RANKED: The 19 best countries to live in 2020 if you're a woman

  • US News & World Report has released its annual ranking of the Best Countries for Women.
  • Based on a survey of nearly 9,800 women around the world, the list is part of the wider Best Countries rankings.
  • To produce the Best Countries for Women list, 73 countries were given scores across five attributes: human rights, gender equality, income equality, progress, and safety.
  • Once again, Scandinavian countries topped the list.
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Denmark is once against the best country for women to live in, swapping the top spot with Sweden in US News & World Report's latest annual rankings. The Scandinavian country last held the crown in 2018.

The Best Countries for Women ranking was put together following a survey of nearly 9,800 women as part of the media organization's wider Best Countries ranking.

The full 2019 Best Countries List surveyed more than 20,000 people from 73 different countries for 65 different attributes grouped into nine categories, including quality of life, adventure, citizenship, and power.

Each country was also given an equally-weighted score across five attributes in order to produce the women-focused ranking: care about human rights, gender equality, income equality, progress, and safety.

Unsurprisingly, Scandinavian countries dominated the list.

Here are the 19 best countries in the world to live in 2020 if you're a woman, ranked in ascending order.

19. Up one spot from 2019, Portugal scored just 0.9 for income equality, but 6.5 for safety.

18. Japan was ranked the same as it was in 2019. Income equality was rated at just 1.7, and a low score of 0.7 for gender equality.

17. Spain moved up two spots from 2019. While the income equality score was 1.0, gender equality was 5.5.

16. Italy scored a 6.8 on safety, and 5.5 on gender equality. However, income equality was 1.2.

15. The United States was up one spot from its ranking of 16th in 2019. It scored a 7.1 on gender equality and 8.7 on being progressive, but just 1.5 for safety, and 1.1 for income equality.

14. France was ranked the same as it was in 2019. It scored especially well in gender equality and human rights, at 8.2 for each.

13. Unchanged overall from 2019, the United Kingdom's gender equality score declined to 8.5, from 8.8 the year before.

12. Although down one spot, Luxembourg's safety rating improved to 9.1, from 8.8 in 2019. Income equality was also up to 5.5, from 4.8 in 2019.

11. Not only did Germany fall a spot, but its score for being progressive also tumbled, from 9.8 in 2019 to 8.9 in 2020. Gender equality was 7.3.

10. Austria wasn't ranked in 2019, but this year it scored especially high in safety, at 9.3, and human rights, at 8.5.

9. Australia's 9.6 safety rating was high, while gender equality was 8.0.

8. Like Australia, New Zealand also has a 9.6 safety rating and 8.0 gender equality score. But income equality in New Zealand was higher, at 6.7 compared to Australia's 5.2.

7. Switzerland was ranked the same as it was in 2019. Safety was rated as a perfect 10. Human rights was also high, at 9.3.

6. Finland, whose new government is led by women, scored 9.3 in gender equality. Income equality was a relatively high 8.1, though a decline from 2019's 9.6.

5. Canada also scored high in gender equality, at 9.3. But income equality declined, from 7.5 in 2019 to 7.3 in 2020.

4. Norway had a perfect 10 for income equality. Safety was nearly perfect, too, at 9.8. Gender equality was 8.8.

3. The Netherlands rose two spots from 2019 into the top three. Human rights was a 10, while income equality leaped to 8.1 in 2020, up from 6.9 in 2019.

2. Sweden was on top in 2019, but fell to second in 2020. Still, gender equality and human rights rose to 10. Safety was 9.4.

1. Denmark returned to the top spot as the best country to live in if you're a woman in 2020, a title it last held in 2018. Gender equality was 9.6, safety 9.8, income equality 9.2, progress 7.9, and human rights 9.8.

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