Australia Named Best Place to Live and Work

For the third year running Australia has been named the best place to live and work in the OECD Better Life Index.

This comes after the UK was only ranked number 10 in the index. Australia has a happiness score of 7.2 out of 10, with the average being 6.6, plus a life expectancy of 82 years- two years above the average.

Australia is one of the most popular destinations for ex-pats to go on a working holiday, and it’s easy to see why, with the statistics showing that Australia is really one of the most satisfied countries in the world.

The only area where Australia performed badly was in the work-life balance, with over 14 percent of workers saying that they work more than 50 hours a week. This is quite a big difference in comparison to Denmark who only has 2 percent of workers putting more than 50 hours of work in a week.

However, this doesn’t seem to affect Australians’ overall happiness, with 84 per cent of people reporting that they have more positive experiences than negative ones in an average day.

The top 10 countries in the Better Life Index were as follows: Australia, Sweden, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, USA, Denmark, Netherlands, Iceland, and the UK. Turkey was ranked the lowest of the 36 countries in the index, performing under average in nearly all of the areas surveyed.

The rankings were based on 11 factors including income, housing, community, health and education, with each category rated on a 10-point scale.

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