The best country to be a mother? Well not the UK or USA

woman_pushing_stroller_1600_wht_13782-1The UK ranks below most western countries when it comes to bringing up children.

That’s according to the latest Save the Children State of the World Mothers Report

The UK came 24th on the list, ahead of the USA which ranked 33rd, but behind other European countries like Germany and France and for the third year running failed to make it into the top 10.

So where is the best place to be a mum?

It may come as no surprise to learn that it’s the Scandinavian/Nordic countries that top the list.

  1. Norway
  2. Finland
  3. Iceland
  4. Denmark
  5. Sweden

Germany comes 8th with France just ahead of the UK at 23rd.

The worst country in which to be a mum is Somalia.

Although the UK and the USA are rich countries Save the Children say they rank as they do because of inequality in access to care. This is particularly true in the migrant communities and among asylum seekers in the UK say Save the Children.

They calculate that a child born in the UK is more than twice as likely to die before the age of five ( child mortality rate of 4.6 per thousand births) compared with one born in Iceland or Luxembourg (both around 2 per thousand).

They also say that women in the UK face a 1 in 6,900 chance of dying in pregnancy compared to 1 in 19,800 in Poland, 1 in 19,200 in Austria, 1 in11,000 in Germany and 1 in 45,200 in Belarus.

In contrast the rate in the USA is 1 in 1,800, the worst of any developed country. And when you look at the wealthiest 25 capital cities, Washington DC came last, followed by Berne and Vienna. London came19th.

How do they measure this anyway?

Data is provided by UN agencies and countries are rated on five factors.

  1. risk of natural death
  2. under-five mortality rate
  3. number of years of formal education
  4. gross national income per person
  5. participation of women in national government

Save the Children’s view is that “we need to close the gap in life chances for mothers and children so that no matter where they live they have a fair chance to survive and fulfil their potential. For babies born in the world’s fast growing cities it’s survival of the richest”


2 thoughts on “The best country to be a mother? Well not the UK or USA

  1. rainawareness says:

    So what you’re saying is, if somebody from Somalia, United States or United Kingdom get pregnant, they gotta move to Norway?

  2. […] In surveys of happiness and work-life balance it’s inevitably the Nordic or Scandinavian countries who come out on top e.g. as the best places to be a mother  […]

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