How's Life? 2017

Measuring Well-being

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Published on November 15, 2017

Also available in: French

How’s Life? 2017 charts the promises and pitfalls for people’s well-being in 35 OECD countries and 6 partner countries. It presents the latest evidence from 50 indicators, covering both current well-being outcomes and resources for future well-being, and including changes since 2005. During this period there have been signs of progress, but gains in some aspects of life have been offset by losses elsewhere. This fourth edition highlights the many faces of inequality, showing that gaps in people’s achievements and opportunities extend right across the different dimensions of well-being. It exposes divisions according to age, gender, and education, and reveals pockets of inequality in all OECD countries. It also brings to light the many well-being disadvantages that migrants face in adapting to life abroad. Additionally, the report examines governance as seen from the citizen’s perspective, revealing gaps between public institutions and the people they serve. Finally, it provides a country-by-country perspective, pinpointing strengths, challenges and changes in well-being over time in 41 country profiles.How’s Life? is part of the OECD Better Life Initiative, which features a range of studies and analysis about people’s well-being and how to measure it, and includes the interactive Better Life Index website. 

SUMMARIESavailable in 26 languages

English How's Life? 2017 (Summary in English)
French Comment va la vie ? 2017
Spanish ¿Cómo va la vida? 2017
German How's Life? 2017
Japanese How's Life? 2017
Italian Come va la vita? 2017
Chinese 2017年生活满意度调查
Czech Jak se máme? 2017
Danish Hvordan er livet? 2017
Dutch Hoe is het leven? 2017
Estonian Milline on elu? 2017
Finnish Millaista on elämä? 2017
Greek Πώς είναι η ζωή; 2017
Hebrew איך החיים? 2017
Hungarian Milyen az élet? 2017
Icelandic Hvernig er lífið? 2017
Korean 2017년 삶의 질(How's Life? 2017)
Latvian Kā iet? 201
Norwegian Hvordan er livet? 2017
Polish Źyć lepiej 2017
Portuguese Como está a vida? 2017
Russian Какова жизнь? 2017
Slovak Ako sa žije? 2017
Slovene Kako živimo? 2017
Swedish Hur är livet? 2017
Turkish Hayat Nasıl Gidiyor? 2017


Editorial: Achieving Well-Being for All
Reader's guide
Executive summary
How's Life in 2017?
Measuring inequalities in well-being
Migrants' well-being: Moving to a better life?
Governance and well-being
Country profiles and OECD partner countries46 chapters available
Reader's guide to the country profiles
How's life in Australia?
How's life in Austria?
How's life in Belgium?
How's life in Canada?
How's life in Chile?
How's life in the Czech Republic?
How's life in Denmark?
How's life in Estonia?
How's life in Finland?
How's life in France?
How's life in Germany?
How's life in Greece?
How's life in Hungary?
How's life in Iceland?
How's life in Ireland?
How's life in Israel?
How's life in Italy?
How's life in Japan?
How's life in Korea?
How's life in Latvia?
How's life in Luxembourg?
How's life in Mexico?
How's life in The Netherlands?
How's life in New Zealand?
How's life in Norway?
How's life in Poland?
How's life in Portugal?
How's life in the Slovak Republic?
How's life in Slovenia?
How's life in Spain?
How's life in Sweden?
How's life in Switzerland?
How's life in Turkey?
How's life in the United Kingdom?
How's life in the United States?
How's life in Brazil?
How's life in Colombia?
How's life in Costa Rica?
How's life in Lithuania?
How's life in the Russian Federation?
How's life in South Africa?
Notes and references
Assessment of change over time in the country profiles
Online Data Annex: Current Well-Being
Online Data Annex: Resources for Future Well-Being
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Key findings 

>> New OECD data expose deep well-being divisions (news release)

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What's the story

Main facts

Key findings by country

These country notes present selected findings from the How’s Life? report, and show what users of the Better Life Index in specific countries are telling us about their well-being priorities.


Playing with the data

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