These two were just voted the BEST countries in the world to have a childhood
Thinking about starting a family?
Then you might be intrested to know that Save the Children has just revealed the best places to have a childhood as part of the ‘End of Childhood’ index the charity has compiled.
The report was conducted to highlight the ‘700 million’ children worldwide who Save The Children say have had their childhood ended too soon.
Ireland didn't do too badly at all, coming in 7th out of 173 countries, beating both the UK (at 22nd place) and the US (ranked at 36th place) based on facts that there are no moderate or severe risks to children overall when it comes to factors like mortality rates, out-of-school rates and child homicide rates, as well as things like early marriage, adolescent births and displacement by conflict.
So out of the 37 countries worldwide that has ‘few children at risk of missing out on childhood’ Ireland was firmly on the list.
However; there were two countries the 'End of Childhood’ index determined to be the absolute best places to raise children in the world: Norway and Slovenia.
West African country Niger was ranked the country where children were at the worst risk of childhood ending prematurely, with the bottom 20 consisting entirely of African countries.<
The report highlights how as many as 263 million children worldwide are currently out of school, while 168 million are involved in some form of child labour.
Teenage pregnancies and childbirth is also listed as a major cause of having childhood end far too soon for many, many children worldwide, with the report stating how giving birth as teenagers is “forcing them to assume adult responsibilities and putting their health, education and economic prospects at risk.”