Society at a Glance 2006
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Society at a Glance 2006

OECD Social Indicators

OECD's biennial stocktaking of social indicators of OECD countries, this unique publication has been revised to be structurally similar to OECD's annual Factbook.  For each of the almost 40 indicators provided, a two-page spread shows on the left side definitions of indicators and commentaries on trends, while the right side shows tables and graphs highlighting key messages found in the data. This edition includes general context indicators such as income per capita, self-sufficiency indicators such as mothers in paid employment; equity indicators such as gender wage gaps; health indicators such as sick-related absences from work; and social cohesion indicators such as trust in political institutions. This edition includes StatLinks, URLs under each table and graph that link to Excel spreadsheets containing the underlying data.
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Low birth weight is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the weight of an infant at birth of less than 2 500 grams (5.5 pounds) irrespective of the gestational age of the infant. This cut-off figure is based on epidemiological observations regarding the increased risk of death to the infant and serves for international comparative health statistics. The number of low birth weight births is then expressed as a percentage of total live births. The majority of the data comes from birth registers; however, in the case of the Netherlands the source is a national health interview survey.
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