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Society at a Glance 2016

OECD Social Indicators

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This is the eighth edition of Society at a Glance, the biennial OECD overview of social indicators. This report addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends. It updates some indicators included in the previous editions published since 2001 and introduces several new ones, with 25 indicators in total. It includes data for the 35 OECD member countries and where available data for key partners (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa); other G20 countries (Argentina and Saudi Arabia) are also included. The report features a special chapter on the NEET challenge and what can be done for jobless and disengaged youth. It also provides a guide to help readers in understanding the structure of OECD social indicators. All indicators are available as a web book and an e-book on OECD iLibrary.

 

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Voting

Voter turnout rates vary substantially across the OECD. A high voter turnout is a sign that a country’s political system enjoys a strong degree of participation or that voting is mandatory. Voting-age turnout rates in parliamentary elections are above 80% in Australia, Belgium, Denmark and Turkey where voting is mandatory, as well as in Iceland, Korea and Sweden. They are below 50% in Switzerland (). Low turnout not only reflects limited participation by registered voters, but possibly also that many potential voters do not register. Among non-OECD countries, voter turnout is highest in Indonesia (83%) and lowest in Colombia (52%).

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