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Replying to Peter Kraneveld

Compliments for the idea and execution. I use the better life index in the courses I give. Two quick comments. 

First, the web page is hard to find, especially if you are surfing with only a vague idea in mind and don't remember its exact title. As it touches on the core of the mandate of OECD, it deserves a prominent place on the OECD home page and a host of tags to show up in searches of the uninitiated. 

Second, users should have the opportunity to add outside elements like average days of sunshine, land use (forest, water, mountains etc.), or density of population that they consider important to judge the quality of life but don't figure in the OECD's remit.

Thanks a lot for your valuable comments! Great to hear that you are using the Index in your courses! The idea to give Index users the possibility to add additional elements is extremely interesting and something we’ve been exploring since the start of the initiative. Nevertheless, it has proven difficult as often data do not exist for all the countries or are difficult to compare- for example, climate is something that already varies a lot across regions in some countries, not to mention other difficulties.Giving users the possibility to add their own data might help us overcome these constraints. We will definitely give some thoughts to the idea and welcome you to contact us at bli@oecd.org to discuss further.