Norway Best For Moms, Afghanistan Worst

A new survey measuring the well-being of mothers and babies shows that the best place in the world to be a mom is Norway, where maternal and child mortality rates are low, women's life expectancy and years in school are high, and the average maternity leave is about one year.

Australia and Iceland join Norway at the top of Save the Children's 12th annual Mothers Index, released Tuesday. Afghanistan comes in last, and the United States places 31st.

Released every year in the days before Mother's Day, the international nonprofit group's ranking analyzes the maternal and child indicators and other published information of 164 countries.


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  • by Kane on May 3, 2011 at 09:33 AM
    I don't think their system would work here, and not for the reasons most may think. Norway has a population of around 5 million. I don't think implementing a system like Norway's in a nation of 300 million would work. There's simply too many people.
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 12:20 PM in reply to Kane
      You seem just as bright as Dave...
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on May 3, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    These "benefits" of taking a year off with the birth of a new child is costly and they are taking money from others so you can stay home with their baby. We also have a much higher population of minorities that live their entire lives on entitlement programs that suck money away from possibly being able to do these things. Look at the countries on the top of this list. They are all white!! So all of you that like these benefits, what do you suggest that the US does?
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      by Bubba on May 3, 2011 at 12:19 PM in reply to Dave
      So according to you, when white people become the minority race in 20 years or so, us white people can start living off the entitlement programs like the minorities do now... Wow... just in time for retirement. We are the wealthiest nation on Earth, and yet this little po-dunk country can offer so much to its citizens... What an embarrassment.
  • by Scott on May 3, 2011 at 08:18 AM
    Can't imagine why Afganistan would be so bad...
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      by Sam on May 3, 2011 at 11:01 AM in reply to Scott
      Can't think of anything good that ever came out of Afghanistan.
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        by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 01:26 PM in reply to Sam
        Heroin?
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 3, 2011 at 07:44 AM
    Well my wife and I are ready for our little one to come out here in 2 months. We'll make sure to give our little one the best possible environment to live in and we feel like it's where we are at right now.
  • by Bubba on May 3, 2011 at 07:21 AM
    All of the Nordic Counties have very high quality of life rates across the board. This is due to the fact that they have a lot of social programs that work. If you measure quality of life with work productivity then the US would be higher.
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    I'm to old to reproduce but I would love to move there. Great place!!!!
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on May 3, 2011 at 04:30 AM
    Instead of trying to emulate them, why don't all those who seem to think so highly of the way they do things in Norway simply move there to reproduce??
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 06:39 AM in reply to Kimo
      Why should we have to move? We should be able to get the same benefits as well. It's only humane.
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 06:44 AM in reply to Kimo
      Because some people are smart enough to see when something works better and try to implement it for the benefit of our society instead of ignorantly saying, "If you don't like it, leave."
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 01:48 PM in reply to Kimo
      I can't tell by your name if you are a man or woman. I am a woman and a mother and I can tell you that I love the USA with all my heart but we are very crappy when it come to maternity leave.
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 04:08 AM
    They also respect 'family' time for new Moms and babies from work unlike in US where you get MIGHT get 8 weeks maternity leave or maybe not. Women take terrible care of themselves in US. Smoke, drink and eat awful while pregnant if they even bother to follow through with a pregnancy. They use abortion as birth control.
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