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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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Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Netherlands Amsterdam

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Germany is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Germany Berlin

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+ - 157 48
Belgium is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Belgium City of Brussels

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Denmark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Denmark Copenhagen

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Austria is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Austria Vienna

6
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Finland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Finland Helsinki

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Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries for Women

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+ - 160 38
Luxembourg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Luxembourg Luxembourg

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

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+ - 133 51
Spain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Spain Madrid

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+ - 131 41
Monaco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries for Women

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+ - 119 55
Italy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Italy Rome

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

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

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Poland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Poland Warsaw

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New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries for Women
New Zealand Wellington

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Australia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Australia Canberra

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+ - 148 71
Slovakia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Slovakia Bratislava

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+ - 119 72
England is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries for Women
England London

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United Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries for Women

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+ - 112 66
Greece is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Greece Athens

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+ - 151 83
Bulgaria is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Bulgaria Sofia

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+ - 143 80
Hungary is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Hungary Budapest

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+ - 104 93
Canada is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Canada Ottawa

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+ - 119 93
Sweden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Sweden Stockholm

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Israel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Israel Jerusalem

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Norway is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Norway Oslo

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Iceland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Iceland Reykjavik

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+ - 99 95
France is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Countries for Women
France Paris

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

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+ - 97 79
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Brazil Brasília

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Russia is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Russia Moscow

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Puerto Rico is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Puerto Rico San Juan

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

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

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+ - 113 141
Japan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Japan Tokyo

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South Korea is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Countries for Women
South Korea Seoul

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+ - 88 128
Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Vietnam Hanoi

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+ - 76 91
Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Madagascar Antananarivo

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Thailand is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Thailand Bangkok

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+ - 76 125
Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Cambodia Phnom Penh

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+ - 93 110
South Africa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Countries for Women
South Africa Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria

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+ - 63 108
Laos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Laos Vientiane

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+ - 61 109
Bhutan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Bhutan Thimphu

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+ - 91 134
Philippines is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Philippines Manila

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Ireland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Countries for Women

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Lesotho is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Lesotho Maseru

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Iran is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Iran Tehran

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Cyprus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Cyprus Nicosia

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