Norway is still one of the best countries in the world in which to be a mother, but it lost its first-place spot this year in an annual ranking compiled by the international humanitarian organization Save the Children (called Redd Barna in Norway).
Norway landed in second-place after Finland, but ahead of Sweden, Iceland and the Netherlands in the top five spots. Next on the list came Denmark, Spain, Germany, Australia and Belgium.
As usual, the Nordic countries with their extensive social welfare programs all made it into top slots on the list that evaluates such factors as infant and maternal mortality rates, education programs, economy and women’s participation in society, work and politics. It’s the 15th year in a row that Save the Children has compiled the list, which Norway has topped four times and Sweden eight times.
The worst countries for mothers and children were all found in Africa, south of the Sahara, with Somalia at the bottom followed by Congo, Niger, Mali, Guinea-Bissau and the Central African Republic. Next worse were Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Chad and the Ivory Coast.