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Society at a Glance 2016

OECD Social Indicators

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Published on October 05, 2016

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This is the eighth edition of Society at a Glance, the biennial OECD overview of social indicators. This report addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends. It updates some indicators included in the previous editions published since 2001 and introduces several new ones, with 25 indicators in total. It includes data for the 35 OECD member countries and where available data for key partners (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa); other G20 countries (Argentina and Saudi Arabia) are also included. The report features a special chapter on the NEET challenge and what can be done for jobless and disengaged youth. It also provides a guide to help readers in understanding the structure of OECD social indicators. All indicators are available as a web book and an e-book on OECD iLibrary.
 

SUMMARIESavailable in 25 languages

English Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in English)
Spanish Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Spanish) Panorama de la Sociedad 2016
German Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in German) Gesellschaft auf einen Blick 2016
Japanese Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Japanese) 図表で見る社会2016
Italian Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Italian) Uno sguardo sulla società 2016
Chinese Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Chinese) 社会概览2016
Czech Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Czech) Letmý pohled na společnost v roce 2016
Danish Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Danish) Social oversigt 2016
Dutch Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Dutch) Maatschappij in een oogopslag 2016
Estonian Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Estonian) Ühiskond lähivaates 2016
Finnish Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Finnish) Yhteiskuntakatsaus 2016
Greek Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Greek) Η κοινωνία με μια ματιά 2016
Hebrew Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Hebrew) חברה במבט חטוף 2016
Hungarian Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Hungarian) Társadalmi körkép 2016
Icelandic Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Icelandic) Samfélagið í hnotskurn 2016
Korean Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Korean) 2016년도 사회부문 개요
Latvian Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Latvian) Sabiedrības apskats 2016
Norwegian Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Norwegian) Et blikk på samfunnet – 2016
Polish Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Polish) Społeczeństwo w skrócie 2015
Portuguese Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Portuguese) Panorama da Sociedade 2016
Russian Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Russian) Взгляд на общество 2016
Slovak Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Slovak) Prehľad o spoločnosti 2016
Slovene Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Slovenian) Pogled na družbo 2016
Swedish Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Swedish) Samhällsöversikt 2016
Turkish Society at a Glance 2016 (Summary in Turkish) 2016 Tek Bakışta Toplum

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Acronyms and conventional signs
Executive summary
The NEET challenge: What can be done for jobless and disengaged youth?
Interpreting OECD social indicators
Household income
Fertility
Migration
Family
Demographic trends
Employment
Unemployment
Skills
Education spending
Labour market entry
Income inequality
Poverty
Living on benefits
Social spending
Recipients of out-of-work benefits
Life expectancy
Perceived health status
Suicide
Health spending
Tobacco and alcohol consumption
Life satisfaction
Trust
Voting
Crime and prisoners
Social networks
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HIGHLIGHTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

  • 15% of youth in OECD area were not in employment, education or training (NEET) in 2015, that's ~40 million people @OECD
  • Fertility has dropped dramatically across OECD: 2.7 children per woman of childbearing age in 1970 to 1.7 in 2014 @OECD_Social
  • On average, Youth are replacing the elderly as group most at risk of #poverty: 14% are living in poverty across OECD @OECD_Social
  • Smoking rates down by almost 1/4 in the OECD area since 2000 @OECD 
  • Average alcohol consumption per year decreased by two-thirds of a litre since 2000, from 9.5 to 8.9 litres in 2014 @OECD_Social
  • About 2/3 of OECD countries reported drop in life satisfaction since start of the crisis @OECD_Social
  • Girls currently less happy than boys across the OECD. Closing the gender gap means starting early @OECD_Social
  • Where is voter turnout highest & lowest? Great variation across OECD countries @OECD_Social
  • Just not interested in #politics? OECD avg shows 1 out of 5 agree @OECD

 

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