30 Best Places to Raise Children

Which destinations around the world offer the best possible environment for your little munchkins to grow up in? Here are some options to consider.

1. Sweden

The Nordic Nations always score high when it comes to human rights, gender equality and safety and Sweden is considered one of the best places in the world to raise a child. It was at the top of the 2016 Best Countries Rankings, a survey conducted by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

This beautiful and pristine nation might be a little bit cold, but it boasts great maternity leave, a well developed education system, a high quality of life and much more. Parents in Sweden are entitled to 480 days of paid leave and they have the right to reduce their working hours until the child turns eight.

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2. The Netherlands

Did you know that every mother in the Netherlands gets the help of a maternity nurse, with part or all of the cost of this covered by her insurance? This nurse visits the home every day to provide assistance and coaching in how best to care for the newborn. This is an incredibly valuable service that every new mom could benefit from.

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3. Canada

In Canada, the Canada Labour Code ensures that new mothers get up to 15 weeks of maternity leave, which can be used before or after giving birth, or a combination of the two. In addition to that, those who care for a newborn (biological mothers and fathers, as well as adoptive parents and guardians) or who have adopted an older child get parental leave of up to 35 weeks, which can be split between both primary caregivers in any way they see fit.

Plus, Canada would be a great place to raise a kid because they would have so much beautiful pristine nature to run around and play in!

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