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These countries have the best work-life balance

Do you feel stressed by your working hours If you’re frustrated with your work-life balance, you might consider moving to the Netherlands. Dutch people don’t tend to work very long hours and spend more time on leisure activities, as well as sleeping and relaxing, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's latest Better Life Index. The index ranks countries by how well citizens are able to juggle their work and personal lives.
The Netherlands scored 9.5 out of 10, followed by Italy, with a score of 9.4 and Denmark, with nine points. Colombia and Mexico were at the bottom of the 40 countries ranked. Just 0.4% of employees in the Netherlands work “very long” hours - classified as more than 50 hours per week - among the lowest rates of all the nations considered. By contrast, the OECD average was 11% of people working very long hours. Stress less “Long work hours may impair personal health, jeopardize safety and increase stress,” the OECD says. “Furthermo…

One of the biggest countries in the world is running out of drinking water

Parts of eastern Australia are about to run Slow drip Over a dozen towns and cities in eastern Australia are fast approaching Day Zero — the day that the last of the drinking water runs dry. As global climate change intensifies, Australia has been hit hard by an unprecedented wave of droughts and water shortages, according to Agence France-Presse. Some affected towns are already out of water, while authorities say the others only have a few months left and may run dry before year’s end — driving home the terrifying reality of a world burned by environmental collapse. Ghost town Farms are already running dry, and stores are shuttering as people are preoccupied with survival, AFP reports. Some authorities have reported “water thefts.” Image: VICTOR TANGERMANN “I do know of some growers who are literally bone dry and have decided to plant nothing this year and practically close their businesses down in the short-term,” citrus farmer Angus Ferrier told AFP. Ferrier personally had to dig u…