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RANKED: The World’s Best Countries For A Child To Be Born In, 2020

Best countries in the world for a child to be born in have been revealed, the 2020 index shows that children in South Korea and Norway have the best chance at survival and wellbeing, while the United States ranks 36th. The United Kingdom ranks lower than 11 other countries on measurements of children’s “nutrition & health” and “education & wellbeing”.

South Korea has been recognized as the best country in the world for a child to be born in for 2020, according to CEOWORLD magazine, while Norway and Japan placed second and third, respectively. The CEOWORLD magazine report compares factors including “education & wellbeing” and “nutrition & health” in a global index of 180 countries. Youngsters in Sierra Leone, Somalia, Niger, Central African Republic, and Chad face the worst odds.

The 2020 rankings placed Belgium in fourth ahead of Iceland into fifth; while the Netherlands ranked sixth and France seventh. Overall, among the top 10 best countries in the world for a child to be born in, the eighth, ninth, and tenth positions are held by Ireland, Denmark, and Sweden.

Best countries in the world for a child to be born in, 2020

RankCountryScoreNutrition and healthEducation and wellbeingRating
1South Korea 97.2698.5395.99AAA
3Japan 96.7598.2895.23AAA
4Belgium 95.4795.7195.23AAA
5Iceland 95.4795.2693.67AAA
6Netherlands 94.2794.8793.67AAA
7France 93.3493.8592.84AAA
8Ireland 92.1891.5892.79AAA
9Denmark 91.8790.9592.79AAA
10Sweden 91.7990.8692.73AAA
11Germany 91.2589.9692.54AAA
12United Kingdom90.8889.4392.33AA
13Luxembourg 90.1188.3891.85AA
14Singapore 88.8987.3590.43AA
15Australia 88.7487.0890.4AA
16Canada 88.7187.0290.4AA
17United Arab Emirates 88.2786.4990.06AA
18Cyprus 87.6785.3290.02AA
19Israel 87.1484.2790.02AA
20Switzerland 86.7883.889.77AA
21Finland 86.7383.6989.77AA
22Spain 86.7183.6689.77AA
23Malta 86.1182.7189.51AA
24Austria 85.581.5289.49A
25Slovenia 85.3681.2789.45A
26Italy 85.2381.0189.45A
27Estonia 84.379.1689.45A
28Croatia 84.1678.9989.34A
29Hungary 84.0878.8389.34A
30Slovakia 84.0678.7989.34A
31North Macedonia 8478.7489.26A
32Lithuania 83.8778.6689.08A
33Kuwait 83.6778.2789.08A
34Portugal 83.5678.1688.97A
35United States83.3477.7488.94A
36Greece 83.2377.5388.94A
37New Zealand 82.7876.7488.83A
38Poland 82.6976.688.78BBB
39Montenegro 82.5976.4188.78BBB
40Belarus 82.5676.3888.74BBB
41Saudi Arabia 82.0175.3288.71BBB
42Latvia 81.8675.0288.71BBB
43Bosnia and Herzegovina 81.3574.2188.49BBB
44Malaysia 80.7873.0788.49BBB
45Bulgaria 80.4672.4488.49BBB
46Cuba 80.3472.288.49BBB
47Bahrain 80.1671.9888.34BBB
48Serbia 80.0471.7588.33BBB
49Antigua and Barbuda 79.9471.6288.27BBB
50Barbados 79.771.1588.26BBB
51Turkmenistan 79.5970.9488.25BBB
52Chile 79.5170.8288.21BBB
53Qatar 79.4170.888.03BBB
54Moldova 79.1270.2887.97BB
55Armenia 78.9169.8887.94BB
56Tunisia 78.7969.6987.9BB
57Vietnam 78.6869.5987.78BB
58Kazakhstan 78.5169.2587.78BB
59Turkey 78.2268.6787.78BB
60Oman 78.1568.687.7BB
61Jordan 78.168.5187.7BB
62Iran (Islamic Republic of)77.9168.2687.57BB
63Thailand 77.7868.0187.56BB
64Trinidad and Tobago 77.6867.9187.46BB
65Uruguay 77.667.7487.46BB
66Mauritius 77.367.1487.46BB
67Morocco 77.2767.0987.46BB
68Albania 77.2567.0787.44BB
69Grenada 77.1566.987.41BB
70Uzbekistan 76.7466.2187.28BB
71Maldives 76.5665.9187.22BB
72Lebanon 76.5465.987.19BB
73Libya 76.365.4787.14BB
74Costa Rica 76.1565.2587.05BB
75Georgia 76.1365.2387.03BB
76Azerbaijan 76.0165.0187.02BB
78Russia 75.8864.8386.94BB
79Romania 75.8364.8186.86BB
80The Bahamas 75.6464.4286.86BB
81Colombia 75.664.3486.86B
82Saint Lucia 75.2463.6286.86B
83Mongolia 75.1863.586.86B
84Algeria 75.163.3486.86B
85Argentina 75.0663.2886.85B
86Tonga 74.9463.0686.82B
87Mexico 74.8562.9586.76B
88Seychelles 74.6262.7286.53B
89Brazil 74.5962.6586.53B
90Ukraine 74.5762.6286.52CCC
91Jamaica 74.3562.4386.28CCC
92Fiji 74.16286.2CCC
93Belize 74.0461.8886.2CCC
94Saint Vincent and the Grenadines73.9261.7386.11CCC
95Kyrgyzstan 73.7561.4886.03CCC
96China 73.7161.3986.03CCC
97Peru 73.761.3886.03CCC
98Tajikistan 73.5661.186.03CCC
99Samoa 73.4460.9485.95CCC
100Paraguay 73.3660.7885.95CCC
101Nicaragua 73.3260.785.95CCC
102Panama 72.9760.1785.78CCC
103Egypt 72.9660.1585.77CCC
104India 72.9260.1485.7CCC
105El Salvador 72.859.9185.7CCC
106Botswana 72.759.785.7CC
107Venezuela 72.2858.9485.62CC
108Ecuador 71.9958.3785.62CC
109Cape Verde 71.9858.3585.62CC
110Philippines 71.8758.2185.53CC
111Sri Lanka 71.8458.1585.53CC
112Honduras 71.8358.1385.53CC
113North Korea 71.8158.0985.53CC
114Bhutan 71.7257.9185.53CC
115Cambodia 71.5857.6385.53CC
116Dominican Republic 71.5657.5985.53CC
117Guyana 71.1956.8685.53CC
118Indonesia 71.1856.8685.5CC
119Bolivia 71.0956.8185.37CC
120Suriname 71.0756.885.35CC
121Myanmar 70.8756.5485.2CC
122Iraq 70.8456.4885.2CC
123Kiribati 70.7456.3685.13CC
124Djibouti 70.6756.2285.12CC
125Gabon 70.4156.1384.69CC
126São Tomé and Príncipe 69.645584.29CC
127Namibia 69.5654.9284.2CC
128South Africa 69.2954.5684.03CC
129Guatemala 68.5853.5483.62CC
130Solomon Islands 68.3953.2383.56CC
131Rwanda 68.1252.7483.51C
132Vanuatu 67.8252.3683.29C
133Ghana 67.3851.7683C
134Equatorial Guinea 67.0451.0983C
135Timor-Leste 66.9351.0582.81C
136Senegal 66.6951.0182.38C
137Laos 65.6249.9481.3C
138Kenya 65.249.9180.5C
139The Gambia 64.5449.1979.89C
140Comoros 64.4149.0279.8C
141eSwatini 6348.4677.54C
142Bangladesh 61.7946.6776.92C
143Nepal 61.5946.6476.54C
144Tanzania 59.4744.9274.02C
145Zimbabwe 58.943.7974.02C
146Eritrea 58.8243.6274.02C
147Zambia 57.0942.5371.65C
148Sudan 56.6342.4570.82C
149Congo 56.3242.1970.45C
150Haiti 56.0141.9470.09C
151Uganda 55.5841.7769.4DDD
152Ethiopia 55.2641.768.82DDD
153Mauritania (Islamic Republic of)55.1141.5268.7DDD
154Togo 55.0241.3968.65DDD
155Burundi 54.8141.3968.23DDD
156Cameroon 54.6141.1768.06DDD
157Yemen 54.4641.167.83DDD
158Papua New Guinea 54.2240.8467.6DDD
159Lesotho 53.8140.8166.82DDD
160Angola 53.640.7766.43DDD
161Côte d’Ivoire 53.1540.6165.69DDD
162Burkina Faso 52.8340.1965.47DDD
163Malawi 52.7540.0665.44DDD
164Madagascar 52.6140.0165.22DDD
165Guinea-Bissau 52.3939.9864.8DDD
166Liberia 52.0139.9264.11DD
167Mozambique 51.9839.9164.06DD
168Democratic Republic of the Congo51.3738.9363.82DD
169Benin 51.338.7963.81DD
170South Sudan 51.138.5663.64DD
171Nigeria 50.9638.4863.45D
172Guinea 50.8338.2863.39D
173Pakistan (Islamic Republic of)50.838.2363.38D
174Mali 50.7438.2263.27D
175Afghanistan (Islamic Republic of) 50.6638.2163.11D
176Sierra Leone 50.5738.0863.06D
177Somalia 50.4137.7763.05D
178Niger 50.2537.5662.94D
179Central African Republic 49.3537.361.41D

Chad has been crowned the worst country in the world for a child to be born in for 2020, while the Central African Republic and Niger placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively. The 2020 rankings placed Somalia in 4th ahead of Sierra Leone into 5th; while Afghanistan ranked 6th and Mali 7th. Overall, among the top ten worst countries in the world for a child to be born in for 2020, the 8th, 9th, and 10th positions are held by Pakistan, Guinea, and Nigeria.

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