Netherlands tenth best place to be a mom

POSTED: 05/9/12 2:01 PM

AMSTERDAM – According to the 13th annual State of the World’s Mothers‘ report by the Save the Children Foundation, the Netherlands is the 10th best place in the world to be a mother, Global Dutch Radio reports on its website.

The foundation compares and contrasts the well-being of mothers and children in 165 countries across the globe.

The Netherlands lost points due to its poor pregnancy and parental leave policies. The Netherlands shares the tenth spot with the United Kingdom.

The Netherlands grants women a maximum of 16 weeks of paid pregnancy leave; many European countries have far more generous pregnancy furlough policies. In contrast to most other European countries, the Dutch government does not regulate parental leave policies but leaves that to be regulated through collective labor agreements.

The Save the Children report says Norway is the best place to live if you’re planning on being a mum, followed by Iceland and Sweden. The worst places to be a mother are Afghanistan and Niger. The USA is ranked 25th on the list.

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