Danish mothers can’t complain, at least according to a Save the Children
report on the 165 best, and worst, countries to be a mother in.
According to the report, Norway tops the list followed by Iceland, Sweden, New
Zealand and then Denmark.
“The fact that Denmark ranks so high is because of a good parental leave
system, a generally long education for girls and women and good delivery
help. Danish women deliver almost always either at a hospital or with
professional help,” Save the Children Programme Coordinator Jakob Eilsøe
Mikkelsen tells Ritzau.
Women’s education, economy and parental rights are among the indicators used
in the listing.
Eilsøe Mikkelsen says that most of those at the top of the list compare well
on most indicators, with only marginal differences between them.
Worst on the listing is Niger at Number 165, with Afghanistan (last year’s
lowest), Yemen, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Eritrea and Chad just above.
“There have been some small and welcome improvements in Afghanistan that have
made a difference. The famine in Niger has also meant that malnutrition is
much worse than previously and that has pulled Niger down,” Eilsøe Mikkelsen
Trained personnel are only present at a third of all births in Niger, while
trained personnel are present at all Norwegian births. According to Save the
Children, girls go to school on average 14 years longer in Norway than in
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