Canada Among the Best Countries to Live in

May 30, 2013

Canada Among the Best Countries to Live in, According to a Report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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According to OECD’s Better Life Index, Canada is among the leaders in most of the 24 indicators considered essential to well-being.

The Paris-based organization does not give an overall ranking, but if all the indicators are added up, Canada would come in third behind Australia and Sweden.

Canada performs exceptionally well in terms of safety, health, housing, environment, community and work-life balance.

Generally, key findings from shared indexes show that people care more about their life satisfaction, health and education than their material needs.

However, priorities vary when looking at specific regions of the world. For instance, users in Africa and Latin America give more weight to material conditions than users in North America.

Women and men agree on the importance of most dimensions of well-being, but men tend to care more about income and less about community, health and work-life balance.

The importance of health and civic engagement increases with age, while younger people tend to attach greater importance to work-life balance.

Education is an important dimension of well-being regardless of people’s age, according to the OECD.

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Source: La Presse Canadienne

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