Friday, July 27, 2012

OECD - Better Life Olympics

OECD’s Better Life Olympics explains then shows what each country ranks as most vital for happiness. Jobs, income health, housing? Click on the image to start the race
(http://oecdfactblog.org/visualizations/BLImap/olympics.html#)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Optimism Declines in Hard-Hit Southern Europe


July 25, 2012  From: Gallup World
About one in three residents in many European countries believed that their future lives would be better than their current lives. Generally, the percentage of those who expected their future lives to be better either stayed the same or decreased slightly between 2008 and 2011. The percentage of those who rated their future lives worse than their current lives stayed relatively stable in most countries.

Optimism in Europe

Unemployment in Europe (monthly)



Unemployment rate
The unemployment rate represents unemployed persons as a percentage of the labour force. The labour force is the total number of people employed and unemployed.
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Seasonality: Seasonally adjusted data
Seasonal adjustment.
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Sweden (SE) low values in level and change of government debt


From Eurostat

SGI - Sustainable Governance Indicators 2011: Sweden in top position

From: Bertelsmann Stiftung http://www.sgi-network.org/index.php?page=index&index=status

Key findings
Sweden
Sweden has moved up a rank to become the top performer in the OECD. 

Democratic governance is stable and adaptive, as outstanding scores in democracy show.

The country was hit hard by the crisis, but the economic foundations (innovation, flexibility, R&D, education) as well as the political foundations (sound fiscal budgets, policy ambitions) are robust enough to facilitate rapid recovery.

The reform policies of the center-right government are resolute but at the same time cautious. Reforms in family, labor market and tax policies indicate moderate changes are being made to the country’s exemplary welfare system.

STATUS INDEX

Status Index
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1
Sweden
8.65
FIN
NOR
NOR
LUX
FIN
2
Norway
8.64
NOR
CHE
NZL
NZL
SWE
3
Finland
8.52
SWE
NZL
SWE
NOR
CHE
4
New Zealand
8.51
NZL
DNK
DNK
FIN
DNK
5
Denmark
8.34
DNK
SWE
CAN
DEU
DEU
6
Switzerland
8.12
DEU
AUS
LUX
SWE
JPN
7
Canada
7.89
CHE
FIN
FIN
CHE
ISL
8
Germany
7.77
IRL
CAN
ISL
ISL
NZL
9
Australia
7.75
USA
LUX
AUS
AUS
FRA
10
Iceland
7.65
10 
AUS
10 
NLD
GBR
CAN
USA
11
Netherlands
7.63
10 
CAN
11 
CHL
11 
NLD
PRT
11 
CAN
12
Luxembourg
7.60
10 
NLD
12 
DEU
12 
CHE
12 
AUT
11 
NOR
13
USA
7.49
13 
ISL
12 
KOR
13 
BEL
12 
IRL
11 
KOR
14
Ireland
7.37
14 
LUX
14 
GBR
14 
USA
14 
DNK
11 
GBR
15
UK
7.22
15 
BEL
15 
USA
15 
IRL
15 
BEL
15 
BEL
16
Belgium
7.17
16 
GBR
16 
AUT
16 
CZE
15 
CHL
16 
LUX
17
Austria
6.86
17 
PRT
17 
ISL
16 
FRA
15 
NLD
17 
AUT
18
Czech Rep.
6.78
18 
AUT
18 
BEL
18 
DEU
18 
FRA
18 
AUS
19
France
6.74
18 
CZE
18 
CZE
19 
AUT
18 
ESP
18 
CZE
20
Portugal
6.59
20 
FRA
18 
JPN
20 
JPN
20 
ITA
18 
NLD
21
Japan
6.54
20 
POL
21 
MEX
21 
CHL
21 
CZE
21 
IRL
22
Chile
6.51
22 
ESP
21 
POL
22 
HUN
21 
JPN
22 
POL
23
Spain
6.35
23 
CHL
23 
HUN
22 
ESP
23 
GBR
23 
HUN
24
Poland
6.33
24 
JPN
23 
IRL
24 
PRT
24 
KOR
23 
PRT
25
Hungary
5.94
25 
HUN
25 
PRT
24 
KOR
25 
GRC
25 
ESP
26
South Korea
5.82
26 
ITA
26 
FRA
26 
SVK
26 
HUN
26 
ITA
27
Italy
5.70
27 
GRC
26 
SVK
27 
MEX
27 
SVK
27 
CHL
28
Slovakia
5.48
28 
SVK
28 
ESP
28 
ITA
28 
POL
28 
SVK
29
Mexico
5.25
29 
MEX
29 
TUR
29 
POL
29 
USA
29 
MEX
30
Greece
5.12
29 
KOR
30 
ITA
30 
GRC
30 
MEX
30 
TUR
31
Turkey
4.65
31 
TUR
31 
GRC
31 
TUR
31 
TUR
31 
GRC