Better Life Index

In: Culture Global Economy

11 Jun 2011

The OECD’s Better Life Index covers 34 countries and is based on 11 topics (housing, income, jobs, community, education, environment, governance, health, life satisfaction, safety, and work-life balance). The ratings are graphed as (kind of) cute petals on country “flowers”. The cool part of their interactive data exploration tool is that you can assign your own priorities as to which of the 11 topics is most important, and see how countries’ rankings change. You could quibble with the statistical accuracy of some of the indicators – but overall, it’s a well executed cross-country comparison.image

1 Response to Better Life Index



June 13th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Cool chart, except for the health ratings. Life expectancy is such a B.S. statistic. Some countries terminate pregnancies with potential health issues more often than others, so their life expectancy rates are much higher. Also, traffic accidents and homicides are very tenuously related to overall health, especially since you have a separate indicator for safety. See

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