It’s an important choice when you’re about to start a family: where to live. What kind of life do we want to offer our children? If it is not always easy to see clearly, it is with this objective that the travel website Asher&Lyric decided to make a ranking of the countries where it is best to live as a family. To establish this ranking, six categories were selected, identified as being the conditions favorable to the creation of a family: safety, happiness, cost of living, health level, education and time spent with the family.
The site’s founding couple, Asher and Lyric Fergusson, came up with the idea of creating the “Raising a Family” index to rank the 35 countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from first to last. “We chose to study the OECD countries only because of the reliable social data they have, which is paramount for this study,” explained the creators of the travel site. At the top of the ranking: Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
If France comes out of it rather well by taking the 13th place, the United States, a destination that often makes young people dream, are not so lucky. Uncle Sam’s country did not score well, finishing 34th out of 35. Just behind, Mexico (considered as the most dangerous country in the world) closes this ranking. If the country comes last, it is mainly because of a very bad score in categories such as security, health, education or happiness (5th least happy country).
The United States, an unequal, expensive and dangerous country
So one might wonder what the United States, the world’s greatest power, is doing, neck and neck with the most dangerous country. If Donald Trump’s country is in such a poor position, it is because it scored very poorly in the categories of human rights (fourth most unequal country), cost of living (last position) and safety (riskiest country behind Mexico).
According to the study, Iceland is the best country in the world for a family life. Indeed, everything is there to live happily: the country is considered the safest in the world and is also ranked fourth in terms of standard of living.
Mr. Ferugusson said that Iceland has “reached the top ten in all categories and is at the top of the rankings for safety. In addition, Iceland is a world leader in human rights because regardless of a child’s background, the Icelandic constitution guarantees that he or she will be treated the same as an Icelandic child.
Top 35 countries to live in with your family:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- Slovak Republic
- United States