At A Glance: NZ's health, wealth and happiness

At A Glance: NZ's health, wealth and happiness

New Zealand may be small but we still have a presence in the world, coming in at number nine for one of the happiest countries to live.

We even beat our neighbours, with the Aussies rounding out the top ten.

The ranking comes from the World Happiness Report, which ranks countries based on factors such as GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, and freedom to make life choices, generosity and perceptions of corruption.

Nordic countries take out the top spots -- Switzerland is first place, followed by Iceland, Denmark and Norway.

So, at a glance, where else does New Zealand rank in terms of economy and living compared to the rest of the world.

Obesity: 63.8 percent of population is overweight

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ranks New Zealand as one of the country's with the biggest overweight population. Sixty-three percent of Kiwis aged 15 years and older are obese. The US ranks just above us on 68.6 percent and Mexico with 71 percent. This is compared to Japan, where only 23 percent of the population is measured as overweight.

Age: Second highest life expectancy at birth

While our obesity rating isn't so hot, we do tend to live longer compared to other countries in the OECD. Data from 2013 shows our life expectancy at birth sits at 81.4 years, just behind Japan on 83.4 years. South Africa has the lowest life expectancy at birth with just 56.8 years predicted.

Life: higher-than-average rating for life satisfaction

The OECD also ranks New Zealand higher than average for life satisfaction although we are above the average (12.5 percent) for people who routinely work very long hours with 13.9 percent of employees.

Gender gap: Ranked 10th out of 145 for gender equality

The World Economic Forum's global gender gap report 2015 ranks New Zealand as 10th out of 145 countries that are leveraging their female talent pool based on economic, educational, health-based and political indicators. Perfect gender equality is one and total inequality is zero; New Zealand's figure is 0.782. The report takes into account a decade's worth of data. Over the ditch, they are ranked 36th with a figure of 0.733.

Corruption: Ranked 4th of 168 countries for level of corruption

Transparency International ranks New Zealand fourth for the perceived level of corruption in the public sector. The scale runs from zero to 100, with 100 meaning a country is 'very clean' and not corrupt. New Zealand's score is 88, down from 91 for the previous two years. The highest is Denmark with 91, followed Finland and Sweden on 90 and 89, respectively.

Wellbeing: The highest-ranked country for adolescent suicide

New Zealand was ranked the country with the highest number of adolescent suicides in OECD. The How's Life? Report by the OECD is published every two years, with the latest in 2015. It shows a picture of countries wellbeing by looking at a set of indicators the OECD considers essential for a good life. It also ranked us in the bottom third of countries for child deaths.

Meat Consumption: We are well known as the land of the sheep but we eat much less meat compared to our neighbours.

In comparison, we eat less sheep meat, wolfing down 5.5kg per capita compared to 9kg per capita eaten by Australians. The same with beef, New Zealander's average 14.5kg per capita and Aussies, 21.6kg per capita.