Norway crowned the most liveable country for women 

The study, released on International Women’s Day (March 8), analyzed 100 countries worldwide. Nordic countries occupy 5 of the top 6 spots, with Norway, Sweden, Canada, Finland, Iceland and Denmark rounding out the top six.

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Why this story matters:

Norway has been crowned the most liveable country for women according to the Women’s Liveability Index 2019.

The study, released appropriately on International Women’s Day, analyzed 100 countries worldwide. Nordic countries occupy 5 of the top 6 spots, with Norway, Sweden, Canada, Finland, Iceland and Denmark rounding out the top six. The bottom three spots are occupied by Pakistan, Ethiopia and Nigeria. Europe dominated the top 30 spots with only five non-European countries (Canada 3rd, Australia 12th, Singapore 13th, New Zealand 18th and South Korea 27th) being included.

Norway provides women with 637 days of maternity leave; 36% of C- Level jobs and 40.15% of government positions are occupied by women. Norway is also the best country for women’s health infrastructure.

In contrast, women in Nigeria are allowed 98 days of maternity leave, occupy 28.9% of C-level jobs but only 8.80% of government positions.

Canada was named the safest country for women, followed by Austria, Iceland and Ireland. Australia had the highest education levels for women, followed again by Iceland. Estonia provides the greatest number days for maternity leave, allowing women to take 1162 days with Slovakia, Finland and Hungary not falling far behind (with 1148, 1127 and 1120 days of maternity leave respectively).

The study also included a category on "Equal Pay Day", calculating “the day from which women essentially work for free until the end of the year due to the Gender Wage Gap”. For example, even as the top ranked country for women, after December 8, women are essentially working for free. 

Details from the story:

  • Four categories were identified: Infrastructure, Inequality, Legislation and Work.
  • Twenty factors that fell under the four categories were considered, such as; how safe a country is for women; incidences of domestic violence; access to health and education for women; maternity leave; human trafficking; taxes on female sanitary products; the year women could first vote and the gender wage gap.
  • The aim was to provide a variety of factors both critical to a woman’s wellbeing and for society at large to gain an accurate representation of their quality of life.
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