How’s life?

There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics – This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life.

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Mapping well-being

The blog has moved!

The Better Life Index blog has been migrated to the OECD Insights blog. Please visit for all future posts.

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Football, Brazil and Better Life

Is there more to life than football? Find out about the launch of the new Portuguese version of the Better Life Index.

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The dangers of breathing at work

Read our blog for World Environment Day and find out how air pollution at the office can affect your health and well-being.

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The two faces of happiness

How happy are you with your life during the last month? Find out how the happiness you remember is different from the happiness you actually experienced.

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The importance of quality jobs

We all worry about not having a job, but we should also worry if we have a good job as it could determine how healthy we are.

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Is GDP still useful?

For decades we have used GDP as the measure of progress, but is it still appropriate in our current society?

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Create your Better Life Index

What is your recipe for a better life — a good education, clean air, nice home, money?


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See how your country measures up on the topics important to you