The US News & World Report has released its annual ranking of the Best Countries for Women.
Based on a survey of nearly 9,000 women around the world, the list is part of the wider Best Countries ranking.
To produce the Best Countries for Women list, 80 countries were given scores across five attributes: human rights, gender equality, income equality, progress, and safety.
Unsurprisingly, Scandinavian countries dominated.
Sweden has regained its place as the best country for women to live in, having lost the top spot in an annual ranking from US News & World Report to Denmark last year.
Released ahead of International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8, the Best Countries for Women ranking was put together following a survey of nearly 9,000 women as part of the media organisation’s wider Best Countries ranking.
The full 2019 Best Countries List surveyed 20,000 “informed elites,” “business decision-makers,” and members of the general public worldwide to discover how 80 different countries are perceived on a global scale for 65 different attributes grouped into nine categories, including quality of life, adventure, citizenship, and power.
Read more: 2018’s best countries to live in if you’re a woman
Each country was also given an equally-weighted score across five attributes in order to produce the women-focused ranking: care about human rights, gender equality, income equality, progress, and safety.
Unsurprisingly, Scandinavian countries dominated the list.
Keep reading to see 2019’s 19 best countries in the world to live in if you’re a woman, ranked in ascending order.
19. Spain. Down one spot since 2018, Spain only scored a 5.8 for gender quality and human rights, and an extremely low 1.0 for income equality.
18. Japan. Scoring only a 0.8 for gender quality, Japan made up its score with 10.0 for being “progressive.”
17. Italy. With average scores on gender equality and human rights, Italy scored poorly for income quality at 1.1
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