It’s official – Australia is the best country in the world to live…while Canberra is once again the best city
Một nghiên cứu của OECD vừa được phổ biến hôm nay, nước Úc được bầu chọn là QUỐC GIA TỐT NHẤT TRÊN THẾ GIỚI ĐỂ SỐNG, và thủ đô Canberra của Úc cũng được chọn là THÀNH PHỐ TỐT NHẤT TRÊN THẾ GIỚI. 5 thành phố khác của Úc: Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane và Adelaide cũng đứng trong 10 thành phố đầu tiên được bầu chọn. Lưu ý: Nước Úc chỉ có 8 thành phố thì 6 đã đứng trong 10 hạng đầu tiên. Đây là cuộc bầu chọn trong số 34 quốc gia thành viên của khối OECD. Các quốc gia được xếp hạng kế tiếp là Norway, Canada, Sweden và USA.
It’s official – Australia is the best country in the world to live…while Canberra is once again the best city
Australia voted best country to live in world, while nation's capital, Canberra, best place to live
Oz scored 76.5 out of 90 for OECD's nine well being measures
The country received full marks for civic engagement
The ACT scored a top of 86.2, well above Australia's average
It scored 10-out-of-10 for Safety, Income and Civic Engagement
The OECD ranked indicators from more than 360 other regions in the world
Northern Territory fared Australia's worse region on safety and health
By Amy Ziniak for Daily Mail Australia and Daniel Mills for Daily Mail Australia
Published: 04:29 GMT, 8 October 2014 | Updated: 08:48 GMT, 8 October 2014
What's the best country to live in the world? well it's no other than Australia, as for the best place to live, that gong goes to the country's capital, Canberra.
The OECD, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has ranked the 362 regions of its 34 member nations according to nine measures of well-being which include income and education. Each were given a score out of ten.
Australia led the world ranking with a tidy 76.5 out of 90, following by Norway at 72.3, Canada, Sweden and then the US.
Australia topped the world list for the best country to live, it's scorecard 76.5 out of 90 although education only scored a 6.6 out of 10
The nation's capital, Canberra, has been voted as the best place to live by OECD beating out Sydney and Melbourne
Despite being known for Sydney Harbour and it's popularity with visitors, Canberra was named the best place to live in the world. While Australia's scorecard was good enough to see it named best country to live
The country that didn't fare so well was Mexico, which ranked the worst country to live with a measley 15.1 out of 90 scoring zero for safety, housing and accessibility to services.
Poland, Hungary and Turkey were also judged as some of the hardest places in the world to live.
All well-being scores out of 10
*Education - 6.6
*Jobs - 8.4
*Income - 7.3
*Safety - 9.8
*Health - 9
*Environment - 9.5
*Civic Engagement - 10
*Accessibility to services - 7.2
*Housing - 8.7
An earlier version of the report was released in June but since then it has been updated to include one more measure of well being, which is access to affordable and quality housing.
That got a commendable score of 8.7 out of 10, while civic engagement took out the honours with full marks of 10, following closely behind was safety, environment and health.
Even the low performing regions in Australia fare better than the OECD average in all of the well-being measures.
But surprisingly Australia will have to work on its education which received a 6.6, well behind countries such as Canada, the Czech republic and Israel which recorded a high 9.
The share of the workforce with at least a secondary degree in the bottom 20 per cent of regions in Australia is 13 percentage points lower than the OECD average.
The OECD has pointed out, large regional disparities in education, health, jobs and key services can damage economic growth which in turn will lower well-being outcomes at a national level.
Melbourne cricket ground (pictured), one of Australia's most popular venues. Australia topping the world as the best country to live
Australia scored 76.5 out of 90 based on nine well-being measures and reached number one in the world as the best country to live with beautiful places like the Gold Coast (pictured) to visit
Washington's white house (pictured) the US was among the top countries to live in the world with Australia topping the list
While some would argue that Sydney has the best beaches and harbour while Melbourne's pubs and cafes are a talking point, the nation's best place to live and work is our often mocked national capital, Canberra.
The territory received three top 10 scores, more than any other region included on the list, for safety, income and civic engagement.
Even its lowest score, for the environment, was still a massive 9.1. Of all the nine indicators, Canberra total score was 86.2 out of a possible 90, thrashing the country's well being average.
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Norway (pictured) came in second in the best best countries to live in the world behind Australia
The national Carillion, Aspen island in Canberra. The nation's capital was ranked the best place to live in the world
While living conditions in Canberra might be top class, it has built up a reputation as a boring city with little to do
Canberra is truly the place to visit all-year round. During summer it's dry and desolate while in the winter months it is one of the coldest places in the country
As the political heartland of the country, Canberra, along with six other of our state's and territories received top score of 10 for its civic engagement - meaning Australia is more in tune with its political system than just about anywhere else.
The high number of voter engagement, about 95 per cent, was taken from the 2013 Federal Election and largely reflects the fact that voting in Australia is mandatory. Australia had the highest average voter turnout of any other region based on the previous national election. Voter turnout is defined as the ratio between the number of voters to the number of persons with voting rights.
The statistics also confirmed the capital has a higher average income than the 360 regions identified, and it terms of its murder rate - that's practically non existent. Canberra has the lowest murder rate across Australia averaging just one in 100,000 people.
It's commonly confused that Sydney, and not Canberra, is referred to as Australia's capital city.
Despite its knockers, Canberra seems to be making its place on the world stage.
A New York Times article recently told its readers that while it does not compare to the 'glitzier city of Sydney' and 'there are no beaches or iconic opera houses' it does have 'big-sky beauty, breezy civic pride and a decidedly hipster underbelly.'
The best way to enjoy Canberra, the Times said, is 'with deep intakes of mountain air and an ear tuned to the calls of sulphur-crested cockatoos and crimson rosellas.'
SOME OF THE LESS KNOWN ATTRACTIONS ON CANBERRA'S TO-DO LIST
The Canberra Centre, a three-storey shopping complex is Civic's main shopping precinct
Glebe Park, a picturesque park near the city centre with elm trees and oaks from early European settlement
The Jolimont Centre, a bus terminal for Greyhound Australia and Murrays bus services
Garema Place and City Walk, open areas of Civic for pedestrian traffic with many outdoor cafes. One of the longest running cafes in Civic is Gus's Cafe on Bunda Street.
Westfield Woden, is a large shopping centre located in the Woden Town Centre in Canberra's suburb of Phillip
Manuka Oval, one of two of Canberra's sporting stadiums with a capacity to seat 13,550
Stockholm in Sweden, one of the top countries in the world to live, with Australia coming in at first
Unlike most cities, Canberra was purposefully built as the nation's capital and the road network is built with an incredibly high number of roundabouts
HOW CANBERRA ROSE TO THE TOP
Civic Engagement 10/10
Accessibility to services 9.6/10
It also recommended going for a bicycle ride which loops one of the capital's premier attractions, it's lake. But it isn't just any lake, it was named after Chicago man, Walter Burley Griffin, who designed the capital built in the centre of Melbourne and Sydney.
Tasmania's score for education is 5.6, putting it in the bottom 27 per cent of the OECD regions. The ACT is high on the list, in the top 19 per cent, but when it comes to the country's natural environment, look no further than Tasmania, NSW and QLD which all score a perfect 10 out of 10.
The Northern Territory doesn't fare quite as well as its neighbouring state's and territories, scoring just 4.1 for health and 1.4 for safety.Its health score is in the OECD's bottom 29 per cent, while its safety score is in the bottom 13 per cent.
Canberra and the ACT can count itself a lucky place to live, with a higher average income, civic engagement and better safety than some of the 300 regions on the OECD list
The war museum in Canberra, it was revealed recently, was Australia's number one tourist attraction
Lake Burley Griffin was named in honour of Water Burley Griffin, the Chicago-born architect which designed the capital city from scratch
Tasmania, along with Queensland and NSW, scored 10 out of 10 in the environment category
The Northern Territory doesn't fare quite as well as its neighboring states and territories, scoring just 4.1 for health and 1.4 for safety. Trong Nghia & Cha ( suu tam ).
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