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The Netherlands is the 8th best place to live in the world

Rankings 18 June 2013, 13:30

Holland is ranked 8th in the Better Life Index ranking that was recently published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This ranking compared the quality of life in the 36 most developed countries in the world.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Netherlands is ranked 8th in the Better Life Index ranking that was recently published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This ranking compared the quality of life in the 36 most developed countries in the world. 11 categories, including health and safety, education, income, and work-life balance, were studied to reach the results.

Holland scored very well in almost all categories, especially in work-life balance (2nd place after Denmark), jobs (4th), and life satisfaction (6th). Nearly 75% of adults here have a job, which is 9% higher than the average employment rate in OECD countries. At the same time, people in these other countries work almost 400 hours more per year than the Dutch.

While the education level in The Netherlands is about the same as in the other OECD countries, Dutch students have shown higher scores in reading literature, math, and science. This level of knowledge makes Holland one of the strongest among OECD countries in the terms of student skills.

Environment and safety are the categories where Holland still needs to improve. The level of the atmospheric pollution here is noticeably higher than the OECD average. This can cause a negative effect on the nation’s health, even though the quality of water in the country is quite good. Although people in The Netherlands become victims of various crimes slightly more often than average in OECD countries, those crimes are mostly light ones.

OECD also offers a feature that allows visitors to form their own Better Life Index. If you feel that certain categories are more important for you than others you can change their values at the ranking’s website to see alternate overall ranking results.

Source: oecdbetterlifeindex.org

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