Quality dataviz about quality-of-life issues

To accompany its Better Life Initiative, OECD (the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) has put up a handsome, carefully constructed set of interactive data graphics called the Better Life Index:

There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics – this Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life.

Each country is represented by a multicolored flower with 11 petals (OK, yes, potentially cheesy). The length of each petal represents the country’s score in a given area; the width of the petal indicates the importance the user has assigned to that particular aspect. Drilling down into the details is easy to do; in fact, if you’ve a mind to do your own visualizations of this info, the underlying index data can be downloaded in spreadsheet format.

Kudos to Moritz Stefaner, Jonas Leist and Timm Kekeritz (for Raureif design consultancy, Berlin).

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