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Published on May 24th, 2012 | by john.weir

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Australia officially the happiest country in the world

Australia is the world’s happiest nation according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Australia led Norway and the US in a survey of the 36 OECD member countries, the Paris-based group’s Better Life Index showed, Bloomberg reported.

It is the second year in a row the index shows Australia ranked near or at the top of almost every one of the 11 overall measures, such as average working hours, air pollution, homicide rates and even voter turnout.

Australians live longer than people elsewhere (an average life span of 82 compared with the OECD average of 80); more than 72 percent of people aged 15 to 64 in Australia have a paid job, above the OECD average of 66 percent; Australian children do better on international standardized tests than those in most other nations; and 92 percent of Australians are happy with the quality of the water they drink.

Australia’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in April, compared with 10.9 percent in Europe and over 8% in the USA.

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