Where is the best place in the world to be a woman?

A bike lane during rush hour in Copenhagen. (Johan Spanner/International Tribune)

“Danish women still remain the envy of the world”, according to a new report by the US News and World report, which surveyed some 7,000 women in order to discover the best country for women to live in. The women were asked to rate countries on five topics, including gender equality, income equality, safety and progressiveness, and Denmark — which came 10th in an overall list of world’s best countries — came out on top. They have their “generous welfare state” to thank for it, with its “virtually free” healthcare and education systems.

Further boons for Danish women are the fact that the country promotes gender equality, has a “parental leave policy that is among the most flexible in the European Union” and offers an earnings-related child-care system — making it the second best country in the world to raise children. The report also notes that Denmark’s retired women are the happiest in the world, according to a Eurostat study. The top three is completed by Sweden (which has “the most progressive attitudes towards gender equality”) and Canada (where the government made women’s rights part of domestic and foreign policy). All the way on the bottom of the list we find countries where women’s rights are routinely trampled on, such as Algeria and Pakistan.

Read the full story at The Independent.

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