Subjective well-being in Israel: 72% of people in Israel said they were satisfied with their life, above the OECD average of 59%.

In terms of employment, nearly 59% of people aged 15 to 64 in Israel have a paid job. 55% of mothers are employed after their children begin school, suggesting that women encounter difficulties when balancing family and career. In Israel, the average household earned 19 456 USD in 2008, less than the OECD average .

Having a good education is an important requisite to finding a job. In Israel, 81% of adults aged 25 to 64 have earned the equivalent of a high-school diploma, higher than the OECD average. As to the quality of its educational system, the average student scored 474 out of 600 in reading ability according to the latest PISA student-assessment programme, lower than the OECD average.

In terms of health, life expectancy at birth in Israel is 81.1 years, nearly two years above the OECD average. The level of atmospheric PM10 – tiny air pollutant particles small enough to enter and cause damage to the lungs – is 28 micrograms per cubic meter, and is higher than levels found in most OECD countries.

Concerning the public sphere, there is a strong sense of community and moderate levels of civic participation in Israel. 93% of people believe that they know someone they could rely on in a time of need, close to the OECD average of 91%. Voter turnout, a measure of public trust in government and of citizens’ participation in the political process, was 65% during recent elections; this figure is lower than the OECD average of 72%. In regards to crime, 3% of people reported falling victim to assault over the previous 12 months.

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