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15 countries providing highest quality of life

Last updated on: May 31, 2013 10:18 IST

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The OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - has ranked countries that provide the highest quality of life.

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Image: A view of Canary Wharf business district in London.
Photographs: Toby Melville/Reuters

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Australia

Average household disposable income: $28,884

Income inequality: Top 20 per cent earn six times as much as the bottom 20 per cent

Employment: 73 per cent have a paid job

Work hours: 1,693 hours a year

Global rank in quality of life: 1

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Image: A shopping complex in Melbourne.
Photographs: Mick Tsikas/Reuters
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Sweden

Average household disposable income: $26,242

Income inequality: Top 20 per cent earn four times as much as the bottom 20 per cent

Employment: 74 per cent have a paid job

Work hours: 1,644 hours a year

Global rank in quality of life: 2

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Image: A view of Stockholm, Sweden.
Photographs: Ints Kalnins/Reuters
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Canada

Average household disposable income: $28,194

Income inequality: Top 20 per cent earn five times as much as the bottom 20 per cent

Employment: 72 per cent have a paid job

Work hours: 1,702 hours a year

Global rank in quality of life: 3

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Image: A worker cleans away snow around the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.
Photographs: Christopher Pike/Reuters
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Norway

Average household disposable income: $31,459

Income inequality: Top 20 per cent earn four times as much as the bottom 20 per cent

Employment: 75 per cent have a paid job

Work hours: 1,426 hours a year

Global rank in quality of life: 4

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Image: The Royal Palace is seen at the end of Karl Johans Gate in Oslo, Norway.
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Switzerland

Average household disposable income: $30,060

Income inequality: Top 20 per cent earn five times as much as the bottom 20 per cent

Employment: 79 per cent have a paid job

Work hours: 1,632 hours a year

Global rank in quality of life: 5

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Image: People walk on Zurich's main shopping street Bahnhofstrasse.
Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

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The United States

Average household disposable income: $38,001

Income inequality: Top 20 per cent earn eight times as much as the bottom 20 per cent

Employment: 67 per cent have a paid job

Work hours: 1,787 hours a year

Global rank in quality of life: 6

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Image: A view of Boston, Massachusetts.
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Denmark

Average household disposable income: $24,682

Income inequality: Top 20 per cent earn four times as much as the bottom 20 per cent

Employment: 73 per cent have a paid job

Work hours: 1,522 hours a year

Global rank in quality of life: 7

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Image: Cars travel along the Oresund Bridge. The bridge, which links the city of Malmo in Sweden to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, has a total length of 7,845m.
Photographs: Yves Herman/Reuters
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The Netherlands

Average household disposable income: $25,493

Income inequality: Top 20 per cent earn five times as much as the bottom 20 per cent

Employment: 75 per cent have a paid job

Work hours: 1,379 hours a year

Global rank in quality of life: 8

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Image: Cyclists visit a Dutch tulip field in Noordwijk.
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Iceland

Average household disposable income: $23,047

Income inequality: N/A

Employment: 79 per cent have a paid job

Work hours: 1,732 hours a year

Global rank in quality of life: 9

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Image: People walk past Harpa Concert Hall in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland.
Photographs: Ingolfur Juliusson/Reuters
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The United Kingdom

Average household disposable income: $26,904

Income inequality: Top 20 per cent earn six times as much as the bottom 20 per cent

Employment: 70 per cent have a paid job

Work hours: 1,625 hours a year

Global rank in quality of life: 10

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Image: Pedestrian cross the diagonal crossing at Oxford Circus in London.
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New Zealand

Average household disposable income: $21,892

Income inequality: Top 20 per cent earn five times as much as the bottom 20 per cent

Employment: 73 per cent have a paid job

Work hours: 1,762 hours a year

Global rank in quality of life: 11

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Image: People cross a street after rainfall in central Auckland.
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Finland

Average household disposable income: $25,739

Income inequality: Top 20 per cent earn four times as much as the bottom 20 per cent

Employment: 69 per cent have a paid job

Work hours: 1,684 hours a year

Global rank in quality of life: 12

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Image: Visitors walk down the main street at Moomin World theme park in Naatali, Finland.
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Austria

Average household disposable income: $28,852

Income inequality: Top 20 per cent earn four times as much as the bottom 20 per cent

Employment: 72 per cent have a paid job

Work hours: 1,600 hours a year

Global rank in quality of life: 13

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Image: A view of Vienna International Center and UN headquarters in Vienna.
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Luxembourg

Average household disposable income: $23,047

Income inequality: N/A

Employment: 65 per cent have a paid job

Work hours: 1,776 hours a year

Global rank in quality of life: 14

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Image: A woman reads during a sunny day in the city of Luxembourg.
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Ireland

Average household disposable income: $24,104

Income inequality: Top 20 per cent earn five times as much as the bottom 20 per cent

Employment: 60 per cent have a paid job

Work hours: 1,543 hours a year

Global rank in quality of life: 15


Image: A woman cycles past the 'Coffee To Get Her' restaurant near Dublin city centre, which becomes a bar and club in the evenings.
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