International relocations experts, MoveHub, has compiled a list of the world’s most liberal countries in 2017. The report was put together with data from the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2016, the 2016 Social Progress Index report and Yale’s Environmental Performance Index 2016.
The report takes into consideration factors such as minority rights, gender equality, environmental quality and the safety of all. Ranked the countries that made the list on scale of 1, being the most liberal, to 120, being the least liberal.
According to the report, Iceland is considered the most liberal country in the world, followed by Finland and then Sweden. The United Kingdom was ranked 10th in the list of the top countries.
Iceland continues to make great strides in its mission to achieve gender equality. Recently, it made a move to force companies and employers to demonstrate that they payed employees equally, regardless of gender. The country also boasts a remarkable achievement of using 85% of renewable sources for its energy consumption.
Its to little surprise that Finland made it onto the top three, seeing as it ranked first in the 2016 Social Progress Index due to its policies in basic medical care, human rights, access to knowledge and nutrition. Finland has supplied parents, on condition they take prenatal care, with baby boxes that included clothing, toys, diapers and a bed for the past 80 years.
Sweden may be known for its fine chocolates and watches, it also ranked third in the list of liberal countries to move to, with it being one of the best countries to raise a family. New parents in Sweden are offered 16 months of parental leave to share between the mother and father.
Here is the list of the top 10 most liberal countries to live in in 2017:
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom