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The BEST countries in the world to raise a child – Australia makes the top 10

There’s no need to move your brood abroad, as Australia has officially been ranked as one of the top 10 countries in the world to raise a family!

Of course it has, we have a wonderful outdoor lifestyle, great schools and a good health system. 

Check out how we compared with other countries…

The BEST countries in the world to raise a child - Australia makes the top 10

The best and worst countries in the world to raise a child

According to the US News and World Report and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the top places to raise a child are in Scandinavia.

Denmark has been hailed the best place, followed by Sweden and Norway. In fourth place is Canada, then the Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland and New Zealand.

Australia just about makes it, sliding in at number 9, followed by Austria in 10th place.

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Full list of the top best countries to raise a child:

  1. Denmark
  2. Sweden
  3. Norway
  4. Canada
  5. The Netherlands
  6. Finland
  7. Switzerland
  8. New Zealand
  9. Australia
  10. Austria

The 2020 Best Countries to Raise Kids ranking draws from a global perceptions-based survey.

The most important factors taken into account were: caring about human rights, being considered family-friendly, its environment for gender equality, happiness, income equality, safety, public education and health care systems.

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And no wonder Denmark made the top spot, as according to the official website of the European Union, 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!

This is why their parental system been called “among the most generous and flexible in the EU”.

What’s more, the UK ranked at number 11, scoring high marks on public education and healthcare but lost marks on political stability due to Brexit.

The US ranked at 18, scoring low on safety, political stability and income equality.

Meanwhile, the top worst countries in the world to raise a child are:

  1. Kazakhstan
  2. Lebanon
  3. Guatemala
  4. Myanmar
  5. Oman
  6. Jordan
  7. Saudi Arabia
  8. Azerbaijan
  9. Tunisia
  10. Vietnam

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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.