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34 Member Countries

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development provides a setting where governments compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice and coordinate domestic and international policies. [1]


Better Life Initiative


The OECD Better Life Initiative includes an interactive tool, Your Better Life Index, which allows you to put different weights on each of the topics, and thus to decide for yourself what contributes most to well‐being. The index allows users to compare well-being across 34 countries, based on 11 dimensions of well-being.

These 11 dimension areas of well-being are separated in to two groups:

Material living conditions:

  1. Housing
  2. Income
  3. Jobs

and quality of life:

  1. Community
  2. Education
  3. Environment
  4. Government
  5. Health
  6. Life Satisfaction
  7. Safety
  8. Work-Life Balance

Your Better Life Index

Read more on the initiative here.

OECD work on measuring well-being and progress

To learn more on OECD measuring well-being and progress, please click here.


OECD at 50: How’s Life?


Related initiatives

The Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies[edit]

The Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies is hosted by the OECD and run in collaboration with several international organisations. It exits to foster the development of sets of key economic, social and environmental indicators to provide a comprehensive picture of how the well-being of a society is evolving. It also seeks to encourage the use of indicator sets to inform and promote evidence-based decision-making, within and across the public, private and citizen sectors. The project is open to all sectors of society, building both on good practice and innovative research work.



Wikiprogress is the main platform for the Global Project and as such is the place to find information and statistics to facilitate the exchange of ideas, initiatives and knowledge on measuring the progress of societies. It is open to all members and communities for contribution– students and researchers, civil society organisations, governmental and intergovernmental organisations, multilateral institutions, businesses, statistical offices, community organisations and individuals – anyone who has an interest in the concept of “progress”.


Progress papers

Working papers are availble using this link .


  1. OECD About Page on www.oecd.org


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