Iceland Tops KidsRights Index

Vala Hafstað

Iceland ranks first in the international rankings of the 2019 KidsRights Index, an annual global index which assesses how well countries adhere to and are equipped to improve children’s rights.

The index is an initiative of the KidsRights Foundation, in cooperation with Erasmus University Rotterdam: Erasmus School of Economics and the International Institute of Social Studies. It comprises a ranking for all UN member states that have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and for which sufficient data is available, a total of 181 countries.

The index ranks countries, based on the following five categories: right to life, right to health, right to education, right to protection and enabling environment for child rights.

Last year, Iceland ranked second, behind Norway, and fourth in 2017.

Portugal ranks second this year, followed by Switzerland, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. Sweden, Denmark and Norway rank 9th, 10th and 16th, respectively.

You can view the full list here.

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