Finland one of world’s best countries for girls
The index by Save the Children used indicators such as child marriage and the percentage of women MPs to rank countries.
Finland came in second on the list, just behind neighbouring Sweden. According to the report, Every Last Girl, Finland’s proportion of female MPs is over 40 per cent, and over 98 per cent of girls stay in school until the age of 16. Other factors included in the comparison are child marriage, teen pregnancies and maternal deaths.
While Sweden leads Finland in the proportion of female MPs, and has a lower number of teen pregnancies, Finland’s schooling figure came in first on the list, and its number of maternal deaths is also the lowest.
Finland is followed on the list by another neighbour, Norway, and then the Netherlands and Belgium. According to the report, the three worst countries to be a girl are Central African Republic, Chad and Niger.
The report was launched today, on the International Day of the Girl Child.