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Iceland Ranks #1 on Raising a Family Index

By Larissa Kyzer

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Iceland finds itself at the top of another ‘Best Of’ list—this time, “The Raising a Family Index,” compiled by US-based ‘nomadic family’ and travel bloggers Asher & Lyric.

Using statistics from 30 international sources and indexes on safety, happiness, cost of living, health, education, and time, the Raising a Family Index (RF) ranked 35 countries within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and determined that Iceland is currently the best country in which to raise a family. Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Luxembourg rounded out the top five.

Iceland ranked highest in the RF’s safety index, boasting a homicide rate of .73 per 100,000 people (or, 37 murders in the past 20 years) as compared to 34.1 in Mexico and 6.12 in the US. It also scored well in the categories of ‘law and order’ (“Gallup’s global gauge of people’s sense of personal security”), human rights, and number of school shootings (there haven’t been any). The country ranked 3rd overall on the happiness index, after Denmark and Luxembourg, and 4th on the cost index, with only 5% of household income going toward net child care costs, .18% private spending on education, and $788 per capita out of pocket spending on healthcare.

Iceland’s lowest grade on the RF Index came in the category of education, where it received a B-.

Mexico and the United States received the lowest rankings in the index—the only two countries to receive ‘F’ grades overall. The index is largely focused on the challenges faced by families in the US and focuses its analysis on what its key findings ‘mean for American families,’ but does include short analyses of the five countries that fared the best and worst in each of its subcategories.

See the full Raising a Family Index here.

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