Society at a Glance 2009

OECD Social Indicators

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Society at a Glance offers a concise quantitative overview of social trends and policies across the OECD. This 2009 edition includes a wide range of information on social issues – such as demography and family characteristics, employment and unemployment, poverty and inequality, social and health care expenditure, and work and life satisfaction –as well as a guide to help readers understand the structure of OECD social indicators. 

In addition to updating some of the indicators from previous editions, Society at a Glance 2009 adds several new and innovative social indicators, including adult height, perceived health status, risky youth behaviour and bullying. For the first time, the report also provides a condensed set of headline social indicators summarising social well-being in OECD countries. In addition, a special chapter examines leisure time across the OECD.

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Childcare enrolment among 0-2 year-olds includes enrolment in formal arrangements such as childcare centres, registered child minders, as well as care provided by someone who is not a family member. Enrolment rates for 3-5-year-olds refer to those enrolled in formal pre-school services, and in some countries for 4- and 5-yearolds in primary schools. Data on childcare participation of the 0-2 yearolds comes from various sources, limiting comparability, including OECD Babies and Bosses reviews, the OECD Education database, the Eurydice database, NOSOSCO reviews and National Statistical Offices. Enrolment for 3-5-year-olds is presented using data of the OECD Education database. This information is based upon actual numbers of students participating in formal pre-school programmes and a percentage is calculated by using population data as a denominator.

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