Best Country To Raise A Child. Australia Ranked #9

The best countries in the world to raise a child, ranked.

Expectant parents may want to consider moving to Scandinavia, as a new report has revealed Denmark, Sweden and Norway top the list of best countries in the world for raising a child.

The findings are according to the annual Best Countries Report, conducted by US News & World Report and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, which point to the Scandinavian countries’ “generous paternal and maternal leave” and free preschool.

“These countries tend to have generous paternal leave and maternal leave, offer free preschool, and have good overall public education systems,” Deidre McPhillips, senior data editor at US News & World report, told CNN.

Rounding out the top five countries on this year's list are Canada and the Netherlands, in fourth and fifth place respectively, while Finland, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia and Austria were also named in the top 10.

The UK came in at number 11, with high marks for public education and healthcare, but a 2.5 rating when it came to income equality and 7.1 family-friendly rating.

 To rank the best countries in the world for raising children, the report drew from a “global perceptions-based survey” and ranked countries based on eight attributes including: caring about human rights, being considered family-friendly, its environment for gender equality, being seen as happy, having income equality, being safe, and having well-developed public education and well-developed health care systems.

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