For the third year in a row, Australia has been ranked the happiest place to live by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The survey by the OECD looked at 36 industrialised nations, and based their results on 11 different parameters to happiness. These parameters are housing, income, jobs, community, education, environment, civic engagement, health, safety, work to life balance and life satisfaction. Our infographic looks at the breakdown of the facts and figures.
Although Australians have more shared rooms per person than the OECD average, 90% say they are satisifed with their current homes. While it used to be the great Australian dream, owning a big house in the suburbs is now well down the list of priorities. Nowadays people prefer financial security and although Sydney and Melbourne are the third and fourth most expensive cities in the world, Australian households are fortunate to have high levels of disposable income. 73% of people aged 15 to 64 have a paid job, with 14% of employees working very long hours. This could be why Australia, along with Germany and Canada, is one of the few G20 economies to hold on to their AAA credit rating, making it a very attractive country to work in.
The work to life balance is also better in Australia, where on average fewer hours are worked annually, meaning people have more time for family, friends and leisure activities. Apart from the well-known barbie on the beach and being a surfer’s paradise, Australia has so much more to offer. From coral reefs to rain forests, deserts to winter sports, Australians can also indulge in adventures in the outback and off-road safaris. When they get tired of back-packing there are 5 star luxury hotels in fantastic cities that are full of theatres, restaurants, cosmopolitan shopping and nightlife.
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