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#1 Hum

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 14:36

With its idyllic beaches and seemingly limitless sunshine, most of us have long known that it is the lucky country.

And according to an international league table of happiness, Australia truly does take some beating on its quality of life.

It has ranked number one on the OECD’s first such chart – and, somewhat unsurprisingly, well ahead of Britain, which came tenth.

But while Britons may not be quite as content as our friends Down Under, we’re happier than the Germans or the French, according to the rankings.

Australia’s strong economy, good public health, low pollution and low levels of crime were some of the reasons why it is better off, the OECD said.

The attraction is already well known to the tens of thousands of Britons flocking there each year in search of a better life. In 2011 49,000 emigrated Down Under.

The OECD’s Better Life Index is based on 11 categories, including income, jobs, housing and health, surveyed in 36 nations. Overall, the UK was beaten by a string of Scandinavian countries, among them Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

Britain scored highly on income levels, high employment, low crime, and community spirit – measured by polls that found almost everyone knew a person they could rely on in times of trouble. It also ranked highly on the environment, based on lower air pollution and water quality.

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#2 Max Norris

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 14:42

Australia’s strong economy, good public health, low pollution and low levels of crime were some of the reasons why it is better off, the OECD said.

Don't forget the koalas. How can you look at a koala and not be happy...

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 15:10

Australia’s strong economy, good public health, low pollution and low levels of crime were some of the reasons why it is better off, the OECD said.


The bad thing about these lists is when they are published everyone wants to move there.

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 15:18

Guys, guys, lets keep this on the d-lo....after all its just a table, anyone can make tables with data...no reason to consider moving to Aus.. :shiftyninja:

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 15:36

The bad thing about these lists is when they are published everyone wants to move there.


Australia would be a rather expensive move for most.

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 15:40

Don't forget the koalas. How can you look at a koala and not be happy...


Africa have the Honey Badger, explains why they're not listed...

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 16:39

Australia would be a rather expensive move for most.


It'd be totally worth if to be happy. :D

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 16:42

Africa have the Honey Badger, explains why they're not listed...


And because Africa is a continent. :rofl: But yes, you're right.

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 16:44

Just watch out for the drop bears. :D

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 03:11

Guys, guys, lets keep this on the d-lo....after all its just a table, anyone can make tables with data...no reason to consider moving to Aus.. :shiftyninja:


Ahh... Yeah. We're not really that happy. Remember we have snakes, spiders, octopus, stingrays, and all types of deadly **** everywhere. It's best you all stay where you are. You're much safer there. :p

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 03:12

I'm happy with that result! ;)

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 03:44

It'd be totally worth if to be happy. :D

Happiness is relevant :)

Australia would be a rather expensive move for most.

That I agree.

Guys, guys, lets keep this on the d-lo....after all its just a table, anyone can make tables with data...no reason to consider moving to Aus.. :shiftyninja:

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I'm happy with that result! ;)

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 04:13

england ? low crime? ....there is a field that is right out side my flat... in the last month there were two murders....and unconfirmed number of rapes.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 04:18

Aussie! aussie! aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!

Melbourne FTW. Sydney is a dirty dump.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 04:25

england ? low crime? ....there is a field that is right out side my flat... in the last month there were two murders....and unconfirmed number of rapes.

Sounds like they really need to wall off that field.