For Malene Rydalh, the author of the bestseller “Happy as a Dane”, her personal experiences formed the bases of her presentation on the sources of the Danes’ happiness given in the OECD on 24 February, 2016. On the other hand, the OECD with considerable efforts has created a statistical analysis framework which enables the measurement of well-being in many dimensions.

In the last few years in parallel to the weakening of the global economy, the question has become more important: how to measure the level and change of individual and social well-being beyond macroeconomic indicators like GDP? Personal well-being cannot be measured solely by income and wealth, as several non-economic factors also play an important role. This idea has resulted in a growing international cooperation in which OECD is one of the leading actors through its own analysis framework developed in 2011 as well as the interactive presentation tools of the Better Life Index (BLI). The BLI measures the performance of member states by objective and subjective indicators in eleven dimensions on a scale from 0 to 10. Hungary’s parameters in most dimensions are around the Visegrád countries average, except for the purely subjective “life satisfaction” indicator.  

Gábor Horváth

OECD Better Life Index