Italian men don’t like housework, Canada has too many rooms, and eight other data updates on the world

Economists are usually a lot more concerned about how an economy is doing than how the people in it are doing.

But there is a branch of econometrics that focuses on the well-being of populations rather than the quarterly meanderings of somewhat abstract concepts like gross domestic product. One source of such data is the OECD, often referred to as a think tank focusing on economic policy for rich countries. A fresh report out this morning attempts to answer the the basic question “How’s life?” for people in different populations. It’s chock-a-block with interesting tidbits, as well as a fair number of fascinating charts. Here are just a few that lay out some of the remarkable distinctions between the world’s developed economies.

Americans still have the most cash to play with …

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But the Swiss, Japanese and Italians live the longest. (And Russian lifespans are still shockingly short.)

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People in Turkey and Mexico work incredibly long hours.

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And Finland and Japan have some of the most literate and numerate populations.

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A benefit of living on a small island? The Icelandic and the Irish are the tightest with their friends and families.

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In most countries, voter turnout is falling. It’s highest in Australia, where voting is compulsory.

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Mexico is very violent and getting worse. (Most murders there are never solved.) Russia and Estonia have both become far safer.

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The Swiss, the Dutch and the Nordics are the most satisfied with their lives. (More on the Cantril Ladder here.)

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Italian men do a ton less housework than Italian women.

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And Canada has far too many rooms. Another example of froth in housing?

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