Switzerland's residents are the most satisfied with their lives for the second consecutive year, according to the Better Life Index released today. The study, published annually by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), reported that United States failed to crack the top 10 for the fourth consecutive year, while neighbors Mexico and Canada did.

 

The Better Life Index rates the 34 OECD member nations, as well as Brazil and the Russian Federation, on 11 variables that contribute to a high quality of life, including income, education, housing, health, and life satisfaction. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 11 countries with the highest life satisfaction score.

 

1. Switzerland

Life satisfaction score: 7.8

 

2. Norway

Life satisfaction score: 7.7

 

3. Canada

Life satisfaction score: 7.6 (tied for 3rd)

 

4. Denmark

Life satisfaction score: 7.6 (tied for 3rd)

 

5. Austria

Life satisfaction score: 7.5 (tied for 5th)

 

6. Iceland

Life satisfaction score: 7.5 (tied for 5th)

 

7. Australia

Life satisfaction score: 7.4 (tied for 7th)

 

8. Finland

Life satisfaction score: 7.4 (tied for 7th)

 

9. Mexico

Life satisfaction score: 7.4 (tied for 7th)

 

10. Netherlands

Life satisfaction score: 7.4 (tied for 7th)

 

Given how well the country scores in these measures, it is clear that life satisfaction cannot be explained just by considering job opportunities and health. For example, Mexico had extremely low scores in safety, environment, jobs, and health, but still was one of the top-rated nations for life satisfaction.