Northern Europeans most satisfied with quality of life

People living in Norway, Switzerland, Denmark and Iceland are more satisfied with their quality of life than those living in any other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nation.

A recent survey carried out by the Office of National Statistics found that, when asked to rate their quality of life out of ten, respondents living in those four countries gave an average rating of 7.4, followed by those in Australia who gave an average rating on 7.3.

Greece had the lowest life satisfaction score (4.8), while residents of Portugal (5.1), Turkey (5.6), Japan (5.9) and Italy (6) who had ratings well below the OECD average score of 6.6.

Residents of the UK are generally satisfied with life. Respondents living in Britain scored their quality of life an average of 6.8 – the exact same score as when a similar survey was conducted in 2007, prior to the global economic meltdown.