The Best Places Where You Can Raise A Child

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in the US annually lists the places where it is best to raise a child. This study analyzed 73 countries from different continents of the world such as Asia, Europe, America, Africa and the Middle East.

The evaluation was based on parameters such as the quality and costs of education, human rights protection, citizen safety and motherhood.

This year the first place is held by Denmark, then Sweden, third Norway, fourth Canada and fifth, Netherlands.

5. Netherlands

The Netherlands climbed to a position this year in the top 5 for child rearing.

In the Netherlands, there are various ways employees can take legal leave, according to the Dutch Enterprise Agency. Mothers are entitled to four to six weeks of maternity leave (before the due date) and at least 10 weeks of maternity leave (after birth).

4. Canada

In Canada, employees covered by the Labor Code are entitled to maternity leave for up to 17 weeks. If both parents are caring for a newborn or newly adopted child, they are entitled to a combined period of parental leave of no more than 63 weeks.

3. Norway

Like other Nordic countries, Norway has generous parental leave policies. Mothers can receive 46 weeks full-time or 56 weeks 80%, according to the World Economic Forum.

2. Sweden

Sweden landed a position in this ranking. Each parent is allowed 480 days of paid paid leave of course and 90 of those days are reserved for each parent, according to, Sweden’s official website.

1 Denmark

Denmark holds the number 1 in this ranking. Europe, the European Union’s official website, calls the Danish system of parental leave “among the most generous and flexible in the EU”. Both parents are given 52 weeks of paid parental leave and mothers are entitled to four weeks of maternity leave before starting work.