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Children in Sweden have best lives

A child in the US is more than twice as likely as a child in Sweden to die before his or her fifth birthday.

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The United States has scored poorly on a campaign group's list of the best countries in which to be a mother, managing only 28th place, and bettered by many smaller and poorer countries.

Norway topped the latest Save the Children "Mothers Index", followed by Australia, Iceland, Sweden and a string of other developed nations, while Afghanistan came in at the bottom of the table, below several African states.

Sweden was ranked number 1 on the separate "Children's Index ranking", making the country the best place in the world to grow up. 

"While nearly every Swedish child – girl and boy alike – enjoys good health and education, children in Afghanistan face a 1 in 4 risk of dying before age 5", the organisation said in its report.

 Country Mother's index
 Women's index
 Children's index
 Norway 1
 2
 9
 Australia 2 1 28
 Iceland 3 5 6
 Sweden 4 7 1
 Denmark 5 4 19
 New Zealand
 6 3 24
 Finland 7 6 18
 Netherlands 8 9 22
 Belgium 9 11 13
 Germany 10 14

 3

 Sweden finishes first in children’s well-being ranking.

The US showing put it behind countries such as the Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; and eastern and central European states such as Croatia and Slovenia.

Even debt-plagued Greece came in four places higher at 24.

One factor that dragged the US ranking down was its maternal mortality rate, which at one in 4,800 is one of the highest in the developed world, said the report.

"A woman in the Unites States is more than five times as likely as a woman in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece or Italy to die from pregnancy-related causes in her lifetime and her risk of maternal death is nearly 10-fold that of a woman in Ireland," the report said.

It also scored poorly on under-five mortality, its rate of eight per 1,000 births putting it on a par with Slovakia and Montenegro.

"At this rate, a child in the US is more than twice as likely as a child in Finland, Iceland, Sweden or Singapore to die before his or her fifth birthday," the report noted.

Only 61 percent of children were enrolled in preschool, which on this indicator made it the seventh-lowest country in the developed world, it said.

And it added: "The United States has the least generous maternity leave policy -- both in terms of duration and percent of wages paid -- of any wealthy nation."

Norway headed the list of developed countries at the top of the list of best places to be a mother, followed by Australia, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, New Zealand, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

At the bottom was Afghanistan, followed by Niger, Chad, Guinea-Bissau, Yemen, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Sudan, Eritrea and Equatorial Guinea.

"While the situation in the United States needs to improve, mothers in the developing world are facing far greater risks to their own health and that of their children," said Save the Children's Mary Beth Powers.

"The shortage of skilled birth attendants and challenges in accessing birth control means that women in countries at the bottom of the list face the most pregnancies and the most risky birth situations, resulting in newborn and maternal deaths," she added.

Save the Children compiled the index after analyzing a range of factors affecting the health and well-being of women and children, including access to health care, education and economic opportunities.

Thus Norway came top because women there are paid well, access to contraception is easy and the country has one of the generous most maternity leave policies in the world.

Afghanistan however came last because of its high levels of infant mortality and the fact that it had the lowest female life expectancy and the worst rate of primary education for females in the world.

The report recommended more funding for women's and girls' education and better access to maternal and child health care, particularly in the developing world.

In the United States and other industrialised nations, it called on governments and communities to work together to improve education and health for disadvantaged mothers and children.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 04 May 2010 19:56)

 

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#6 2011-04-12 00:34
It's pathetic to see someone (#2) deny factual data gathered in a legitimate study. Don't take the word second-hand then. Go to the original source which is clearly stated at the beginning of this article: Save The Children organization. Not to be disparaging of another human being, but how stupid can you be?
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#5 2011-03-08 05:27
It seems to be in fashion these days to call someone a Socialist simply because they think some other country is doing things better than America. I have always been very patriotic, but America has become an increasingly sad and hate-filled place. If calling someone names makes you feel better, than go ahead,but I am now envying the people of Sweden for the success that we have destroyed in America by our greed and intolerance.
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#4 2011-02-17 00:04
I love these studies; they reveal the lies of the Republicans and professional Obama-haters. All these "socialist" countries eating our lunch in healthcare, technology, education, transportation, infant mortality, you name it. I say to Norway, Sweden, etc., hurrah for you, keep up the good work. An American in Ohio.
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#3 2010-10-12 16:03
The fact that Sweden /Scandinavia is one of the best places to grow up and live in should not be a surprise to anyone except bigoted persons with a fixed set of beliefs.

Sweden with 9 million boasts of world class multinationalös from Ericsson, IKEA and Tetra Pack to H&M, SKF, ASEA (ABB) etc. People here are innovators.
Sweden is far from perfect but it is trying harder then any others.
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#2 2010-05-05 08:29
This article is a complete crock of [censored]. Only a socialist would be stupidly jealous to believe such nonsense.
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#1 2010-05-04 09:44
Under new Bill, Health insurance is a must, but now you can easily find health insurance for your family under $40 http://ow.ly/1AqF1
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