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Norway best country to be a mum

Norway is famous not just for its beautiful fjords, but it is also the best place to be, if you're a mum.

This is the finding from Save the Children's 13th State of the World's Mothers report.

Norway has placed first for the third consecutive year.

The ranking, which compared 165 countries around the world, looks at factors such as a mother's health, education and economic status, as well as critical child indicators including health and nutrition.

Singapore was not ranked in the survey, while Malaysia was placed in 41st position.

Niger is the worst place to be a mother in the world - replacing Afghanistan for the first time in two years.

Of the ten countries at the bottom of Save the Children's annual index, seven are in the midst of a food crisis.

The report's index ranking for seven countries in South East Asia were Thailand at 16th place, Vietnam (20th), Philippines (52nd) and Indonesia (59th), while in the category of least developed countries, Cambodia ranked at 6th place followed by Myanmar at 7th and Lao People's Democratic Republic (11th).


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