Save the Children’s 15th annual State of the World’s Mothers report ranked Finland as the world's best place to be a mother followed by Norway and Sweden. Finland topped the ranking also last year.
The index assesses the well-being of mothers and children in 178 countries using five indicators: lifetime risk of maternal death, under-5 mortality rate, expected number of years of formal schooling, gross national income per capita and the participation of women in national government. According to the report Finland ranks the best because it has strong performance across all five dimensions of maternal and child health and well-being. Although Finland does not perform the absolute “best” overall on any one indicator, it is the only country to place in the top 15 on all five indicators. The top 10 countries of the report, in general attain very high scores for mother’s and children’s health, educational, economic and political status.
Niger, Chad and Mali were ranked the bottom three countries in the report. The majority of the bottom countries on the Index have been in the midst of, or emerging from, a recent humanitarian emergency. Nearly all of them have a recent history of armed conflict and two-thirds are characterized by persistent natural disasters.