The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released its Better Life Index, which ranks the world’s most developed economies on jobs, income environment and health.

  • 1Australia

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    For the third year in a row, Australia came in as the happiest country in the world with its weather and laid-back attitude. The index includes data from the United Nations as well as individual governments. Australia’s economy has expanded for 21 years without a recession.

  • 2Sweden

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    Sweden, which is known for its residents’ high living standards, takes the second-place spot this year. The OECD says life satisfaction has been ranked most important among its users since it launched in 2011.

  • 3Canada

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    Our neighbors to the north came in third place for 2013. The BLI compiles data from more than 2 million visitors to its site, from nearly 200 countries across the globe.

  • 4Norway

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    Norway comes in fourth this year. The BLI asks people directly what matters to them from a list of 11 different topics, including life satisfaction, income, housing, health, environment, and of course, jobs.

  • 5Switzerland

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    Switzerland comes in at No.5. Other topics the BLI asks about include community, education and safety.

  • 6United States

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    The United States made the No. 6 spot this year. Survey respondents rank civic engagement among the lower priorities for users. However, residents in Mexico, Chile and Spain report it being important.

  • 7Denmark

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    Denmark comes in at seventh on the 2013 list. The BLE findings show there is little difference among men and women, when identifying what is important in life.

  • 8The Netherlands

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    The Netherlands came in eighth. The BLE reports women tend to focus more on community, health and work-life balance.

  • 9Iceland

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    The country with pretty terrain made the list at No.9 The survey finds men are more concerned with income in relation to better living standards than women are.

  • 10United Kingdom

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    The U.K. rounds out the top 10 for this year. The survey focused on the globe’s 34 most industrialized nations.

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