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10 Best Countries to Raise Children and Start a Family

Parents around the world always look for the best situations for their children. It isn’t unheard of when couples intend to move to another country to ensure their baby boy or girl gets the best possible care and education. Even those who wouldn’t move out of their country tend to be curious about what areas are the most child-friendly. Is your nation on the list? Let’s find out.


10. Norway

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If you live in the United States, be prepared to see a lot of international kid-friendly areas. Norway happens to be one of them. Parents will be pleased to know that the country ranks ninth in OECD rankings for reading, math, and science. That’s five spots ahead of the U.S. Children are also entitled to full child care in numerous day-care centers.


9. Netherlands

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If you’re a parent who works or studies in the Netherlands, you are entitled to childcare allowance for kids under the age of 12. The European Child Safety Alliance Steering Committee represents the Netherlands. The system works to aid child safety in homes, schools, roads, and the development of comprehension.


8. Ireland

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Those living and working in Ireland may be able to receive the child benefit option. If your child is under the age of 18 and enrolled in full-time education, you may be eligible. The Child Safety Programme is put in place to prevent unintentional injuries to kids.


7. Switzerland

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Switzerland is considered to have one of the best, if not, the best education system in the world. They are ranked sixth when it comes to their system by USNews. The Mercer survey placed Zurich, a city in Switzerland, in second place in terms of safety.


6. Iceland

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According to the OECD Better Life Index, Iceland scored a 9.8 out of 10 in life satisfaction. Iceland received the same score for safety. On top of that, 78 percent of adults aged 25-64 have completed upper secondary schooling.


5. Canada

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Canada is highly regarded for its schooling. On OECD scores for math, reading, and science, the country ranked third. There are a bevy of safety programs provided by Child Safe Canada. From self esteem programs to avoiding danger, Canada does its part to ensure kids remain safe.


4. Finland

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Parents should have no fear over Finland’s school system. The country ranked second in reading, math, and science OECD scores. By law, every kid under the age of seven has the right to child care in Finland.


3. Slovenia

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Slovenia has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Save The Children (STC) had the country at number two in their list of the best places to raise kids. Slovenia fell just short of first to Norway.


2. Sweden

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The U21 ranked Sweden as having the second best school system in the world. STC ranked Sweden fifth for best places for kids to live in. Crime rates are low and violent crimes are considered to be very rare.


1. Japan

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We end this international list with Japan. The country scored an outstanding 0.35 score by STC for its school system. Japan is fifth in OECD scores for reading, math, and science. Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and it even decreased in 2017.

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