The US News and Worlds Reopt conducted a survey on more than 9,000 women as part of its wider ‘2017 Best Countries’ ranking, to determine which of the 80 countries around the world are the best for women to live in.
Here are the top 10 of the best countries in the world for women:
Chancellor Angela Merkel is proof that women are just as powerful as men in Germany.
9. New Zealand
New Zealand is a country which consistently maintains peacekeeping efforts, making it one of the best places for gender equality.
With its high-income democracy and rich culture, Austria is the ninth best country in the world for women.
Not only does Australia have a high life expectancy for both females and males, it is a country with high sporting participation from both genders.
Switzerland takes pride in being diverse and its liberal attitude is reflected in its attitude towards women’s rights.
Together with Luxembourg, Finland was among the first in the world to grant women the right to vote. It was also the first to legalise universal suffrage.
All new mothers in the Netherlands are given several benefits, including access to a maternity nurse, with the cost (or part of it) covered by insurance.
Mothers in Norway can take up to 35 weeks of maternity leave at full pay or 45 weeks at 80 per cent pay, making it one of the most gender equal nations in the world.
Denmark has landed second in the top 10 best countries for women. Its earnings-related daycare system and one of the most flexible parental leave policies in the EU contribute to making it a pleasant country for women to live in.
Gender equality is a key feature in Sweden, making it the best country for women to live in. Almost two-thirds of university degrees are obtained by women, and up to three months of leave are granted to each parent during parental leave.