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Wed, 07 May, 2014 12:00:08 AM
FTimes- Xinhua Report, May 07
 
Mother and child on the beach. A mother and one-year-old child on the beach on a summer holiday. Finland is the best country for mothers. Photo - Lehtikuva
Finland was ranked the best place in the world to be a mother, according toan independent research published on Tuesday.
     
International non-government organization Save the Children made the ranking in its annual report -- State of the World's Mothers 2014.
     
The rankings monitored the conditions of mothers in 178 countries -- where mothers fare better and where they face more hardship.
     
Among the reviewed countries, Finland was ranked the best for being mothers, followed by other Nordic countries Norway, Sweden and Iceland. Somalia was considered to be the toughest place to be a mother.
     
This has been the second consecutive year in which Finland topped the organization's Mothers' Index.
     
Mothers' well-being was assessed under five indexes, namely maternal health, child mortality, education, working income and political status.
     
According to the report, one in 16 pregnant women in Somalia is likely to die of a maternal cause, while in Finland the ratio is only one in 12,000.
     
As for education, children in Somalia receive less than 2.5 years of normal education, while typical Finnish children stay in school for 17 years.
     
Nearly 43 percent of Finnish parliamentary seats are held by women, whereas the ratio in Somalia is only 14 percent.
     
Although Finland did not perform the absolute "best" on each indicator, it became the only country to be ranked in the top 15 on all five indicators.
     
China was ranked the 61st, the best among major emerging developing countries.
     
Save the Children was established in Britain in 1919, promoting rights, providing relief and giving support for children in developing countries. It has published its annual report, State of the World's Mothers, since 2000. 
 
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