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List Rules The safest countries for female citizens to work and lead happy, productive lives

List of the best countries for women ranked from best to worst. When determining which country is the best for women, many factors must be taken into consideration. Are women being treated equally to men in the workplace? Do ladies have good access to healthcare? Is safety a concern for females when they are alone? These questions and more must be answered when determining which country is the best for women.

Workplace equality is an important issue for women in all developed nations. In 2013, The Economist created a “Glass Ceiling Index” that placed New Zealand at the top of the list of best countries for working women. Norway and Sweden also appeared high on the positive list with the U.S. landing in the 12th best position.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development points out that Bulgaria is the best country for women when it comes to maternity leave, offering more than 56 weeks of paid time off. Norwegian women spend the least amount of time doing housework in their free time and the women of Japan experience the least amount of domestic violence.

With all things considered, which country would you rank as the best for women? Vote on this list and let your voice be heard.
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201 36
Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Roy100 added Netherlands Amsterdam

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2
163 51
Belgium is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Belgium City of Brussels

3
155 52
Denmark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Denmark Copenhagen

4
180 66
Germany is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Germany Berlin

5
165 39
Luxembourg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Luxembourg Luxembourg

6
144 49
Austria is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Austria Vienna

7
146 58
Finland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Finland Helsinki

8
133 53
Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries for Women

9
169 68
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries for Women

10
138 56
Spain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Spain Madrid

11
134 46
Monaco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries for Women

12
123 59
Italy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Italy Rome

13
123 55
Portugal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Portugal Lisbon

14
134 61
Latvia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Latvia Riga

15
121 61
Australia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Australia Canberra

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16
125 52
United Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries for Women

17
159 78
Slovakia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Slovakia Bratislava

18
118 66
New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries for Women
New Zealand Wellington

19
127 67
Greece is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Greece Athens

20
168 87
Bulgaria is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Bulgaria Sofia

21
128 78
England is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries for Women
England London

22
160 84
Hungary is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Hungary Budapest

23
140 96
Sweden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Sweden Stockholm

24
124 95
Canada is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Canada Ottawa

25
176 88
Israel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Israel Jerusalem

26
146 94
Norway is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Norway Oslo

27
124 91
Iceland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Iceland Reykjavik

28
138 98
France is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Countries for Women
France Paris

29
140 84
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Brazil Brasília

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156 126
United States of America is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Countries for Women
United States of America Washington, D.C.

31
312 247
Poland is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Poland Warsaw

32
150 96
Puerto Rico is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Puerto Rico San Juan

33
137 108
Russia is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Russia Moscow

34
146 100
Colombia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Colombia Bogotá

35
140 97
Ecuador is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Ecuador Quito

36
159 142
Japan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Japan Tokyo

37
33 9
Ireland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Countries for Women

38
104 95
Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Adder added Madagascar Antananarivo

39
87 80
Thailand is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Thailand Bangkok

40
24 7
Cyprus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Countries for Women
'Γιωργος Σταυρου' added Cyprus Nicosia

41
120 131
Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Adder added Vietnam Hanoi

42
124 142
South Korea is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Countries for Women
South Korea Seoul

43
22 10
Iran is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Countries for Women
sogol added Iran Tehran

44
122 114
South Africa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Countries for Women
South Africa Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria

45
87 111
Laos is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Adder added Laos Vientiane

46
86 111
Bhutan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Adder added Bhutan Thimphu

47
100 128
Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Adder added Cambodia Phnom Penh

48
117 136
Philippines is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Philippines Manila

49
85 108
Lesotho is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Lesotho Maseru

50
95 141
China is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Countries for Women
China Beijing