Society at a Glance 2016

OECD Social Indicators

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Published on October 05, 2016

Also available in: French

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 26 languages

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


Acronyms and conventional signs
Executive summary
The NEET challenge: What can be done for jobless and disengaged youth?
Interpreting OECD social indicators
General context indicators5 chapters available
Household income
Demographic trends
Self-sufficiency indicators5 chapters available
Education spending
Labour market entry
Equity indicators5 chapters available
Income inequality
Living on benefits
Social spending
Recipients of out-of-work benefits
Health indicators5 chapters available
Life expectancy
Perceived health status
Health spending
Tobacco and alcohol consumption
Social cohesion indicators5 chapters available
Life satisfaction
Crime and prisoners
Social networks
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press & overview information







  • 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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Society at a Glance 2016: Facts and figures



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