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Canadians among top seven nations for living well, says OECD ranking


OTTAWA – When it comes to measuring the good life, Canada is among the world’s top spots for individual well-being, according to report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The others in the top category are Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, the U.S. and Norway.

The Paris-based organization does not issue a specific ranking, but OECD officials said the countries in the highest tier scored in the top 20 per cent in all 11 major categories assessed, including income and wealth, employment, health status, housing, education expectancy and attainment, work-life balance and personal security.

Canadian scored at or near the top in terms of having a low long-term unemployment rate, health status, housing, education and skills, social connections, personal security (low crime), and in life satisfaction.

In terms of self-reported life satisfaction, residents of Switzerland profess to be most satisfied with their lot, while those in Hungary the least. Canadians place eighth among the 36 OECD industrialized nations.

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Canadians among top seven nations for living well, says OECD ranking

  1. Unless you’re on a reserve of course.

    • Then get off the Reserve and join society!!!!!!!

      • Well, we put them ON reserves….and they don’t even own the reserves in most cases….and yet now we want them to give even that up.

        We’ll then get all that land and the resources back…without a messy fight

        And of course the natives will be assimilated…just like us….because we’re ‘society’….right? They’ll be insurance agents and factory workers and farmers and used car salesmen….and normal, right?

        We’ve tried assimilation before of course….the last time we called it ‘residential schools’.

        You know….what if we just kept our bargain with them….and settled the land claims and so on?

        • Right on, Emily.

  2. I love that the very next article is entitled “More than 800,000 Canadians still relying on food banks, study shows”. Me thinks the OECD needs to rethink their equations.

    • Is that high relative to other countries? 45 million Americans are on food stamps.