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SPOTLIGHT

Roundtable on Korea

Well-being in Korea Ranking of well-being topics by users of the Better Life Index in Korea 12% 9.10% 10% 7.91%

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Ho Jeong Kim

growth for its own sake with growth that lasts, has given social safety nets a stronger focus and business-as-usual practices were examined with a view to reform. The OECD has accompanied Korea through some significant changes and commitments. The wider world has witnessed Korea become a provider of development assistance and emerge as a creative force, with its K-culture wave resonating strongly with an international audience. Korea’s 20 years with the OECD has been promising. So what lies ahead? With many commitments made, the stage is now set for Korea to deliver on its promises. Demands to open and become more transparent will grow, while the increasing flow of migration will replace the

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Korean users give greater importance to health, safety and life satisfaction.

Korea’s country ranking in the 11 well-being dimensions

Environment

Ranking out of 36 countries Housing

Civic engagement

Income

Health

Jobs

Life satisfaction

Community

Safety

Education

Work-Life balance

The wider world has witnessed Korea emerge as a creative force, with its K-culture wave resonating strongly homogenous society with a diverse one. Demands for better movement of capital, services and goods, and better compliance with business guidelines on corruption and intellectual property rights, as well as labour rights, will also intensify. A fast ageing society, the ever growing role of women and falling fertility rates will bring a renewed focus on health, pensions and education. Korea must also continue to set the pace in Green Growth. Whenever the OECD shares its findings on our performance, it is in fact encouraging the public to engage, discuss and to challenge. This enriches Korea’s partnership with the OECD, which will mature even further in the years ahead.

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See www.betterlifeindex.org For notes on Korea’s OECD Better Life Index, visit http://oe.cd/1ge

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OECD Observer No 308 Q4 2016  
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