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

An international organization ranks countries in the world according to the sense of security and services the state offers to mothers and children. The figures for Israel are encouraging. Israel ranks in 18th place. France is 23rd, Great Britain is 24th and the US is 33rd.
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The international organization Save the Children that is based in Washington, DC ranks countries in the world according to the sense of security and services the state offers to mothers and children.  Israel is ranked in 18th place out of the 179 countries in the world.   US ranks 33rd, Canada ranks 20th, France ranks 23rd, Great Britain ranks 24th, and Russia ranks 56th.

Five of the best countries are in Scandinavia.   Norway won first place.  They are followed by Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden.  The 20 countries that are the worst for mothers and children except for Yemen are all located in Africa.   The five worst countries for mothers and children are Somalia, Congo, the Central African Republic, Mali, and Niger.

The Arab country that ranks the highest is Saudi Arabia at 38th place.   Jordan is ranked in 100th place and Syria ranked at 116th place.   Iran is in 84th place and Turkey is at 65th.   The countries are ranked according to five parameters: Maternal health, children’s welfare, education level, economic status and the percentage of women in parliament.  

According to the data, the chances of a mother dying in Israel is 1 out of 17,400.   In the US, it is 1 out of 1,800 and in Great Britain, it is 1 out of 6,900.   In Israel, the mortality rate for children under age 5 is 4 out of 1,000.   A child in Israel can expect to receive 16 years of formal education.   The GDP per capita stands at 33,930 NIS.  The proportion of women among Knesset legislators stands at 22.5%.  

In the 11 worst countries for mothers and children, 1 in 8 children die before their 5th birthday, 7 out of 10 mothers lost a child during their life, and on average, 1 out of 30 mothers will die due to pregnancy complications.   

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