Being a mother, while it can be challenging, is a gift no matter where you live. Some countries are better to be a mother in than others however, based on the opportunities that there are for your children as well as healthcare, the laws and environmental factors. Save the Children has released their 14th annual Mothers’ Index which is part of the 2013 State of the World’s Mothers report.
There were 176 countries that were surveyed in this report. European countries earned the top spots, along with Australia. Countries in sub-Saharan Africa were lowest on the list. The United States came in 30th, below all Western European countries which included Poland and Israel and even below Singapore.
Every one of the countries was ranked on the same five merits:
– Maternal health
– Children’s well-being
– Economic status
– Education status
– Political status
The top five countries are as follows with a little fact about each:
– Coming in at number 5 is the Netherlands. Their lifetime risk of maternal death is 1 in 10,500.
– Number 4 is Iceland. Only one in 400 children here will die before their 5th birthday.
– Number 3 is Norway. Norway performs the best in income per capita which is an average of $88,890.
– Number 2 is Sweden. Here, 45% of seats in their national government are held by women.
– The top ranked country to be a mother in is Finland.
Finland was ranked #1 because it made the top 12 in all five merits. Their lifetime risk of maternal death is 1 in 12,200. One in 333 children will die before their 5th birthday. Their average income is $47,770 gross per person. It is expected that all children will go through 17 years of formal schooling and finally, in the national government, 42.5% of the seats are held by women.