The world's best country to raise kids

European nations dominate the top 10 with the United Kingdom coming 9th

Saturday 23 January 2016 18:49 GMT
Nordic countries topped the rankings of the best country to raise kids
Nordic countries topped the rankings of the best country to raise kids

Sweden is the best country to raise children, according to a new study

The US News and World Report survey contains the views of 16,000 respondents who were asked to score countries based on eight key attributes: human rights, gender equality, happiness, income equality, health system, public health system, family friendly and safety.

The results placed Sweden at the top where there are several policies to support families.

In Sweden parents are entitled to 480 days of paid parental leave, 60 of which are reserved for the father. The government also provides a monthly allowance to parents per child and gives adults the right to reduce their working hours until their children turn eight, according to

Fellow Nordic nation Denmark came second as Europe dominated the top 10, claiming seven of the places.

The United Kingdom didn’t fare too well but managed to make it into the top 10 coming 9th.

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