Croatia ranks as the 24th best country in the world to raise a family, according to a new report from U.S. News & World Report and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
The 2020 report on the best countries to raise children has been published and sees Scandinavia dominating the top three positions.
The ranking report draws from a global perceptions-based survey and ranks countries based on scores from a compilation of eight country attributes: caring about human rights, being considered family friendly, its environment for gender equality, being seen as happy, having income equality, being safe, and having well-developed public education and well-developed health care systems.
Croatia finished in 24th position, between the Czech Republic in 23rd place and Brazil in 25th position, and climbed one position from 2019.
“Croatia has found itself at the crossroads of major historical movements, both East and West. These political shifts have uniquely shaped its present-day borders, which curve around Bosnia and Herzegovina in central Europe and stretch along the Adriatic Sea opposite Italy,” writes the article.
Denmark tops the rankings list, followed by Sweden and Norway. Canada in fourth place, New Zealand in eighth position and Australia in ninth place are the only countries in the top ten outside of Europe. The United Kingdom comes in at eleventh place and the USA at 18th position.