Iceland places third on Save the Children’s list of countries where it is easiest being a mother in 2010, up by one place since last year. Iceland is topped by Norway and Australia and followed by Sweden and Denmark.
From Laugardalur in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
New Zealand, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany also made it into the top ten, while Afghanistan places at the end of the list of 160 countries, Morgunbladid reports.
Also, a report by Save the Children says that one of every five children born in Angola and Somalia don’t reach the age of five, while in Iceland one child of every 333 dies before its fifth birthday.
Annually, Save the Children publishes the Mothers’ Index (based on the latest data on health, nutrition, education and political participation) and ranks 160 countries—both in the industrialized and developing world—to show where mothers fare best and where they face the greatest hardships.
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