There has never been any doubt in my mind that Sweden is a great place to start a family, and Save The Children's latest study only confirms that.
Although I am a little weary of the quanitification of children's well-being – I love the freedom, care and ability to 'just be a kid' that seems to be an essential part of Swedish childhood. That and the access to quality health care without the stress of worrying about being hit by strange bills, quality daycare, schools (although I'm still not 100% sold on the Swedish approach to education), and University education.
As for being a Mom – well what can you say – I'm still enoying several days a week of maternity leave.
Back in the US when people would start talking about Family Values I would usually check out because I figured the conversation would segway into religion and traditional values – something that isn't too high on my priority list. But living in Sweden has really shown me the importance of Swedish Family Values – and that is TIME with your FAMILY!
I think if Save the Children also had a 'Best Place to Be a Dad' Sweden would at least make the Top 5, if not the top spot.
Sadly the US fell into the 30s in both categories. (ETA UK was in the teens)
Check out the study here.