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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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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

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Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries for Women

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

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Finland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Finland Helsinki

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

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

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

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

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Latvia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Latvia Riga

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Portugal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Portugal Lisbon

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

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Australia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Australia Canberra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Madagascar Antananarivo

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South Korea is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Countries for Women
South Korea Seoul

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Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Vietnam Hanoi

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

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South Africa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Countries for Women
South Africa Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria

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Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Cambodia Phnom Penh

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

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

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

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

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

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Lesotho is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Countries for Women
Lesotho Maseru

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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