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The best (and worst) countries to be a mother

In light of the upcoming holiday, a new report has been released that details the best and worst places in the world for mothers to live.
Tracie Knabe Snowder, KSL Modified: May 6, 2014 at 3:43 pm •  Published: May 7, 2014
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WESTPORT, Connecticut — In light of the upcoming holiday, a new report has been released that details the best and worst places in the world for mothers to live.

Save the Children released its 15th annual State of the World's Mothers report on Tuesday and nine of the top 10 best countries for mothers are found in Europe, with Finland ranking No. 1 out of 178 countries surveyed. Poor countries ravaged by war and natural disasters make it nearly impossible for mothers to raise their children with the basic necessities of life, according to the report, and Somalia was ranked as the worst place for a mother to raise her children.

Over 250 million children under the age of 5 live in a country affected by violent conflict, the report said. Ninety-five percent of natural disasters occur in developing countries and women and children are 14 times more likely to die from a natural disaster than men.

“In humanitarian emergencies, when basic health services and livelihoods are disrupted, if not totally destroyed, mothers may find it impossible to adequately feed and support their families,” Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children USA, wrote in the report's summary. “They and their children also become more vulnerable to the risks of exploitation, sexual abuse and physical danger.”

Somalia is a dangerous place for women to live because of natural disasters such as floods and the constant armed conflict that uproots families from their homes and livelihoods. One in 16 women in the African country will die from maternal causes and 15 percent of children born won't make it to their fifth birthday.

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