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What are the world's best and worst places to be a mother? The 13th annual Mothers' Index analyzes health, education and economic conditions for women and children in 165 countries.

Norway ranks #1 this year and Niger ranks last. The United States comes in at #25 among the 43 developed countries ranked. See the FAQs below to find out why.

Also find below the full rankings and features illustrating the risks mothers and children face globally and the U.S. role in reducing preventable deaths.

 

2012 Mothers' Index Rankings

Top 10 - Best places to be a mother Bottom 10 - Worst places to be a mother
RANK COUNTRY RANK COUNTRY
1 Norway 156 DR Congo
2 Iceland 156 South Sudan
3 Sweden 156 Sudan
4 New Zealand 159 Chad
5 Denmark 160 Eritrea
6 Finland 161 Mali
7 Australia 162 Guinea-Bissau
8 Belgium 163 Yemen
9 Ireland 164 Afghanistan
10 Netherlands/United Kingdom 165 Niger
 
   
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