Society at a Glance 2006

OECD Social Indicators

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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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The data on suicides presented in this section are based on official registers providing information on “causes of death” of each person in each year, as presented in OECD (2006). These suicide rates are standardised to remove the effect of differences in age structures across countries and over time by using the OECD population structure in 1980, and are expressed per 100 000 individuals. The World Health Organisation defines “suicide” as an act deliberately initiated and performed by a person in the full knowledge or expectation of its fatal outcome. Crosscountry comparability of suicide data is affected by the criteria retained by certifying officers to establish the person’s “intention” of killing themselves, by who is responsible for filling the death certificate, the frequency of forensic investigations, confidentiality rules on the causes of death of each person. All of these factors are affected by the cultural and religious context of each country

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