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Revealed: The best (and worst) countries in the world for raising a child, 2020

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The best (and worst) countries in the world to raise a child have been revealed by the U.S. News Report – and the United States does not feature in the top 10. Denmark was hailed as the best country to start a family, while Sweden and Norway placed second and third, respectively.

The United States ranked eighteenth in the annual best countries report, despite its economy dwarfing every country above it, while the United Kingdom came eleventh.

Canada and the Netherlands rounded out the top five, followed by Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia and Austria.

The Best Countries report evaluated 73 nations across 65 different categories. It surveyed more than 20,000 people in the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. We asked our experts to rate each of the selected countries.

The best countries in the world for raising a child, 2020

RankCountryCEOWORLD magazine Score
1Denmark 66.48
2Sweden65.48
3Norway65.36
4Canada64.85
5Netherlands64.63
6Finland64.63
7Switzerland64.61
8New Zealand64.59
9Australia63.89
10Austria63.07
11United Kingdom61.88
12Luxembourg61.73
13Germany60.87
14France60.8
15Spain60.65
16Italy60.52
17Portugal60.43
18United States60.14
19Japan59.44
20Poland59.39
21Greece59.27
22Singapore58.9
23Czech Republic58.49
24Croatia58.22
25Brazil58.07
26South Korea58.03
27Costa Rica57.96
28Argentina57.53
29Thailand57.32
30Slovakia57.19
31Slovenia56.98
32Mexico56.95
33Estonia56.89
34Lithuania56.79
35Latvia56.68
36Chile56.64
37Dominican Republic56.42
38Romania56.37
39Malaysia56.33
40Philippines56.22
41Israel55.92
42Bulgaria55.45
43China55.42
44Russia55.1
45Turkey54.98
46Panama54.94
47Colombia54.46
48Indonesia54.36
49Peru54.35
50United Arab Emirates54.33
51South Africa54.29
52Ecuador53.79
53Morocco53.46
54Belarus53.43
55Kenya53.23
56Bolivia53.23
57Ukraine53.1
58Egypt53.01
59India52.97
60Sri Lanka52.68
61Qatar52.46
62Serbia52.46
63Vietnam51.95
64Ghana51.74
65Tunisia51.69
66Azerbaijan51.66
67Saudi Arabia51.33
68Jordan51.07
69Oman50.75
70Myanmar50.56
71Guatemala50.22
72Lebanon50.21
73Kazakhstan50.15

What’s the worst country in the world to raise a child?

Kazakhstan came in last for raising kids, followed by Lebanon, Guatemala, Myanmar, and Oman.

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