The Best Countries In The World To Raise A Child In 2020

A new report released this week has named the top 10 countries in the world to have a family, based on eight key factors.

The annual Best Countries report has found Denmark to be the best country in the world to raise children, followed by fellow Scandinavian countries Sweden and Norway.

These three countries also came out on top in the 2019 report, with Sweden taking the top spot last year, followed be Denmark and Norway which kept its position at third.

The report, now in its fifth year, was released as part of the wider U.S. News & World Report which also names the overall best countries.

The report found Denmark is the best country in the world to raise a family. Image: Getty

It surveyed surveyed more than 20,000 people in the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa based on eight different attributes.

These key areas included: Income equality, well-developed public education, caring about human rights, gender equality, well-developed health care systems, being considered safe, being considered family friendly and being considered happy.

A contributing factor to Denmark's top position is their parental leave system which has been called “among the most generous and flexible in the EU.”



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The Danish system seems both parents afforded 52 weeks of paid parental leave, with mothers also entitled to four weeks off prior to giving birth. Denmark further offers free healthcare and education.

Like Denmark, Sweden and Norway also have extensive parental leave policies, in addition with their thorough social care programmes and the presence of minimal crime.

Canada was named fourth, gaining a lot of attention recently with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle naming it as their preferred home, while the Netherlands came in at fifth, Switzerland at sixth and Switzerland in seventh.

You can see the full list of the 10 best countries to have a family below:

Top 10 best countries to raise a child

1. Denmark

2. Sweden

3. Norway

4. Canada

5. Netherlands

6. Finland

7. Switzerland

8. New Zealand

9. Australia

10. Austria

Notable mentions in the top 10 include New Zealand which came in at eight and Australia which was named at ninth. The report stated Australia is seen as wealthy nation with our economy allowing for a comparatively high per capita income.

"The nation has a high rate of participation in sporting activities and boasts a comparatively high life expectancy for both females and males. Its major cities routinely score well in global livability surveys," the report said.

Late in 2017, voters overwhelmingly supported legalising same-sex marriage, sending the issue to federal lawmakers.

Austria came in tenth position while the US and the UK did not make the top 10.

The USA came in at number 18, also being named as one of the least trustworthy countries, dropping by more than 50 per cent since 2016.

The UK took position 11, with its decline in the listing being attributed its poor rating for income equality as well as the political instability created by Brexit.

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