A recent list of the “Top 20 Countries to Raise a Family” has had a surprising addition – the Philippines.
The top country was named as Austria, due to a combination of health and safety, general well-being and a wide range of leisure activities.
Austria also provides generous parental leave and “kindergeld” – a monthly allowance for childcare expenses until the child turns 18.
Finland came in second place due to its quality of education. It also has the lowest rate of child poverty in the European Union and the highest rate of employment for women – mainly due to excellent childcare provision.
Sweden came in third place – like Finland it has inexpensive childcare and plenty of parental leave.
Israel was fourth, followed by New Zealand. Sixth place went to Singapore, seventh to Germany, eighth to France, ninth to Australia and tenth to Luxembourg.
The Family Life Index poll was published in InterNations and the information was compiled with help from expat parents who rated the country they moved to in terms of cost, quality, childcare and education.
The Philippines, perhaps surprisingly, fell into fourteenth place.
None the less, as they say “there it is” the Philippines makes another list of places on the up-and-up.
5. New Zealand
18. South Africa
20. Costa Rica