• Norway edition
 
Norway best in the world for mums: report
Getting the good news: Tove R Wang of Save the Children Norway and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (Photo: Terje Bendiksby/Scanpix)

Norway best in the world for mums: report

Published: 08 May 2012 09:39 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 May 2012 09:39 GMT+02:00

The State of the World’s Mothers report, published for the 13th time by Save the Children, puts Norway at the top of a list of 165 countries.

”This shows that Norway’s policies for equality, children and the family work in practice,” said Tove R Wang, head of Save the Children Norway.

”But being the best brings its own responsibilities. Norway must now take the lead in the work to break the circle of poverty in the countries that are faring worst,”

Niger replaced Afghanistan as the worst place in the world to be a mother.

In Niger, a newborn baby girl will likely get four years of education and will have a life  expectancy of 56 years. A Norwegian girl, by contrast, will get 18 years of education and can expect to live to the age of 83.

In addition to education and life expectancy, the study also ranked countries in terms of factors such as the number of health staff in place when a child is born, the number of women using contraception, rules for maternity leave, and the number of children who die before they have turned five. In Niger, one in every seven children dies before the age of five.

”It’s good news that we top this ranking for the third year in a row, but it’s also important to keep a focus on the countries at the bottom of these statistics, ” said Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

”We will continue the work we are doing to improve the health of children and mothers in these countries.”

The Nordic region as a whole is well represented on the list, with Norway followed by Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, Denmark and Finland.

According to Save the Children, Norway also tops the global breast feeding charts and is the best country in the world to be a woman.

The United States ranks as the 25th best place to be a mother.

“While the US has moved up in the rankings, ahead of last year’s 31st place, we still fall below most wealthy nations,” said Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children.

“A woman in the US is more than 7 times as likely to die of a pregnancy-related cause in her lifetime than a woman in Italy or Ireland. When it comes to the number of children enrolled in preschools or the political status of women, the United States also places in the bottom 10 countries of the developed world.”

NTB/The Local (news@thelocal.no)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Norway name new captain for England game
Per Ciljan Skjelbred is Norway's new first team captain. Photo: Vegard Grøtt / NTB scanpix

Norway name new captain for England game

National coach Per-Mathias Høgmo has named Per Ciljan Skjelbred as Norway's new captain on Tuesday ahead of the friendly against England. READ  

Oslo and Gothenburg plan direct rail link
Oslo and Gothenburg (above) set to connect. Photo: Colorful roofs of Gothenburg Sweden

Oslo and Gothenburg plan direct rail link

Norway and Sweden have agreed to start planning a direct train connection between the cities. READ  

Five people eat deadly mushrooms in Norway

Five people eat deadly mushrooms in Norway

Five people are seriously ill after eating poisonous mushrooms on Friday. READ  

Lene Marlin reveals suicide attempt
Norwegian artist Lene Marlin. Photo: Vegard Grøtt / NTB scanpix

Lene Marlin reveals suicide attempt

Musician Lene Marlin has won praise from fans and critics after her openness about depression and a suicide attempt due to the pressures of work and fame. READ  

Øyer murder suspect back in Norway for trial
First images from inside court: Kim Andreas Kristiansen (right) with defence lawyer Geir Lippestad. Photo: Marte Christensen / NTB scanpix

Øyer murder suspect back in Norway for trial

Kim Andreas Kristiansen, the man charged with killing his step-father in Øyer, has appeared in court in Norway on Monday after being extradited from Holland. READ  

Samurai sword attack at Norway wedding
Two Norwegian wedding guests were stabbed by attackers in Skedsmo. Photo: Shutterstock

Samurai sword attack at Norway wedding

Wedding guests in the town of Skedsmo, central Norway, watched in horror as two men were attacked with a Samurai sword on Sunday. READ  

Norway's teachers' strike over as unions agree
Pupils return to Norway schools from Tuesday after teachers' conflicts resolved. Photo: Shutterstock

Norway's teachers' strike over as unions agree

Agreement has been reached about teachers' working hours, ending the strikes that have disrupted Norway for over two weeks, it was announced on Monday. READ  

Base jumper dies in Oslo ski ramp plunge
Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo. Photo: Jon Olav Nesvold / NTB scanpix

Base jumper dies in Oslo ski ramp plunge

An unidentified person was found dead after a failed base jump at the Holmenkollen ski jump ramp in Oslo on Sunday. READ  

Plane forced to emergency land in Oslo
The Novair Airbus plane with a punctured tire performs an emergency landing in Oslo Gardermoen. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix

Plane forced to emergency land in Oslo

A plane carrying 191 passengers had to circle over Oslo for hours before emergency landing at Gardermoen airport after a suspected flat tyre after taking off on Sunday. READ  

Ebola threat to Norway: Sweden fears first case

Ebola threat to Norway: Sweden fears first case

Sweden has confirmed a suspected case of Ebola on Sunday, making it possibly the first Nordic case of the virus. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Norwegian man in 7,000 litre 'Ice Truck Challenge'
Society
Norwegian brewery pulls 'fart-smelling' beer
Sport
Ødegaard: Norway's youngest player ever
Features
Meet Norway's raining kings of fashion
National
Miracle cat survives 20 gunshots in Norway
National
Second death within hours at Chess Olympics
National
Norway and Sweden mark 200 years of peace
Culture
Interview: Helene Meldahl, selfie artist
Society
Now serving ... Norway's smallest bar
Travel
Floating Northern Lights hotel planned in Norway
National
Circus camel escapes again
National
Swiss bus driver charged with careless driving in fatal Norway crash
Society
Brit's charity tractor trek heads for Norway
National
Norway lifts Segway ban
Culture
GALLERY: Ten great songs about Norway
Society
Høie promises to reform sex change law
Education
Norway fjord invaded by monster jellyfish
Culture
VIDEO: Norwegian anti-Facebook film goes viral
Culture
Norway pop duo hits number 4 on US charts
Sport
Norway fan wins big on Suarez bite bet
National
Solberg 'most chatty' leader on Twitter
Culture
British Airways takes 'Slow TV' to the skies
International
Top Norway lawyers back Snowden Nobel
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

328
jobs available