional indicators such as GDP . The other part of this initiative, the Better Life Index , allows everyone to compare countries according to their own vision of well-being , taking into account indicators such as health , employment , housing, income, the public sphere, education or sense of belonging.


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The crisis makes us blue !
First conclusion of this study : the global economic crisis continues to undermine the morale of the OECD countries . This study makes us realize the human cost of the crisis, whether on health issues, loss of employment and income, or social ties . “This study reminds us of the reality ,” said the Secretary General of the OECD , Angel Gurría . “We must keep in mind that economic policies have for primary mission to improve the lives of everyone. We need to rethink the needs of citizens and put it to the heart of the development of public policy . “ The subjective well-being has been deteriorated in the countries most affected by the crisis. Between 2007 and 2012 , this feeling of satisfaction with life has fallen by an average of over 20 % in Greece, 12 % in Spain and 10 % in Italy. Yet moderate increases are noted for Germany, Israel, Mexico , Russia and Sweden.

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(Photo credit: Flickr – wlappe )

What about France ?
The Hexagon is doing pretty well in the rankings and is among the best performing countries on many criteria. In general, French people are more satisfied with life than most OECD citizens . In France , 83 % of respondents indicate they have more positive experiences in an average day (feelings of rest, pride in accomplishment , enjoyment, etc . ) than negative ones (pain , worry, sadness, boredom , etc . ) . This is slightly above the average of OECD countries , which stood at 80%.

Expatriates, make your own ranking !
And you, are you happy? How’s Life ? offers the opportunity for Internet users to establish their own level of satisfaction and well-being , playing on the importance given to various criteria , such as housing, income, employment, safety , environment, education … In total 11 variables that you can modulate according to your priorities and help you in this interactive interface to define your level of well-being in the country where you live: http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/fr/