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The Best Countries to Raise Kids in 2019

Let check out these best countries to raise kids ranking 2019 draws from a global perceptions-based survey and ranks countries based on scores from a compilation of eight country attributes:

  • Cares about human rights;

  • Family friendly;

  • Gender equality;

  • Happy;

  • Income equality;

  • Safe;

  • Well-developed public education system; and

  • Well-developed health care system.

These are the top five countries.

#1 in raising children rankings - Sweden (#2 in 2018)

Sweden moved up one position to No. 1 in this ranking. Each parent in the country is allowed 240 days of the 480 days of paid parental leave, according to, Sweden’s official website. Each parent has three months designated exclusively for him or her, and cannot be transferred to the other parent.

#2 in raising children rankings - Denmark (#1 in 2018)

Denmark dropped one position this year to the No. 2 best country for raising children.

Europa, the official website of the European Union, calls the Danish parental leave system “among the most generous and flexible in the EU.” Both parents are given 52 weeks of paid parental leave and mothers are entitled to four weeks of maternity leave before the expected due date.

#3 in raising children rankings - Norway (#3 in 2018)

Like other Nordic countries, Norway has generous parental leave policies. Mothers can take 46 weeks at full pay or 56 weeks at 80 percent pay, according to theWorld Economic Forum. Fathers can take up to 10 weeks depending on the salary of their wives.

#4 in raising children rankings - Canada (#5 in 2018)

In Canada, employees covered by the Canada Labour Code are entitled to up to 17 weeks of maternity leave. If both parents care for a newborn or newly adopted child they are entitled to a combined period of parental leave of no more than 63 weeks. Parents are eligible for employment insurance if they meet certain requirements.

#5 in raising children rankings - Finland (#4 in 2018)

In Finland, maternity leave is 105 work days, according to The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland. The government also provides up to 54 work days of paid paternity leave.

Following countries ranked #6 to #10 in raising children.

#6 in raising children rankings - Netherlands (#6 in 2018)

#7 in raising children rankings - Switzerland (#7 in 2018)

#8 in raising children rankings - Australia (#9 in 2018)

#9 in raising children rankings - New Zealand (#8 in 2018)

#10 in raising children rankings - Belgium (Not ranked in 2018)

The 2019 Best Countries rankings, formed in partnership with BAV Group, a unit of global marketing communications company VMLY&R, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, are based on a study that surveyed more than 20,000 global citizens from four regions to assess perceptions of 80 countries on 75 different metrics.


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