For the third year in a row (2013, 2012 and 2011), Australia was ranked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in its annual “Better Life Index” as being the happiest country to live in the developed world.
Every year, the OECD evaluates the 36 developed countries in the OECD based upon various “measures of well-being” such as housing, income, jobs, community, education, environment, civic engagement, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance and then ranks them according to their scores on these factors. Australians were considered by the OECD to have a higher level of happiness than people living in such advanced peer countries as #2 Sweden, #3 Canada, #4 Norway, #5 Switzerland, #6 United States, #7 Denmark, #8 The Netherlands, #9 Iceland and #10 United Kingdom.
It is not surprising, therefore, that Australian immigration is attracting skilled foreign workers from all around the globe. In fact, many people living in the advanced OECD countries are also applying for immigration to Australia!
Not only does Australia have the happiest people in the developed world, but according to the International Monetary Fund (2012), Australia also has the strongest economy in the developed world (in 2012 and again in 2013), which is reflected in its consistently low unemployment rate and the high salaries that many jobs in Australia provide.
Australian cities (such as Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth) were also ranked among the world’s top 10 “Most Livable Cities” in 2011 and 2012 by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Add to this Australia’s laidback lifestyle, more than 10,000 beautiful beaches and spectacular scenery and it becomes obvious why Australians are so happy and why Australian immigration is so popular! Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the good life in the land down under?