Australia Named “World’s Happiest Country” for the Third Time, 2013 Top 10 List Announced

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

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