In Which Country Would You Be Happiest?

Every four years, half of the United States loudly threatens to move to the land of socialism and factory hospitals, Canada – the other half to the lands of guns ‘n banks, Switzerland. Is life that much better in one of the Empire’s outlying provinces or is it a case of the grass-is-greener?

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) may have put that question to rest with a fun and handy, online tool that allows users to rank the importance they place on one of several lifestyle factors: Income, Jobs, Housing, Safety, Community, Civic Engagement, Health, Life Satisfaction, Work-Life Balance, Environment and Education. Using data from the latest OECD statistical surveys, the app returns an ordered ranking of the countries that best fit the user’s selected criteria from among the 34 member states of the OECD.

If you’re a one-issue decider, and reset all option sliders to zero – but “max-out” one category – the top states are:

Jobs: Switzerland
Life Satisfaction: Switzerland
Housing: United States
Income: United States
Community: Iceland
Education: Finland
Environment: Sweden
Civic Engagement: Australia
Health: New Zealand
Safety: Japan
Work-Life Balance: Denmark

In other words, despite comprising 75-percent of the member states of the OECD, the European Union managed only to score 27-percent of the top spots (kudos to Denmark, Sweden and Finland).

Users can also check to see who would be better where. For instance, 25 year-old British men would be happier in Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, Norway, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Iceland, Finland or New Zealand before Britain itself. Maybe that’s why they’re always rioting?

This Canadian’s results were: Canada, Switzerland and the USA. What were yours? Find out and report!


8 Comments on "In Which Country Would You Be Happiest?"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | May 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm |

    I just don’t understand why citizenship has to be determined by geography. Why can’t actual flesh-and-blood people simply check a box as to which political entity they want to belong to? Corporations do it all the time.

    • Liam_McGonagle | May 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm |

      I guess I am a Swedish/Norwegian/Danish/Swiss/Finn trapped in an Irish American body. I’m roughly 2/10ths of a point behind the typical score for both Irish and Americans.

    • That is a neat idea, globalizing political allegiances. You could have the choice of high tax/high service or low tax/low services..etc..

    • InfvoCuernos | May 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm |

      I think the main reason this wouldn’t work would be law enforcement.

  2. Anarchy Pony | May 29, 2013 at 6:24 pm |

    I don’t want to live in a country, just a region. Along the Middle Pacific coast of North America.

  3. BuzzCoastin | May 29, 2013 at 8:33 pm |

    this is a list of normal places for normal people
    here’s some alternative ideas:

    Switzerland sucks unless you’re Swiss
    the northern European countries are great 2 months a year
    the EU in general is a nice place to visit, but wouldn’t wanna live there
    (maybe Portugal in the south or southwestern Spain)

    if you have a few bucks saved up & wanna live large on inflated $$
    Thailand’s great, but you gotta like hot weather
    Burma’s kewl, but it’s still the 12th century there
    Loas is a great place to chill & get lost in the non-crowd
    Cambodia is for the adventurous

  4. Give this one a shot, as well (but beware of those Heritage and Freedom House sources!):

  5. so who was polled? results seem pretty anglo weighted. btw, i’m anglo and would prefer many places over any e.u. puppet state…

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