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Norway is No. 1 country in which to be a mom, US plummets to 33rd on annual list

May 5, 2015

Moms around the world may want to pack their bags and head for Scandinavia. Norway has been named the best country in which to be a mom in Save the Children’s 16th annual State of the World’s Mothers report. The United States sank to 33rd on the list. The top 10 spots on the list are mostly occupied by European countries and dominated by Scandinavian nations. Somalia took last place on the 179-nation list. The ratings for each country are based on a number of factors including maternal and child health, education, income, and the political and economic status of women. The 10 worst nations in which to be a mother are all in sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti, which is tied for 169th with Sierra-Leone. Last year the U.S. ranked 31st on the list and fell behind Poland, Croatia and Japan this year. The report notes that of all countries in the developed world, America has the worst maternal mortality rate. Women in the U.S. are 10 times more likely to die in childbirth than women in Poland. View the complete list below.

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Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that the top 10 countries on the list are all European nations. Australia is ninth on the list and is definitely not in Europe.