May 17, 2017

Finland in top 10 for kids’ rights

Ice cream alone doesn't make children happy, but it helps.
Ice cream alone doesn't make children happy, but it helps.
Visit Finland / Katja Lösönen

Finland is among the 10 countries in the world that best respect children’s rights, reveals the KidsRights Index 2017.

The annual index ranks countries’ performance records concerning children’s rights and is compiled by international children’s rights foundation KidsRights and Erasmus University Rotterdam. It gathers data from various sources and identifies global themes and trends in the field of children’s rights.

Finland was placed 10th in the overall ranking. In the Life category, Finland was 18th, in Health it was 12th, in Education 85th, in Protection 13th and in Child Rights Environment between 35th and 40th.

The top spot was taken by Portugal, followed by Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Spain.

The index points out that economically well-off countries are not necessarily outperforming the rest. The ranking takes available resources into account, which is reflected by developing countries such as Thailand and Tunisia making it to the top 10.

Last year, Finland was ranked ninth.

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