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Wellbeing – young people worldwide

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How do young people in your region fare by comparison with the same age group in other countries? To find out, why not look at the OECD Index and the Global Youth Wellbeing Index for young people?

OECD Better Life Index

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) runs the Better Life Initiative, which produces statistics on material living conditions and quality of life (health, education and the environment). The figures, broken down by country, age and sex, show the relative progress of societies around the world. Use the interactive map to see which regions score best on the various dimensions of wellbeing.


The average level of overall life satisfaction across the OECD is 6.6, and Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland have the highest scores.


65% of people of working age (15 - 64) have paid work. Rates are highest in Iceland (82%), Switzerland (80%) and Norway (75%), and lowest in Greece (49%), Turkey (50%) and Spain (56%).


There is also a gender gap in employment. Overall, 58% of women have a job, compared with 73% of men. The gap is widest in Turkey and Mexico and narrowest in Canada, Estonia and the European Nordic countries.


As for civic engagement, voter turnout averaged 68% in OECD countries. On average, women hold only about 28% of seats in national parliaments.


Global Youth Wellbeing Index

The Global Youth Wellbeing Index gathers and links youth-related data to assess and compare young people’s wellbeing around the world. Scores are given for 6 aspects of life:

  • citizen participation
  • economic opportunity
  • education
  • health
  • information & communications technology (ICT)
  • safety & security.


Scores take account of indicators based on people's perceptions, as the level of dissatisfaction among young people does not always reflect their degree of prosperity.


Most young people experience relatively low levels of wellbeing. Only 15% rate it as high or even moderate. In general, young people score highest for health and lowest for economic opportunities, even in countries where overall wellbeing is high.


Over two thirds of countries perform above average on health. While high-income countries tend to have comparatively lower fertility and mortality rates, levels of youth depression and stress are often higher.

Published: Fri, 27/11/2015 - 18:42

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