The best countries in the world for women

There’s now a list of the best countries in the world in which to be a woman.

Lately it feels as if every other week there’s a new city or country being named the best place in which to live or to visit. But here’s a title with a subtle difference. The best country in which to be a woman has just been revealed from data collected from over 7000 women who completed the surveys for the 2016 Best Countries rankings.

Sorry fellas, you’ll have to sit this one out…

As part of an initiative from BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, countries have been ranked based on factors including adventure, citizenship, cultural influence, entrepreneurship, heritage, movers, open for business, power and quality of life.

The Best Countries for Women were determined by a slightly different set of attributes, namely gender equality, caring about human rights, income equality, safety and progressive thinking.

So where in the world should you be if you’re a woman? Without further ado the winners are:

  1. Denmark
  2. Sweden
  3. Canada
  4. The Netherlands
  5. Australia
  6. New Zealand
  7. Germany
  8. United Kingdom
  9. Luxembourg
  10. Austria

Ok, so we didn’t quite take out the title, but it’s good news Australia still made it into the top five due to more women taking leadership roles in Australian universities, workplaces, boardrooms and in government. The Netherlands was noted for the benefits it provides to new mothers, with Canada’s government getting a mention for protecting women’s rights as part of its domestic and foreign policy. The Swedes apparently have the most progressive attitudes toward gender equality and the overall winner, Denmark, was rewarded for their parental leave policy, which is one of the most flexible in the European Union.

When it comes to the best countries in which to live in for both genders, the results were similar, although Australia sadly slipped to sixth place, although not sliding as far as Denmark, which dropped to tenth position:

  1. Germany
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. United States
  5. Sweden
  6. Australia
  7. Japan
  8. France
  9. The Netherlands
  10. Denmark

What do you think of these results? Do they surprise you? Do you think Australia deserves to be in the top five best countries for women? 

View the full list of Best Countries for Women here.



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    27th Feb 2016
    Before I even looked at the list, I said to myself the Number 1 country for women to live and especially to visit would be Denmark and wow I was right. I have visited Denmark only once and instantly I felt at home.
    I am sure many factors were taken into account on this survey, but there is nothing like the feeling you get when you take that first step in a new place.
    Go Denmark,
    Crazy Horse
    27th Feb 2016
    The big slide in rankings for Denmark when both genders are considered indicates that it must be a horrible place for men.
    27th Feb 2016
    Why Crazy Horse?
    27th Feb 2016
    Quirke needs to re-read the lists!!
    27th Feb 2016
    Quirky must be of female gender.
    27th Feb 2016
    Fast Eddie, the Troll without any friends, failed to read the article, again. Denmark is No 1 for women.
    27th Feb 2016
    Stretch-the-Truth, your gears aren't meshing, again. Read your comment - it makes no sense whatsoever. You need medication.
    27th Feb 2016
    Quirky is a woman. She felt at home in Denmark. Denmark is No 1 for women.
    It is no 10 for women and men.
    Words of two syllables or less for your benefit Fast Eddie. Now, can you understand that explanation or should I talk more slowly?
    Take a deep breath, hold back your hysteria and read the article again.
    27th Feb 2016
    You make no sense whatsoever. YOU read the article again. You wouldn't have a clue.
    27th Feb 2016
    These surveys really make me laugh,
    There are 5,543,346,897,543,975,001+ billion females in the world...
    How does a mere 7'000 answer for the rest of us?
    my mind boggles at the expense that pile of useless information cost to gather and file?
    27th Feb 2016
    If only we had leaders in Oz,,What a great place it could be
    27th Feb 2016
    There is a correlation between the countries that are best for women and the countries that are best for men and women. Most of the top ten countries fit both categories, with the exception of Japan, France and the USA. Coincidence?
    27th Feb 2016
    28th Feb 2016
    No disrespect intended but I feel this type of article is a waste of energy. I can't see what is achieved.
    28th Feb 2016
    If you are a female considering emigration, work or travel abroad, this could be very useful.

    Also, if you are a male whose little heart breaks at the thought of visiting a country with gender equality, AVOID DENMARK!

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