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Iceland is the third best place in the world to be a mother, according to Save the Children’s annual report

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  • Motherly love Iceland is the third best place in the world to be a mother, according to Save the Children’s newest report. Photo/Pjetur

The Nordic countries are the best places in the world to be a mother, according to Save the Children’s newest annual State of the World’s Mothers report. Iceland comes in third, after Norway and Finland.

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The five indicators in the index are the lifetime risk of maternal death; children's well-being as measured by their under-5 mortality rate; educational status; economic status, as measured by gross national income per capita; and political status, measured by women's participation in national government.

Women in Iceland face a 1 in 11,500 risk of maternal death, while 2.1 % of Icelandic children die before their 5th birthday.

 

Best countries for mothers:

1.    Norway

2.    Finland

3.    Iceland

4.    Denmark

5.    Sweden

Worst countries for mothers:

1.    Somalia

2.    Democratic Republic of the Congo

3.    The Central African Republic

4.    Mali

5.    Niger

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