Good News from Fri, 11 May, 2012:

Finnish mothers have it good

Finnish mothers enjoy good health, education and economic status Finnish mothers enjoy good health, education and economic status

Finland is the sixth-best place to be a mother, according to Save the Children’s 13th State of the World’s Mothers report, which compares 165 countries.

The ranking looks at factors such as a mother's health, education and economic status, as well as critical child indicators such as health and nutrition.

Finland performed highly on female education, political representation and maternity leave policies. It also has one of the highest ratios of female-to-male earned income and the second lowest under-five mortality rate (tied with five other countries) in the developed world. 

Norway came in at first place followed by Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand and Denmark.

Worst place to be a mum is Niger followed by Afghanistan, Yemen, Guinea-Bissau and Mali.

Nutrition is rated as a key factor in determining mother and child well-being and of the ten countries at the bottom of the index, seven are in the midst of a food crisis. 

www.savethechildren.org

VL