The Netherlands is the 11th best country to raise a family

The Netherlands has come 11th in the world in a ranking of the best countries to bring up children. The research, by Asher Fergusson, considered six factors to make this ranking.

The six factors are actually six different indices: Safety, Happiness, Cost, Health, Education and Time. These six indices can then be broken down into thirty individual factors: for example, Time is broken down into: average hours worked per year, number of weeks of paid maternity and paternity leave, and the number of days of paid sick leave and vacation.

The research focused on 35 OECD countries. Unsurprisingly, all the Scandinavian countries ranked high, with Iceland narrowly beating Norway out of the top spot. The Netherlands is all the way down at number 11, with Belgium coming in a few spots above at number 9 (the biggest outrage any Dutchie can face).

In terms of the individual factors, the Netherlands came second in the Education Index, and fifth in terms of Safety. Overall, the country gets a B+ grade according to the Raising a Family index.

If you’re ready to jump ship and head to a better spot than the Netherlands, here are the top 15 countries for raising a family:

  1. Iceland
  2. Norway
  3. Sweden
  4. Finland
  5. Luxembourg
  6. Denmark
  7. Germany
  8. Austria
  9. Belgium
  10. Czech Republic
  11. Netherlands
  12. Portugal
  13. France
  14. Australia
  15. Slovenia

What’s your experience of raising children in the Netherlands? What’s the worst part? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ailish Lalor
Ailish was born in Sydney, Australia, but grew up by a forest in south-east Ireland, which she has attempted to replace with a living room filled with plants in The Hague. Besides catering to her army of pannenkoekenplantjes, Ailish spends her days convincing her friends that all food is better slightly burnt, plotting ways to hang out with dogs and cats, and of course, writing for DutchReview.


  1. Hello, my husband (Dutch) and i (English) are moving to The Netherlands in September so our girls can benefit form the Dutch Education system. It’s going to be a big move for the girls S they are 13 and 15 years old but we are sure they will embrace the education system and a new lifestyle fully.


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