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Most Family-Friendly Countries In Europe, 2019

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MOVE over Germany and the United Kingdom – Sweden has been named the most family-friendly country in Europe for 2019. Norway ranked number 2 on the list, followed by Iceland (No. 3), Estonia (No. 4), and Portugal (No. 5).

The report placed Germany in sixth on the list ahead of Denmark, and Slovenia. Luxembourg and France round out the list at nine and ten, respectively. Of the 31 European countries ranked, the United Kingdom placed 28th – immediately behind Ireland in 27th.

Using data from Eurostat, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and research articles, the Unicef study ranked 31 European countries on family-friendly practices. The study based its rankings on a range of family-friendly government policies including paid parental leave, support for breastfeeding, and affordable childcare and preschool education.

Austria took the No. 11 spot, followed by Finland (No. 12) and Belgium (No. 13). Meanwhile, Spain ranked No. 14 in the ranking of the most family-friendly in Europe for 2019.

The Netherlands came in 15th place, followed by Lithuania (16th), Hungary (17th), Latvia (18th), and Italy, ranked 19th. Out of 31 European countries ranked, Bulgaria ranked No. twentieth in the survey.

Most Family-Friendly Countries In Europe, 2019

RankCountryPaid leave to mothersPaid leave for fathers Childcare enrolment, between age 3 and school age (%)
1Sweden3510.997
2Norway459.890
3Iceland167.899
4Estonia85293
5Portugal2012.592
6Germany435.792
7Denmark271.196
8Slovenia482.690
9Luxembourg2610.487
10France195.694
11Austria516.989
12Finland415.784
13Belgium13599
14Spain162.195
15Netherlands160.494
16Lithuania62478
17Hungary72187
18Latvia531.182
19Italy250.493
20Bulgaria651.775
21Romania484.761
22Croatia392.951
23Poland42261
24Czech Republic53081
25Malta160.288
26Slovakia54077
27Ireland9093
28United Kingdom120.473
29Cyprus14079
30Greece230.456
31Switzerland8066

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Sophie Ireland
Foreign Correspondent for ​CEOWORLD magazine media. Policy Advisor, writer, professional restaurant recommender, and native New Yorker. I have approximate knowledge of many things.
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