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LOOKING FOR A GREAT WORK-LIFE BALANCE?

THE NETHERLANDS NUMBER ONE IN OECD RANKING

The latest OECD Better Life Index by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranks the Netherlands as the country with the best work-life balance in the world. Looking for a fulfilling job and a pleasant private life? Come to Holland.

The Better Life Index of the OECD ranks countries on how successfully households mix work, family commitments, and personal life. The Dutch scored 9.3 out of a possible 10, overtaking the Danes that scored 9.0. Interested in the score of your country: take a look here.

The Netherlands is in the top ten of the global Happiness Report, have ten universities in the top 100 of the Academic Ranking of World Universities and are at the top spot in the EF’s English Proficiency Index (EPI), the world’s largest ranking of countries when it comes to their level of English. The latest positive rating on work-life balance by the OECD seems to fit a pattern. 

Only 0.5% of Dutch employees regularly work very long hours, which is the lowest rate in the OECD, where the average is 13%. Instead, they devote around 16 hours per day to eating, sleeping, and leisurely pursuits, the Better Life Index explains.

Overall, the Dutch are more satisfied with their lives than most. When asked to rate their general satisfaction with life on a scale from 0 to 10, Dutch people gave it a 7.4 grade on average, higher than the OECD average of 6.5.

You can find an interactive map with responses here.