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OECD ranks 25 best countries in the world to live in

Last updated on: May 30, 2012 12:20 IST

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has ranked countries in the OECD block based on quality of life.

The Index allows citizens to compare well-being across 34 countries, based on 11 dimensions the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life: housing, income, jobs, community, education, environment, governance, health, life satisfaction, safety, work-life balance.

Let's take a look at the best countries to live in, according to the OECD Index.

NOTE: The OECD has ranked the countries based on housing, income, jobs, community, education, etc, but which factor is the most important to you when it comes to ranking a country? At the end of the slideshow, we have provided a poll, so please click on it and tell us which is the deciding factor for you. The OECD has not ranked India as it's not part of the group.

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Image: People ride on their bicycles near the Brdy military training area near the village of Podluhy, southwest of Prague.
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Australia

Households' income: $54,844

Employment rate: 83 per cent

Personal earnings: $82,202

Job security: 7.61 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 0.53 per cent

Global rank: 1

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Image: Shoppers at an outdoor mall in Melbourne.
Photographs: Mick Tsikas/Reuters

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The United States

Households' income: $81,878

Employment rate: 83 per cent

Personal earnings: $109,508

Job security: 11.38 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 1.22 per cent

Global rank: 2

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Image: People sit under a canopy of fall leaves during a warm afternoon in Boston.
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Sweden

Households' income: $46,543

Employment rate: 88 per cent

Personal earnings: $60,950

Job security: 5.45 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 0.77 per cent

Global rank: 3

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Image: Pedestrians walk down the main shopping street in Stockholm's Gamla Stan or Old Town district.
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Denmark

Households' income: $39,934

Employment rate: 89 per cent

Personal earnings: $77,496

Job security: 7.75 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 0.93 per cent

Global rank: 4

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Image: A dog sits as he waits next to his owner to cross a street in Copenhagen.
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Canada

Households' income: $53,988

Employment rate: 82 per cent

Personal earnings: $83,597

Job security: 11.26 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 0.65 per cent

Global rank: 5

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Switzerland

Households' income: $53,546

Employment rate: 90 per cent

Personal earnings: $93,112

Job security: 5.07 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 0.88 per cent

Global rank: 6

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Image: People walk on Zurich's main shopping street Bahnhofstrasse.
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The Netherlands

Households' income: $49,361

Employment rate: 88 per cent

Personal earnings: $85,335

Job security: 3.05 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 0.71 per cent

Global rank: 7

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Image: Two women ride their bicycles on the Lindengracht in Amsterdam.
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New Zealand

Households' income: $38,025

Employment rate: 83 per cent

Personal earnings: $59,688

Job security: N/A

Long-term unemployment rate: 0.42 per cent

Global rank: 8

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Luxembourg

Households' income: $66,656

Employment rate: 83 per cent

Personal earnings: $103,670

Job security: 3.86 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: N/A

Global rank: 9

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Image: A view of the city of Luxembourg.
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Finland

Households' income: $43,864

Employment rate: 86 per cent

Personal earnings: $61,472

Job security: 5.87 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 1.02 per cent

Global rank: 10

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Image: A cafe in the square of the Three Blacksmiths, Helsinki.
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The United Kingdom

Households' income: $55,138

Employment rate: N/A

Personal earnings: $81,762

Job security: 4.81 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 1.43 per cent

Global rank: 11

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Image: A man crosses the Mall, decked out in Union flags and with Buckingham Palace in the background, in London.
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Iceland

Households' income: $48,014

Employment rate: 90 per cent

Personal earnings: $93,821

Job security: 6.55 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 1.12 per cent

Global rank: 12

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Image: People travel in a boat as they pass blocks of ice from Breidamerkurjokull's Vatnajokull glacier, about 380km from Reykjavik.
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Belgium

Households' income: $46,596

Employment rate: 83 per cent

Personal earnings: $69,664

Job security: 4.24 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 2.1 per cent

Global rank: 13

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Image: People rest in the Parc du Cinquantenaire of Brussels.
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Ireland

Households' income: $45,487

Employment rate: 84 per cent

Personal earnings: $93,956

Job security: 4.33 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 3.72 per cent

Global rank: 14

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Austria

Households' income: $48,785

Employment rate: 86 per cent

Personal earnings: $77,208

Job security: 5.83 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 0.51 per cent

Global rank: 15

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Image: General view of the area of New Danube in Vienna.
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Germany

Households' income: $53,083

Employment rate: 86 per cent

Personal earnings: $73,741

Job security: 4.86 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 1.5 per cent

Global rank: 16

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France

Households' income: $53,608

Employment rate: 81 per cent

Personal earnings: $68,727

Job security: 4.76 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 2.24 per cent

Global rank: 17

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Image: A general view shows the Champs Elysees Avenue and the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris.
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Spain

Households' income: $45,689

Employment rate: N/A

Personal earnings: $61,055

Job security: 5.89 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: N/A

Global rank: 18

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Slovenia

Households' income: $32,258

Employment rate: 87 per cent

Personal earnings: N/A

Job security: N/A

Long-term unemployment rate: 2.34 per cent

Global rank: 19

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Image: River Ljubljanica near closed market in old part of Ljubljana.
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Japan

Households' income: $46,436

Employment rate: 75 per cent

Personal earnings: $61,431

Job security: N/A

Long-term unemployment rate: 1.22 per cent

Global rank: 20

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Italy

Households' income: $48,972

Employment rate: 78 per cent

Personal earnings: $55,044

Job security: 3.98 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 2.83 per cent

Global rank: 21

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Image: An advertisement is seen on Duomo cathedral as people walk across Duomo square in Milan.
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Czech Republic

Households' income: $29,716

Employment rate: 83 per cent

Personal earnings: $36,523

Job security: 4.04 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 1.2 per cent

Global rank: 22

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South Korea

Households' income: $31,723

Employment rate: 77 per cent

Personal earnings: $64,229

Job security: 13.10 per cent

Long-term unemployment rate: 0.01 per cent

Global rank: 23

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Image: A woman reads a book beside a bronze statue in front of Sejong Centre for the Performing Arts in central Seoul.
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Israel

Households' income: $42,338

Employment rate: 82 per cent

Personal earnings: $69,915

Job security: N/A

Long-term unemployment rate: 0.96 per cent

Global rank: 24

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Slovakia

Households' income: $27,984

Employment rate: 84 per cent

Personal earnings: $34,051

Job security: N/A

Long-term unemployment rate: 3.22 per cent

Global rank: 25

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The OECD has ranked the countries based on factors such as housing, job, environment and education. But which factor do you think should play the most important role when ranking a country? Take this poll and tell us:



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