In the winter of 1985 I was driving through the Mojave Desert with a friend, talking about our apparent need for new river gear. As we passed the Twenty Nine Palms Marine Base, a man unexpectedly appeared on the side of the road selling used ammo cans. My friend and I laughed wildly and quickly came to realize that the moment was "All In A Days' Karma". This blog contains the occasional ramblings of a died-in-the-wool westerner who loves seeing, understanding, and being alive upon these landscapes. I cherish the moments of bliss and irony that come to all of us as we explore the planet and its residents (and perhaps visitors) in the short time we are here.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD is now 50 years old. You can read about it here.

They have developed a Better Life Index, which rates the conditions in eleven different categories for the richest 36 countries in the world. You can view the index here. Hover your cursor over a counties name and its standing in those eleven categories will be displayed.

For my home country, the United States of America, the ratings for incomes, safety, health, and housing is really good. It is not as good in the categories of work-life balance and education. Denmark scored the highest in life satisfaction and work-life balance.

I found this to be an instructive way to see how various countries stack up with respect to their neighbors.

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