Australia was named “World’s Most Happiest Country” in the world today. The results was based on criteria including satisfaction, work-life balance, income and housing.

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Australia beat Sweden and Canada to take the No. 1 spot in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Better Life Index.

OECD said Australians felt “a strong sense of community and high levels of civic participation,” with 94% of people feeling like they knew someone to rely on should they need help.

Sweden came second in the survey, with the same life expectancy as Australia but a lower disposable income of $26,242. Employment for those aged between 15 and 64, sits at 74%, and in general, Swedes are “more satisfied with their lives than the OECD average,” the survey found.


While Canada was ranked third, with 72% of those aged between 15 and 64 employed, and an average household disposable income of $28,194.

The other countries to make it into the top ten of the Better Life index were, in order: Norway, Switzerland, United States of America, Denmark, Netherlands, Iceland, and the United Kingdom.

Source: CNN