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  • This Country Was Named The Best Place In The World To Raise Kids

    The study also shared what kids say make them the happiest.
    by Kitty Elicay .
This Country Was Named The Best Place In The World To Raise Kids
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  • Raising happy, healthy, and successful kids has always been the goal of most parents, but have you ever wondered whether the country you’re living in plays a part in fulfilling that wish? According to a new report, some countries do provide a better environment for raising kids than others, and Norway, a Scandinavian nation in Europe, is the best country in the world to raise kids.

    The study, which was conducted by medical publication The Lancet, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, looked at 180 countries and rated them according to a “child flourishing index,” which measured factors like child survival rates, how many years they spend in school, nutritional data, access to health services, hygiene and sanitation, maternal mortality, prevalence of violence, teen birth rates, and lack of poverty. At the same time, researchers also looked at the carbon emission levels of each country to see how children’s future is being protected in relation to a changing environment.

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    Norway, which is famous for its mountains, fjords, and northern lights, topped the list, followed by South Korea, Netherlands, France, and Ireland. Denmark, known as the happiest country in the world, came in sixth place. Meanwhile, the Philippines ranked 110 out of 180.

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    The leading nations were found to have superior systems in place for cultivating child development like schools, hospitals, and environmental policies, according to CNBC.com. However, the study also stated that not a single country performed well on all three measures of child flourishing, sustainability, and equity. This meant that “no single country supports a healthy childhood and an environment fit for the future,” reports Insider.

    Some of the top countries on the list where kids can grow up healthy, safe, and educated, also ranked high when it came to excess carbon emissions.

    “This report shows that the world’s decision makers are, too often, failing today’s children and youth: failing to protect their health, failing to protect their rights, and failing to protect their planet,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO in a statement.

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    “This must be a wakeup call for countries to invest in child health and development, ensure their voices are heard, protect their rights, and build a future that is fit for the children,” he added.

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    “Promoting better conditions today for children to survive and thrive nationally does not have to come at the cost of eroding children’s futures globally,” said minister Awa Coll-Seck, co-chair of the WHO-Unicef-Lancet Commission.

    Only nine countries performed well for their children in terms of combined environment and health and welfare metrics. These countries are Albania, Armenia, Grenada, Jordan, Moldova, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Vietnam, and Uruguay.

    But no matter which country the children are raised, the study pointed out that the kids all said the same things when asked what made them the happiest: family togetherness, safety, cleanliness, and access to education and culture. So, while we may not all be able to live in Norway, we can still ensure we are raising our kids to grow up in their happiest and healthiest state.

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