10 Best Countries for Moms

Think it's the U.S.? Guess again.

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Correction appended May 12, 2013

For Moms in Finland, every day is Mother’s Day. A new report from the non-profit Save the Children says the Nordic nation is the best country on the globe for mothers to live.

As the Atlantic reports, the child advocacy group’s 14th annual State of the World’s Mothers report relied on five key metrics for its rankings: per capita income, lifetime risk of maternal death, mortality rate for children under 5, education levels, and the frequency of women in governmental positions of power. It also focused on what it calls the Birth Day index, which compares death rates for newborn babies in 186 countries. As the Atlantic points out, however, the report did not take into account happiness or where women are having the most children.

(MORE: Where is The Best Place to Be Born in 2013?)

Scandinavia is definitely a good place to be a Mom: Sweden placed second,  Norway third, and Denmark sixth. In fact, all but one of the top 10 countries where Moms are the safest are European, with Australia placing tenth. The ten unsafest places for mothers are all located in Central Africa, with the Democratic Republic of Congo ranking worst. An estimated 98% of newborn and 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries where basic health care services are scarce.

The best news to emerge from the report is a dramatic decrease in maternal and child deaths overall. The annual number of children under age 5 who die each year dropped by more than 40%, from 12 million to 6.9 million, while the number of maternal deaths declined almost 50%, from 543,00 to 287,000, since 1990. An influx of community health workers has also helped countries like Tanzania and New Zealand to reduce infant morality rates.

(MORE: What’s Ailing America? U.S. Falls Behind in Health, Life Expectancy)

In more sobering news, the study ranked the U.S. 30th overall in mother and child well-being, with the most newborn deaths in the industrialized world. Though industrialized countries make up only 1% of the world’s newborn deaths, the U.S. still has 50% more first-day deaths than all other industrialized countries combined. The report attributes this to premature births and a high rate of teen pregnancy, among other reasons.

Check out the top 10 best and worst countries for mothers below, and see the full report here.

Best: 
1) Finland
2) Sweden
3) Norway
4) Iceland
5) Netherlands
6) Denmark
7) Spain
8) Belgium
9) Germany
10) Australia

Worst: 
167) Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
168) Chad
169) Nigeria
170) Gambia
171) Central African Republic
172) Niger
173) Mali
174) Sierra Leone
175) Somalia
176) DR Congo

Correction: The original version of this story featured an outdated map of Finland’s borders and sparked considerable debate about whether the country is actually part of Scandinavia. The updated version of this article now refers to Finland as a Nordic nation.

74 comments
MarkusLehtipuu
MarkusLehtipuu

We should rewrite the history, and this time corrrectly.

Russia was killing and mistreating Jews as early as 1881. 

In 1917, Soviet Russia started murders and imprisonments based on "guilty by association" or because one belonged to a group.

In 1923, Soviet Union was the first country in Europe to open a concentration camp for civilians (Solovki Island, in White Sea, where a museum gives the details). The first country globally: Great Britain. 

In 1933, Soviet Union already has killed "six million" people, in Ukrainian Holodomor, which was reported in at least one newspaper of that time. 

In 1937-38, Soviet Union built the worst terror state in the history of mankind, often called "Stalin's purges" but more rightly, Stalin's terror.

It was Stalin, who was present at the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop pact meeting, smiling in photos, shaking hands with Ribbentrop, and toasting for Hitler (who apparently did not bother attending).

It was Soviet Union that actively seeked living space, as shown in occupation of the Baltic States, was against Finland, war against East Poland (and common victory parade _with_ the Nazis), and occupation of Bessarabia. These occupations also remained until 1991, and in Finland's case, even today.

When the Nazi Germany occupied Latvia, it planned to bring 167,000 Germans to live in Latvia, as a "living space" programme. But in real world, the Soviet Union did bring almost 1,000,000 Russians and other Slavs to live in Latvia, as a "living space" programme.

On 14 June, 1941, over 15,000 Latvian citizens were taken to Siberian labor/concentration camps. Among the 15,000+ victims: 1700 Latvian Jews. 

Stalin's GULAG concentration camps were more common than those of the Nazis.

After WWII, it was Soviet Union that continued with GULAG-labor camps and when the world was in shock about the Holocaust against the Jews, what did Stalin decided to start in 1950? Yes, persecution of Jews.



Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/05/10/10-best-countries-for-moms/#ixzz2T6rhC9ZF

MarkusLehtipuu
MarkusLehtipuu

Finland's legitimate borders remained the same from 1812 to 1944, except for Petsamo (today ethnically cleansed and Russified as Petchenga) which was added in 1920. 


When Finland and Soviet Russia signed the agreement on official borders, in 1920, no changes occurred in the southern border line, ie. the Karelian border.

In 1932, another official agreement, now between Soviet Union and Finland, verified the 1920 agreement, as legal and valid. 

What happened in 1939, was a criminal act by Josif Stalin. He was more or less hosting the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, in which all Finland, the Baltic states, and Eastern Poland and Bessarabia were "ceded" into the Soviet Union's "sphere of interest", totally illegally. This was done between Stalin and the Nazis, and old photos and documents show Stalin shaking hands (perhaps a Freemason handshake?) with Ribbentrop, and Stalin toasting for Hitler. THESE ARE FACTS, although happily forgotten by most people. (Date: 28 August 1939)

In 1940, Stalin demanded MORE territory, kind of "living space" for the Slavic superior race, from Finland, than his criminal gang, the "Red Army" had been able to occupy within legal territory of Finland.

What resulted, was an ethnic cleansing, which, by definition, is a crime against humanity, and which will always remain, until corrected.

Russia MUST return Finnish territory back Finland, unless it wants to be a criminal robber country, as it remains today.


VirpiHatakka
VirpiHatakka

Hello!

And welcome to Finland of 2013. The new millennium has began and the big era of Google Maps could be an useful help in order to get some actual topographic information about our country. Read more and learn, please.

yours sincerely,


Virpi

JoaoPeter
JoaoPeter

Joao

Sorry to spoil your day dear veikkosaksi, but Finland is not a Scandinavian country. Never been. Except when was part of Sweden. Finland belongs to Nordic countries like someone else already wrote.

But the mistake of Time I could accept and have bigger Finland even I haven`t lived in Finland in many, many years.

veikkosaksi
veikkosaksi

Finland IS a Scandinavian country. I happen to be a Finn and know this. Sweden is also, and Norway.

Yes, Tarto Peace Treaty border from 1920 are the only correct borders for Finland and Russia.

FMSaigon
FMSaigon

Sorry, but you need a correction to the correction, Finland is not a Scandinavian country, Norway definitely is. Pre-war borders also for Finland. (It would nice to have back my grandfather's family farm in Karelia though, even the dilapidated ruins)

swefin
swefin

Now excuse me but Scandinavia includes the three kindoms of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. No Finland in Scandinavia. If you add Finland the "nation" best for moms is called Nordic countries. 

So way to go Nordic countries!!

veikkosaksi
veikkosaksi

Yes Fnland. And thank you very much. You finally put the perfectly correct borders for Finland! They are actually borders before 1939 and after that the Soviet Union ceded 45,000 km2 from the Finnish territory. But your borders are ok.

We should also remember that the USA never accepted the borders drawn according to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact 23.08.1939. So the borders are ok also for that reason. We can read the USA's opinion from Mr. Sumner Welles's statements, Kongress and Senate statements and also President Roosevelt statement.

Kindly remind the Finnish government also of the right borders. And do not forget that the USA gave to the Soviet Union Lend-lease aid which was about 11B Dollars. When you count it as a burden of current Finland on a GNP basis, you will get about 2,200B US Dollars! Quite a lot of that sum was also used against Finland.

BradSharek
BradSharek

This is why Time is dying, calling Finland a Scandinavian country.

Nordic. Ask a Finn before you publish.

IikkaVaartëla
IikkaVaartëla

@JenniferMcIntosh Hi Jennifer,

I am taking the liberty to speak for the majority of my country (Finland), but before joining that you should understand a couple of things. 1) The areas of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia were returned when the Soviet Union collapsed, and the area that belonged to Romania is now the independent state of Moldova. 2) Most people living in the formerly Finnish areas do not identify as Finns, nor do they speak Finnish as their native language. They are mostly Karelians and Russians, who speak Karelian or Russian. 3) Finland does not want the areas back and if Russia were to return them, Finland would probably not accept them. 4) Finns who support ideas like this are usually right wing extremists. Majority of Finns do not want the areas returned, nor do the majority of the people living in those areas want to join Finland.

I know you are just trying to be helpful, but sometimes that can be the worst thing to do, if you are not very familiar with the issue. In this case your support will only help the right wing extremists gain popularity.

veikkosaksi
veikkosaksi

@Karina_Dotter  Thank you, Karin. Unfortunately I did not have time to read your writing carefully, but … 

And Happy Mothers' Day!

Stein-Erik
Stein-Erik

Norwegian here. Finland is a Scandinavian and a Nordic country. Veikkosaksi is right.

veikkosaksi
veikkosaksi

@JoaoPeter I can see that you have not lived in Finland. It's my motherland. I know these matters well as your perhaps know the founding fathers of the USA and John Morton as one of them. Mr. Morton's roots were also in Finland - in Sweden at that time.

It's not speaking of great or Great Finland when wanting to have own territories back. Only if you support strongly violence and violent peace treaties, then you can accept that Pechenga, Karelia and some other territories, totally 45,000 km2, belong to Russia.

veikkosaksi
veikkosaksi

@JoaoPeter  You have partly correct information, partly not. Finland IS a Scandinvian country AND it is a Nordic country. It is BOTH. Look more carefully the Wikipedia article.

WeikkoWaltari
WeikkoWaltari

@veikkosaksi You make rest of us in Finland look bad with your retarded commentary. Finland is NOT part of Scandinavia, it's a geographical fact. We are however part of Fennoskandia, a bigger area with similiar name.

veikkosaksi
veikkosaksi

@FMSaigon  Kindly read the Wikipedia article in all peace and look at the map. You are speaking of historical matters. Roughly 200 years ago Finland was a part of Sweden. After that it was part of Russia. From 1917 it has been independent and part of Scandinavia.

joshfinn
joshfinn

@veikkosaksi you are re-posting something from finnbay.com. This news was broken by them at the first place.

JouniMinkkinen
JouniMinkkinen

@IikkaVaartëla @JenniferMcIntosh For the majority? Maybe but that might be tight. There are many reasons why Finland should seek solution for return of Petsamo and Carelia. Petsamo is our key to Arctic Ocean and Carelia could be turned into joint economic area with Russia.

swefin
swefin

@Stein-Erik  Finn here, Scandinavia is a peninsula, which geographically means that Finland is not a part of it.

Ztuke
Ztuke

@veikkosaksi @JoaoPeterTyhmäkin tietää, että Suomi ei kuulu Skandinaviaan. Kopioi vastaukseesi siitä Wikipedian artikkelista, johon väitteesi perustat, se kohta jossa lukee, että Suomi kuuluu nykypäivän Skandinaviaan. Käy koulut ja sitten tule väittelemään. :)




Karina_Dotter
Karina_Dotter

@WeikkoWaltari @veikkosaksi

In the most commonly accepted international interpretation of the term, Finland indeed is normally considered a part of Scandinavia and the Finnic people of Scandinavia and Fennoscandia as Scandinavians.  Please take the rest of my response in my comment above.

veikkosaksi
veikkosaksi

@WeikkoWaltari @veikkosaksi  Your have mistaken. Your confuse some words. From this article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandinavia you have not found out one word: HISTORY. Finland was historically a part of Sweden, later part of Russia.

Look again at the map and you see Finland is one of the Scandinavian countries. As said I am a Finn and know this. Everyone in Europe knows this. You should read more carefully Wikipedia.

veikkosaksi
veikkosaksi

@thisladycomeswithbrains You can't be any Finn, if you do not know that Finland is part of Scandinavia. Tell me, is it part of Russian federation or what, if not a Scandinavian country.

You have no argument defending your opinion. You have read very badly the Wikipedia article. Look at the maps, look at the text. First they are speaking historically. 

Finland got independence in 1917. After that it has been a Scandinavian country and Nordic country and European union country from 01.01.1995.

FMSaigon
FMSaigon

@veikkosaksi @FMSaigon Sorry, but back to the school bench. Finland is a Nordic country, but not a Scandinavian country, I think learned that in geography class in fifth grade.

JanneJääskeläinen
JanneJääskeläinen

You made me laugh. Still i mourn for the innocent. I know, that everyone will get what they deserve.

IikkaVaartëla
IikkaVaartëla

@JouniMinkkinen @IikkaVaartëla @JenniferMcIntosh It's not actually very tight. Even the highest numbers on polls about the subject, say that only about 30% of Finns would like Karelia to be a part of Finland, and it should be remembered that the number of people actually demanding Karelia to be returned is smaller than that. Of course in Carelia the support for joining Finland is even smaller.

Whether you are for it or against it, it should still be made clear, for any foreigners thinking about signing any petitions, that this is absolutely NOT a diplomatic issue between Finland and Russia. The official position of the Finnish government is that there is no territorial dispute, nor does it see any reason to start negotiations in the future.

veikkosaksi
veikkosaksi

@Summer16 @veikkosaksi  Yes, you are right. Relating to this issue it is not important if Finland is a Scandinavian country, Nordic country, EU country, WTO country, EC country … Best congratulations to Moms!

Karina_Dotter
Karina_Dotter

@Ztuke @veikkosaksi @JoaoPeter

What ever stance one prefers to choose in these topics, Wikipedia should not be trusted too much as a good source.  Wikipedia is a place where people group together, in attempts to embed various schools of thoughts in controversial issues.  Accordingly, information on Wikipedia often gets distorted.

In reference to Scandinavia, please take the rest of my response in my other comments.

MattiYr.
MattiYr.

@Karina_Dotter @WeikkoWaltari @veikkosaksi

In Finnish schools they teach for us, that it is a common misunderstanding that Finland would be part of Scandinavia. But of course, Scandinavia is just a word, used to describe something, which countries belong to it, depends totally about the definition.

Scandinavian peninsula, includes Norway, Sweden, and very northern parts of Finland, so geographically can't say that Finland would be part of Scandinavia. Geographically, Finland is part of Fennoscandia.

Another definition is about cultures and languages. Finnish is Uralic language, while Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish as well as German and English are all Germanic languages. Swedish, Norwegian and Danish are considered to be Scandinavian languages, north germanic languages.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Germanic_languages

The third relation could be culture. This is the only thing of these three, which could make Finland a Scandinavian country.

But by the official definition, as far as I understand, Finland is a Nordic Country in the first place, together with Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark. Scandinavian countries are then the ones with North Germanic languages, and countries that are fully on the Scandinavian peninsula, in which Finland does not belong.

veikkosaksi
veikkosaksi

@TapioSintonen @MattiYr. @veikkosaksi @WeikkoWaltari 

Konferenssi-ajatuksesi on oikein hyvä. Olisi hyvä suuremmallakin joukolla miettiä näitä yhteisiä naapureita.

Kun olin Riiassa ja Brysselissä MEP professori Inese Vaideren järjestämissä konferensseissa, niissä puhuttiin totalitarismista ja NL:n toimista ihan selvällä kielellä. Se on raikasta kuultaa suomalaisen suomettuneisuuden/finnofobisen suhtautumisen jälkeen.

Kommentoisin laajemmin, mutta täytyy valmistautua aamun lähtöön.

TapioSintonen
TapioSintonen

@MattiYr. @veikkosaksi @WeikkoWaltari

Terveisiä vaan Liettuasta ja Etelä-Ruotsista, joista palasin juuri parin viikon patikkaretkeltä. Kummassakin tuntee olon yhtä kotoisaksi kuin koto Suomessa. Suomen scandinaavisuus ei ole siis pelkästään maantieteellinen kysymys, vaan kysymys on paljosta muustakin.

Kysymys on siitä että Venäjä on erittäin suuri poikkeus baltialaisessa ja pohjoismaisessa viitekehyksessä. Kukaan täkäläinen ei viihdy viikkoa pidempään Venäjällä ja haluaa ehdottomasti palata kotiin, mutta Liettuassa tai Ruotsissa ei tälläistä tunnetta synny ihmisten keskuudessa. Siellä voi viipyä vaikka vuoden kerrallaan ja palata aina uudelleen.

Pohjoismaisia ja baltialasia ihmisiä yhdistää sama tunne jonka Venäjä aiheuttaa kaikissa. Venäjä koetaan kaikkien keskuudessa uhkana, ahdistavana ja arveluttavana tekíjänä, joka jollakin tapaa herättää negatiivisia tuntemuksia kaikkien keskuudessa. Tämä on sekä yhteinen tunne, joka perustuu sekä kokemukseen että yleiseen tietoon Venäjästä.

Kaikki tietävät, että Venäjä yhdistää ulkomaan kaupassaan normaalin kaupankäynnin ja politiikan, joka herättää kaikkien keskuudessa suurta ahdistuksen tunnetta. Venäjän ilmavoimien toiminta Itämerellä ja käynnit Kaliningradissa aiheuttavat kaikissa yhteistä turvallisuuden tunteen uhkaa.

Tässä on siis kysymys siitä että kaikki tuntevat saman tyyppisiä tuntemuksia Venäjän suhteen. Kysymys ei ole siitä mitä kieltä puhutaan tai mihin maantieteelliseen alueeseen kuulutaan, vaan miten ihmiset kokevat Venäjän yhteisesti. Kaikki jakavat tuntemuksen että Venäjä on arveluttava, arvaamaton, ylimielinen ja huomattavan poikkeava valtio lähinaapureidensa mielestä.

Pohjoimaiden ja balttialaisten olisikin syytä järjestää yhteinen konferenssi jossa käsiteltäisiin näitä yhteisiä tuntemuksia, joita Venäjä aiheuttaa heissä.

veikkosaksi
veikkosaksi

@MattiYr. @veikkosaksi @WeikkoWaltari  Mitäpä tästä asiasta kinaamaan, Karina Dotter käsitteli asiaa laajemmin yllä.

Sinänsä on sangen kiinnostavaa havaita, että niin moni suomalainen seuraa tätä kanavaa. Minä satuin tänne vain Iltalehden viitteen perusteella. Aika ei anna periksi jatkuvaan seuraamiseen, vaikka ehkä kannattaisi.

MattiYr.
MattiYr.

@veikkosaksi @WeikkoWaltari 

Veikko, Suomessa opetetaan peruskoululn neljännellä luokalla jo, ettei Suomi kuulu skandinaviaan. Voihan se olla, ettei näin kaikkien mielestä ole, sehän on sopimuskysymys, näin kuitenkin kouluissa opetetaan käsittääkseni aivan virallisesti.

Voihan se siihen kuulua, tai olla kuulumatta, riippuu tietysti aika pitkälti miten Skandinavian  määrittelet. Mutta wikipedian määritelmän mukaan siinä on kaksi puolta, skandinaaviset kielet, joihin Suomi ei kuulu, koska Suomi ei ole germaaninen kieli, kuten Ruotsi, Norja, englanti, saksa jne. ovat. Suomen kieli on uralilaisen kielikunnan kieli

http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skandinaaviset_kielet

Maantieteellisesti taas Skandinavian niemimaahankan Suomi ei kuulu kuin lapin osalta.

http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skandinavian_niemimaa

Skandinaviaksi yleisesti taas mielletään kielellisesti ja kulttuurisesti tämä pohjoinen germaaninen alue. ja tottakai historiallisista syistä vaikutteita on saatu paljon sekä idästä että lännestä.

Nykypäivän opetuksen ja käsityksen mukaan, Suomi ei kuitenkaan kuulu skandinaviaan.

Iam a Finn too, and do know this, officially taught in school is that it is a misunderstanding that people often do. :)

veikkosaksi
veikkosaksi

@WeikkoWaltari @veikkosaksi  Simply. Finland is a Scandinavian country. Finland was no country when being a part of Sweden.

I saw that you do not want to understand. If you happen - according to your name you should - understand and know that Finland became independent in 1917. After that it has been a flu Scandinavian country. 

In principle it is not important, what is important is that Finland is no Russian country or part of Russian federation.

WeikkoWaltari
WeikkoWaltari

@veikkosaksi @WeikkoWaltari I'm not sure I dare to facepalm right now, because it'd be so hard I'd drill a hole into my head.


Being part of anything has very little relevance on geographical locations, what you're basically saying is that since Finland was part of Russia, we're part of Siberia.

swefin
swefin

@veikkosaksi @thisladycomeswithbrains  Maantieteen juuri kirjoittaneena voin sinulle kertoa että Skandinavia on niemimaa (mantereesta mereen pistävä laaja maa-alue) maantieteellisesti tähän maa-alueeseen lukitellaan (kallioperänkin mukaan) Ruotsi, Norja ja Tanska. Suomi ja kuolan niemimaa mukaanluettuna muodostaa fennoscandian. Jos kulttuurillisesti haluat liittää Suomen Skandinaviaan niin Pohjoismaat on silloin oikea nimitys. Sillä, että Suomi itsenäistyi ei ole mitään merkitystä maantieteen kannalta. Et ehkä ole ymmärtänyt että kyse on nyt maantieteestä, ei suinkaan kulttuurista.