According to the more than 7,000 women who filled out surveys as part of U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 Best Countries rankings, the Kingdom of Denmark is perceived as the “Best Country for Women.” Of the 60 countries surveyed, the Nordic nation scored the highest on a compilation of five country attributes: cares about human rights, gender equality, income equality, safe and progressive.

As U.S. News notes in its findings, “Denmark is consistently among the globe’s happiest nations, according to the World Happiness Report. And one study found that retired Danish women are the most content in all of Europe.”

Coming in sequentially behind Denmark are #2 Sweden, #3 Canada, #4 the Netherlands and #5 Australia.

click to image to enlarge (each summary via U.S. News and World Report)


Taking the very last spots on the rankings list, and consequently perceived as “the worst countries for females,” are #59 Pakistan and #60 Algeria. Both are “criticized by human rights groups for their treatment of women,” as the report points out.

See where your country and others rank on the full list of Best Countries for Women here.

Lead Photo Credit: Nelson L.