Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

OECD: Well-being in Slovakia is average

In the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) annual “How’s Life?” report published November 6, Slovakia finished in the middle zone of countries measured by their subjective well-being of citizens. This zone included 60 percent of all countries compared, including Poland, Slovenia, Great Britain and Spain.

In the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) annual “How’s Life?” report published November 6, Slovakia finished in the middle zone of countries measured by their subjective well-being of citizens. This zone included 60 percent of all countries compared, including Poland, Slovenia, Great Britain and Spain.

The best-placed members of the OECD, an organisation comprised of the world’s richest, most industrialised countries, are Australia, Canada and the Nordic states – Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Switzerland and the United States also placed high. On the opposite end are Mexico, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Hungary, Estonia and Chile, the SITA newswire quoted the report.

The crisis had a big impact on the economic well-being of households, according to the OECD which again was reflected in higher unemployment rate, involuntary part-time employment, or financial insecurity and poverty. In the crisis-stricken countries, the life satisfaction and trust in institutions were strikingly decreased, while there were only slight, if any at all, changes in the medical results if the overall population.

As for gender differences, the OECD report found that the well-being differences between men and women have lessened in recent decades. Women live longer than men, but suffer from illnesses more frequently. Girls do better in school, but continue to be represented insufficiently in key sectors of education which offer better job opportunities. Women still earn less than men, spend more hours in unpaid work and have more difficulties to reach the culmination of their career or start an own business. However, men also face some gender challenges, the OECD points out, as they experience feeble job prospects and have to adapt to changing social tasks, roles and expectations.

(Source: SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Kuciak did not even have a computer as a child and he grew up to be an analyst

A village boy who angered Marian Kocner. A profile of Ján Kuciak, who recently received the White Crow award in memoriam.

Ján Kuciak

UPDATED: Lajčák considers resignation if the migration compact is rejected

The foreign affairs minister also admitted to some disputes with PM Robert Fico.

Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák

How to cope with waste

Slovakia lags behind in recycling and reducing waste, but examples of other countries, particularly the Netherlands, are helping Slovakia implement strategies to reduce waste.

Roughly 67 percent of communal waste ended up at landfills in Slovakia, while only 23 percent was recycled.

Europe might not be just an innocent victim

While real estate bubbles in the US, Greece and Spain were partial causes of global crisis, irresponsible lending was also rife in places you hear little about.