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Study: The Best (And Worst) Countries For Women In 2018

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The results for the 2018’s best (and worst) countries for women are in. Smaller European countries, particularly Nordic nations, continue to dominate the top 10, which occupy the top four positions.

Iceland is the world’s most gender-equal nation, and Yemen is the world’s least, according to a new global gender gap report by the WEF.

Norway, Sweden, Finland, Nicaragua, Rwanda, New Zealand, Philippines, Ireland, and Namibia followed Iceland to make up the top-10 best countries for women in 2018.

Researchers measured the discrepancies between women and men across 149 nations in 4 categories: economic participation; political empowerment; education options; and health & survival. The report also shows that there remain huge differences in the opportunities for women in the best and worst performing countries around the world.

These Are The Best Countries for Women in 2018

1. Iceland
2. Norway
3. Sweden
4. Finland
5. Nicaragua
6. Rwanda
7. New Zealand
8. Philippines
9. Ireland
10. Namibia

These Are The Worst Countries for Women in 2018

1. Yemen (149th)
2. Pakistan, Islamic Rep.
3. Iraq
4. Syria
5. Chad
6. Democratic Republic of Congo
7. Mali
8. Iran
9. Saudi Arabia
10. Lebanon (140th)

These Are The Best (And Worst) Countries For Women In 2018

Full list: The Best (And Worst) Countries For Women In 2018

RankCountryScore
1Iceland0.858
2Norway0.835
3Sweden0.822
4Finland0.821
5Nicaragua0.809
6Rwanda0.804
7New Zealand0.801
8Philippines0.799
9Ireland0.796
10Namibia0.789
11Slovenia0.784
12France0.779
13Denmark0.778
14Germany0.776
15United Kingdom0.774
16Canada0.771
17Latvia0.758
18Bulgaria0.756
19South Africa0.755
20Switzerland0.755
21Barbados0.753
22Costa Rica0.749
23Cuba0.749
24Lithuania0.749
25Bolivia0.748
26Lao PDR0.748
27Netherlands0.747
28Belarus0.747
29Spain0.746
30Bahamas0.741
31Burundi0.741
32Belgium0.738
33Estonia0.734
34Albania0.734
35Moldova0.733
36Argentina0.733
37Portugal0.732
38Serbia0.73
39Australia0.73
40Colombia0.729
41Ecuador0.729
42Poland0.728
43Uganda0.724
44Jamaica0.724
45Panama0.722
46Israel0.722
47Zimbabwe0.721
48Bangladesh0.721
49Mozambique0.721
50Mexico0.721
51United States0.72
52Peru0.72
53Austria0.718
54Chile0.717
55Botswana0.715
56Uruguay0.715
57Cameroon0.714
58Mongolia0.714
59Croatia0.712
60Kazakhstan0.712
61Luxembourg0.712
62Bosnia and Herzegovina0.712
63Romania0.711
64Venezuela0.709
65Ukraine0.708
66Macedonia, FYR0.707
67Singapore0.707
68Honduras0.706
69Montenegro0.706
70Italy0.706
71Tanzania0.704
72Cape Verde0.702
73Thailand0.702
74Dominican Republic0.701
75Russian Federation0.701
76Kenya0.7
77Vietnam0.698
78Greece0.696
79Suriname0.695
80Eswatini0.694
81Lesotho0.693
82Czech Republic0.693
83Slovak Republic0.693
84Madagascar0.691
85Indonesia0.691
86Kyrgyz Republic0.691
87El Salvador0.69
88Myanmar0.69
89Ghana0.688
90Brunei Darussalam0.686
91Malta0.686
92Cyprus0.684
93Cambodia0.683
94Senegal0.682
95Brazil0.681
96Liberia0.681
97Azerbaijan0.68
98Armenia0.678
99Georgia0.677
100Sri Lanka0.676
101Malaysia0.676
102Hungary0.674
103China0.673
104Paraguay0.672
105Nepal0.671
106Fiji0.669
107Guatemala0.668
108India0.665
109Mauritius0.663
110Japan0.662
111Belize0.662
112Malawi0.662
113Maldives0.662
114Sierra Leone0.661
115Korea, Rep.0.657
116Guinea0.656
117Ethiopia0.656
118Benin0.654
119Tunisia0.648
120Gambia, The0.642
121United Arab Emirates0.642
122Bhutan0.638
123Tajikistan0.638
124Timor-Leste0.638
125Angola0.633
126Kuwait0.63
127Qatar0.629
128Algeria0.629
129Burkina Faso0.629
130Turkey0.628
131Cote dIvoire0.627
132Bahrain0.627
133Nigeria0.621
134Togo0.618
135Egypt0.614
136Mauritania, Islamic Rep.0.607
137Morocco0.607
138Jordan0.605
139Oman0.605
140Lebanon0.595
141Saudi Arabia0.59
142Iran, Islamic Rep.0.589
143Mali0.582
144Congo, DemRep.
145Chad0.58
146Syria0.568
147Iraq0.551
148Pakistan, Islamic Rep.0.55
149Yemen0.499

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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