We’re happy and we know it

OECD study finds that Israelis are among most content in Western world despite low ranking on income and education.

Israelis are among the happiest people in the Western world, despite poor rankings of many of the criteria in a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The OECD recently published its Better Life Index analyzing the quality of life among its 34 member countries, which includes Israel, and two nonmembers, Brazil and Russia.

Israel came out on in the Top 10 in two measures: health (Israel ranked in fifth out of 36) and happiness (eighth).

The study showed, however, that Israel scored poorly in other criteria in the study including work and life balance (32), housing (28), income (18), civil engagement (27), education (15) and environment (27).

“People in Israel work 1,889 hours a year, higher than the OECD average of 1,749 hours,” the report reads. “The share of employees working more than 50 hours per week is not very large across OECD countries. However, in Israel, some 19% of employees work very long hours, one of the highest in the OECD where the average is nine percent.”

Yet, despite the hard work, Israelis still recorded a high happiness ranking.

“When asked to rate their general satisfaction with life on a scale from 0 to 10, Israelis gave it a 7.4 grade, higher than the OECD average of 6.7,” the report shows.

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About Viva Sarah Press

Viva Sarah Press is an associate editor and writer at ISRAEL21c. She has extensive experience in reporting/editing in the print, online and broadcast fields. Her work has been published by international media outlets including Israel Television, CNN, Reuters, The Jerusalem Post and Time Out.
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=820850149 Cathrine Victoria Paulsen

    When did Israel become a part of the western world? I thought that they were located in the Middle East??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=820850149 Cathrine Victoria Paulsen

    Huh….. when did Israel become a part of the western world? According to my map Israel is located in the Middle East….

  • http://www.facebook.com/william.mault.7 Bill Mault

    That chick should be happy, she’s a cutie!