Nine charts that tell you where life is pretty terrific and where people are miserable

March 18, 2014
March 18, 2014

The Paris-based think tank known as the OECD is just out with its semi-annual survey of how different economies stack up in terms of social well-being. (Well-being is basically the polite way economists talk about happiness.) The organization even has a new data visualization to let you see where your country ranks in certain key measures.

Called “Society at a Glance,” the report is well worth a read. But here are some of the most interesting bits of data we found, in no particular order.

Indonesians feel very safe walking home at night

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China and India have the highest marriage rates

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US spending on health care is still an outlier

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The Czech Republic is tops in divorce

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The French spend the most on their social safety net

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The deep recession in Greece has destroyed faith in the national government

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The Swiss live the longest

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Korea continues to be a troubling outlier in suicides

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And the Swiss pretty much win at life

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