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New wellbeing index shows women are happier, but men are richer


Rachel Salmon
WVoN co editor

A new wellbeing index from the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) finds that women have better social networks, live longer and, in most places, are happier than men.

Men, on the other hand, work more and make more money than women.

But women and men tend to care about the same things wherever they live – education, health and life satisfaction. 

Your Better Life  invites users to rank topics like health, housing, employment and community in priority order. The results can be compared by country, gender and for wealth, comparing the responses of those with the 20 per cent highest and lowest incomes. 

Women in wealthier countries like Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Australia were the happiest, awarding themselves 7.5 to 8 out of 10, whilst Hungary, Portugal and the Russian Federation rated their life satisfaction at between 4.5 and 5.

Women from Luxemburg earn the most, making over $47,000USD a year on average, whilst Chilean women earn just over $10,00. 

Eastern European women are among the best educated.  At least 88 per cent of women from Poland, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic and the Russian Federation hold degrees.

Over nine out of ten women in the US turn out to vote compared with less than four in ten women living in Switzerland. 

Women in France, Italy, Korea and Switzerland live for over 84 years on average, whilst women from the Russian Federation cannot expect to reach their 75th birthdays.

The OECD said: 

“Today girls outperform boys in some areas of education and are less likely to drop out of school than boys. But, the glass is still half-full: women continue to earn less than men, are less likely to make it to the top of the career ladder, and are more likely to end their lives in poverty”.

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