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Best and Worst Countries for Babies on Their First Day of Life

BEST: SWEDEN

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BEST: LUXEMBOURGWORST: SOMALIABEST: SINGAPOREWORST: DRCBEST: ESTONIAWORST: MALIBEST: CYPRUSWORST: SIERRA LEONEBEST: SWEDENWORST:CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

BEST: SWEDEN

Sweden’s government-funded health care system covers the cost of maternal care. The country has one of the world’s best parental leave policies -- families are given a total of 480 days of paid maternity or paternity leave per child.

The international nonprofit Save the Children's “Birth Day Risk Index” ranks 186 countries based on where babies have the best shot at surviving their first day of life. Click here to read PBS NewsHour's full report.

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